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 20, 2018

CRUSHING IT!: HOW GREAT ENTREPRENEURS BUILD THEIR BUSINESS AND INFLUENCE-AND HOW YOU CAN, TOO

Gary himself introduces this book as “new lessons and inspiration drawn from the experiences of dozens of influencers and entrepreneurs who rejected the predictable corporate path in favor of pursuing their dreams by building thriving businesses and extraordinary personal brands.” I don’t disagree with this at all. However, as someone who Gary would consider undeniably not an entrepreneur, an outsiders view of this book is much more that of a cult/clique leader than that of a book of wisdom and truth. This reads often as simple peddling and self indulgence of someone who has worked his ass off for years and now can sow the seeds of that work with a…

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.