In this talk, veteran Kafka success expert, Mitch Henderson, will covers the most common mistakes people make when first adopting Apache Kafka. We will start with smaller single application deployments and work our way up to common mistakes made by larger centralized platform deployments. Among other things, we'll discuss: - Rules of thumb for initial infrastructure and deployment considerations - protecting cluster stability from rouge applications hell bent on destruction - Single large cluster or many small? How to decide? - Getting users onboard and doing productive work After this session, you'll be able to avoid the common mistakes, and confidently guide your team toward a better class of mistakes - those that are directly relevant to the value you add to the business.