May 22, 2018

Communication communication communication

We hear it every day, and generally from everyone; communication is key! It’s almost a cliche at this point yet it remains universal, especially in technology. The more complex your projects become the more important the communication within the team and across teams becomes. After all, we all hate repeating the same meeting to “get everyone on the same page” and to “sync up” don’t we? That being said, never forget the basic tenets of communication if you want to be taken seriously and actually get your message across effectively. Below are some examples along with real life anecdotes and mistakes I have made to illustrate them. Language is important!…

May 2, 2018

Enable Continuing Education on Your Teams

How many of us as technology leaders are told in our regular 1×1 with our team members that folks want to learn new things and work on the latest and greatest? Hopefully all of us, right? A quick and painless way of enabling people to scratch the surface is with tools like Pluralsight. My teams all have access to channels I create and share with specific topics and subject matter I want them to focus on as it relates to our projects. There are of course similar free tools available, but the ROI on an investment like Pluralsight or Udemy is in my experience more than worth the cost. Here…

April 28, 2018

What I learned at DevOpsDays@SEA 2018

While there is no doubt the quality of all speakers at the two day conference were exceptional, four of them in particular stood out to me and I wanted to highlight some of their insight here both for my own benefit, and to help consolidate for anyone who may be interested in the “cliffs notes” as they say. Anjuan Simmons, Leadership Lessons from the Agile Manifesto Sam Guckenheimer, Moving 75,000 Engineers To DevOps On The Public Cloud Sarah Hagan, You’re So Empathetic, You Probably Know This Talk’s Not About You John Allspaw, Taking Human Performance Seriously In Software   Leadership Lessons from the Agile Manifesto Speaker: Anjuan Simmons There are two key…