2019 Learnings, 2020 Expectations

2019 Learnings, 2020 Expectations
A former co-worker and now friend has a tagline, “Every day is a school day.” I remind myself of this fact almost every time I learn something new. 2019 was the hardest year of my life. I’d like to share some things I picked up on this most recent journey around the sun we call 2019. I’ll make some predictions about 2020 in the process too. Kubernetes Last year, I said I thought Kubernetes would get easier. [Read More]

A getting to know you exercise

A getting to know you exercise
In November, I went down to Raleigh to meet my team for planning meetings and team building. For a few of my teammates, this is our first face to face interaction with each other ever. My boss wisely gave us a relatively simple assignment. Create a slide sharing what we’ve done this year and want to do next year (which I’ll share to an extent in a later post). Create another slide listing three things that make us who we are (born in a unique place, grew up on a farm, etc. [Read More]

Announcing geopolitics.dev

Announcing geopolitics.dev
After running a weekly DevOps and Cloud Native newsletter for three years, it became clear to me that a lot of folks don’t appreciate the fact that there is a world outside of tech. To me, it’s naive to want to stay uninformed about things outside of one’s perspective. But, I get some pretty disgusting and gross messages whenever I discuss marginally unpopular opinions about popular technologies, companies, or products. The truth comes at a high cost. [Read More]

PodCTL Co-host

PodCTL Co-host
Three years ago, I sat down with Brian Gracely and Josh Atwell and recorded a podcast. I hadn’t met Brian before that, but it was obvious Brian knew what he was doing hosting a podcast. I walked into a conference with Brian, Josh, four mics, a TASCAM, and a laptop. This was a legit podcast production I was sitting down to record. Sign up for DevOps'ish! DevOps'ish is a weekly newsletter covering DevOps, Cloud Native, Open Source, and the 'ish between. [Read More]

DevOpsDays Detroit 2019 Trip Report

DevOpsDays Detroit 2019 Trip Report
Disclaimer: I work for Red Hat, my views and opinions are solely mine though. I spoke, sponsored (as did Red Hat, my employer, thank you), and worked from the front row of DevOpsDays Detroit 2019 this week. The event sold out for the first time this year. The venue has been the College for Creative Studies in downtown Detroit for the past four years. The venue is awesome, in my opinion, because it puts systems thinkers in a venue space on top of an arts school overflowing with creative ideas. [Read More]

DevOpsDays Raleigh 2019 Trip Report

DevOpsDays Raleigh 2019 Trip Report
Disclaimer: I work for Red Hat, my views and opinions are solely mine though. I had the pleasure of speaking at and attending DevOpsDays Raleigh 2019. First off, this event routinely out punches its weight class as far as quality. Don’t get me wrong the McKimmon Center on NC State’s campus has gotten very dated but, this five-year-old event keeps getting better. Note: If you are not familiar with DevOpsDays, please consider attending one near you in the next year. [Read More]

AnsibleFest Atlanta 2019 Trip Report

AnsibleFest Atlanta 2019 Trip Report
Background: I started using Ansible in 2014 at a datacenter company. I implemented Ansible to deploy our customer portal, which contained hundreds of war files, load balancer changes, database schema changes, etc. I’ve used Ansible at every position since. I joined Red Hat as part of the Ansible team in June 2018. I moved over to the OpenShift team in June 2019. I’m a long time Ansible user, advocate, and fan. [Read More]

Tactical efficiency does not replace strategic efficacy

Tactical efficiency does not replace strategic efficacy
I used to think of industry analysts as 100% worthless to the broader technology world. After meeting Chris Gardner from Forrester, some of the good folks from RedMonk, and working with Red Hat’s Analyst Relations team, I’ve warmed up to Analysts a little. They serve an important function that a lot of us forget: Tactical efficiency does not replace strategic efficacy We as technologists spend a lot of our time tackling the next problem put in front of us. [Read More]