GitOps your kubernetes deployments with Helm and Helmsman

Cloud Native and Kubernetes Oslo

Nov 29, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 PM

In-person event

About this event

Helm (an incubated CNCF project) is the Kubernetes package manager which allows you to parametrize, version and publish your Kubernetes applications. However, Helm is NOT the Kubernetes CI/CD tool. And that’s why we created Helmsman.

We use Helmsman to automate the lifecycle management of Helm releases in k8s clusters using a declarative desired state. The desired state describes how we would like to setup the cluster and deploy the applications. By version controlling our desired states and using a CI tool we can achieve GitOps ( in plain English: trigger changes from git commits).

In this talk, I will explain why we need Helmsman, how it works and how it can be used together with CI tools to achieve GitOps. I will run a demo using Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) and CircleCI (though any k8s provider and CI tool will work the same).

17:00 - 17:15 Meet & Greet
17:15 - 17:30 Brief introduction to Helm
17:30 - 17:45 Why GitOps?
17:45 - 18:00 GitOps with Helm? What’s missing?
18:00 - 18:20 Break
18:20 - ~19:00 Introducing Helmsman and demo

Sami is a DevOps consultant at Praqma where he supports clients with tasks like: automation, infrastructure as code, secrets management, Kubernetes and Helm. He holds a PhD in Computing Science from Newcastle University, UK and has previous experience in teaching, research and software development.



Thursday, November 29, 2018
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM UTC


  • Kristina Devochko

    Tietoevry, Public 360° unit

    CNCF Ambassador & Board Chair, Cloud Native Norway

  • Steffen Pøhner Henriksen


    Cloud Native Developer, Geodata AS

  • Emil Antoni Brasø

    Sopra Steria

    Senior Cloud Native Engineer

  • Bosse Klykken

    Redpill Linpro

    Senior Architect