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DevOpsDays Raleigh 2017 Speakers and Attendees During the Book Club Open Space

DevOpsDays Raleigh 2017 Book Club

As part of the Open Spaces at DevOpsDays Raleigh, the group decided to do a “Book Club” to share interesting books, podcasts, etc. that would be interesting to us DevOps folks. The members of the conversation were Magnus Hedemark (thanks for tweeting all these), Nirmal Mehta, John Willis, Aaron Huslage, and myself. Here is a compiled list from that discussion: The End of Heaven: Disaster and Suffering in a Scientific Age by Sidney Dekker — Accidents and disasters have become technical problems without inherent purpose. Read more →

Paper Boats Afloat

044: Kubernetes, Go, AWS, and Much More

I had the pleasure to travel to our South Florida office this week. I participated in five quarterly planning meetings and Bankrate’s 2nd Hackathon. The quarterly planning meetings were pretty cool. It was interesting to see what all our dev teams were going to be pushing forward with for the year. But, the highlight of the week was the Hackathon. There were some incredibly creative ideas built around the Bankrate platform that I’m sure a few will be brought into our products soon. Read more →

Chroma lit Macbook

042: Build vs. Buy, AWS Per-Second Billing, Hashicorp, Red Hat’s Patent Promise and More

Build versus Buy? It’s a question I usually asks candidates during interviews. There is really only one good answer; buy until you can build it better for cheaper. This doesn’t mean outsource everything. This doesn’t mean you won’t be hacking together cool things. It means that you have the business sense to know that you have core competencies that are either still forming, your team is small, or you have enough to manage in-house already. Read more →

Lost in the Woods

041: Book Suggestions, Serverless, Value Stream Mapping, and More

Free continuous delivery eBook from GoCD This free reference guide will take you back to the basics. You’ll find visuals and definitions on key concepts and questions you need to answer about your teams to determine your readiness for continuous delivery. Download and share with your team. SPONSORED All Things Open 2017 October 23 and 24, Raleigh, NC USA 2,500–3,000+ technologists will descend upon the City of Oaks to attend 200+ sessions from nearly as many speakers. Read more →

Football is BACK!

039: Cloud Native, Football, Kubernetes, Serverless, and More

Football is back and I couldn’t be happier about it (despite my Gators losing to Michigan). I know that sports and DevOps-types don’t always go together. However, there are a lot of things we tech folks can learn from football. Systems and process are what great football teams are built on. Take a good look at Nick Saban’s process focus at Alabama for an idea of how to build a perennial championship contender (tl;dr: it’s a one step at a time approach). Read more →

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. —Dalai Lama

036: Google, #WITBragDay, npm Security, AWS, and more!

This week has been a trying week for me. I’ve touched almost every facet of what is important to me both personally and professionally. One kid having surgery, another kid catching a cold, moving into our new home, dealing with Veteran’s Affairs, addressing long-time struggles, new talent starting at work, getting things done, threats to friends on the west coast, threats to friends in Guam, Nazis on the east coast, and I did a lot of community work. Read more →

Ashley McNamara at GopherCon 2017

032: GopherCon, Linus speaks on init, HTTPS is a must, Cluster Schedulers, kubicorn, and…

I attended GopherCon in Denver this week (and visited System 76’s Denver office). It was an unbelievably positive experience. I attended as a diversity scholarship recipient (being a disabled veteran has *one *perk). I had friends there and met up with them the first day I was in town (I made a lot more friends as the week went on). I got to meet the wonderful Sarah Adams from Women Who Go at a welcome breakfast at Modern Market the first day of the conference. Read more →

GM RenCen Gay Pride

028: Week of 1497758400

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there. May your day be everything you want it to be and then some. This is my first weekend living in the Detroit Metro area so I will be quietly getting my bearings (and hopefully a car wash). I spent twelve hours in the car on Thursday and listened to more podcasts than I ever thought possible. On Tuesday, June 20th I will be attending the DevOps Detroit Meetup at Grand Circus. Read more →

#TheOpenOrg + #Agile + #DevOps = The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change

026: Week of 1496548800

It was a very busy week for me personally and in the world of DevOps. The news I hinted at last week is my public announcement I’m leaving SolarWinds MSP, moving to Detroit, and taking the role of Manager, Infrastructure & Operations at Bankrate. I am beyond excited about the position and the work I will be doing. If you want the job I’m vacating, apply with SolarWinds. Not to downplay its significance, but, The Open Organization released its latest book, The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change this week. Read more →

Photo Courtesy WOCinTech Chat

DevOps’ish 007: Week of 1485061200

What a busy week in the land of DevOps! It seems like everyone has shaken off the holidays and snow days. So without further adieu let’s get to it! Department of Choice Concepts Breanne Boland has a great piece on lessons learned during her first year as a software engineer. “Timing is everything” as always but her point on curiosity is spot on. The Cloudcast had a fantastic episode titled, “Balancing Monolithic Apps and Microservices”. Read more →