If you think those complex conspiracies are for real: join an IT project and see even the simplest plans fail.
Don't be afraid to step up and talk to a speaker at a conference! They enjoy discussions. By far not enough people use these opportunities.
Nowadays it seems DevOps is not about Dev and Ops together. It's more like a job title for Ops.
OH "Cthulhu is popular among IT professionals because insanity and human sacrifice are part of every great IT project."