April 4, 2018

Docker Compose with ENV variables

Many (all) of my teams are adopting Docker for a full devops workflow and in doing so docker-compose is the de-facto standard for managing an application stack. However, the more sophisticated applications require configuration nuances between environments. In AWS for example, one region may not have a service that is available in your other regions. Obviously you would try to avoid that scenario. However a far more common scenario is simply that your local environment will be connecting to other containers, while your staging and production environments will likely be communicating with “live” services. In any case, the simplest way to manage this across a large team is by using…

March 15, 2018

Ask the HARD questions when Hiring AND Interviewing!

As we embark on more growth at SterlingTS our hiring continues to increase which leads to a lot of resumes, phone calls, and interviews. My peers and I have been discussing and taking this process very seriously, but I wanted to share some sentiments to all of my fellow technologists, engineers, and hiring managers. Everything you do before, during, and after the hiring process is a direct reflection not only on you as a manager, but on the organization you represent. Be consistent, challenging but respectful, and most of all honest, and you will end up with candidates who meet the bar you’ve set, fit the culture and values of…

February 28, 2018

Helping Transform Engineering at SterlingTS

Today I had the wonderful pleasure of championing several technology initiatives with my colleagues in Bellevue during an all-hands technology town-hall. We focused specifically on implementing Docker across our teams for our end-to-end development lifecycle, which is going to transform how we build software. Our teams are doing really amazing work with some of the most talented engineers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I am really excited for what we are doing this year, and my teams are looking for passionate software engineers who want to build transformative SaaS applications and tackle software challenges across many microservices and legacy applications. Also posted on LinkedIn.