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!…

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…

April 16, 2018

Working to Live

While on vacation and marveling at something I have waited my entire life to marvel at in person, I was frequently reminded of how extremely blessed I am to have such amazing opportunities that afford me the luxury of travel with my family to exploring the magnificence of things like the Grand Canyon. I would hope that everyone of my colleagues and fellow professionals could share the same sentiment of feeling like they are working to “live” and experience life to the fullest while being professionally fulfilled. What a life that would be.