Notes on Running a Newsletter: A Year of DevOps'ish

In late 2016, I set a goal to start and run a successful weekly newsletter. I decided that DevOps would be the topic. On December 11, 2016, DevOps’ish was born. After fifty-two weeks of uninterrupted DevOps newsletters, I have some things to share about the experience. The amount of effort writing a weekly newsletter for the past year has changed over time. As you write a newsletter the format evolves. As you get busier and busier the format self optimizes. [Read More]

Video: All Things Open 2017

As previously mentioned, I spoke at All Things Open. Today, the good folks at opensource.com released video from the event. I really appreciate Nirmal Mehta taking the time to brainstorm the idea for this talk after DevOpsDays Raleigh 2017. I also am very thankful to Jason Hibbets and the opensource.com team as well as Todd Lewis and the All Things Open team for giving me the opportunity to speak at such an awesome event. [Read More]

All Things Open 2017: DevOps README.md

I had the opportunity to participate in All Things Open this week. It was quite an experience. 3300+ people who are all part of the open source software community all in one place is truly moving. Even better they let me take a mic on one of the main stages to give a modified version of my DevOps README.md talk. I can’t thank the opensource.com crew enough for the opportunity. [Read More]

Video: DevOpsDays Raleigh 2017

As previously mentioned, I spoke at DevOpsDays Raleigh. It was an awesome experience organizing and participating at the event! Videos from DevOpsDays Raleigh 2017 were recently released on YouTube. I wanted to take a moment to share the one’s I was a subject in here. The first video is from my Dark Side of DevOps talk. The second video is from Ignite Karoke the second day (which I highly recommend). [Read More]

DevOpsDays Raleigh 2017: The Dark Side of DevOps

I helped organize and spoke at DevOpsDays Raleigh 2017 back in September. From an organizers perspective the team was fantastic! If you ever have the opportunity to organize an event with any of the fine organizers in Raleigh you will be learning from true professionals. From a speaker’s perspective it was a blast. I had the opportunity to convert my article The Dark Side of DevOps into a talk. While it went very well I wish I could have elaborated more on it in the future. [Read More]

DevOps README.md

After DevOpsDays Raleigh 2017 I was going to dinner with friends. Along the way the topic of what’s up next came up. I mentioned I had a talk coming up at All Things Open but had no idea what I was going to discuss. We began batting ideas around and came up with a few good ones. One that we latched on to was creating a curated list of things to read to level up your DevOps skills and knowledge. [Read More]

Testing Certificate Chains in Go

This talk was derived from an opensource.com article I wrote in April 2017, Golang to the rescue: Saving DevOps from TLS turmoil. Presented at GopherCon 2017 as a Lightning Talk. Source for the talk is available on GitHub. Introduction Chris Short Manager of DevOps at Bankrate opensource.com and DZone Contributor Contributed to The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change DevOpsDays Speaker and Organizer DevOps’ish chrisshort.net @ChrisShort Notes: [Read More]

The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change

The open organization community at Opensource.com (of which I’m a member) is pleased to announce the immediate release of its newest book, The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change. As IT teams around the world rise to these new challenges, they’re realizing that radical change isn’t a matter of tools alone. It’s also a matter of culture—the values that underpin behaviors, influence problem-solving capability, and facilitate truly revolutionary potential. Those values are open values. [Read More]

A Night of DevOps at Open Source South Carolina

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, I did a DevOps talk at Open Source South Carolina. The talk was a DevOps 101-styled deep dive into DevOps. Since the number one question I get when talking about DevOps, in general, is “where do I start?” I added my “The Three Things” to the already well known “Three Ways”. This provided both the holistic view while guiding people needed an extra nudge down the DevOps path. [Read More]

"Good SysAdmin to DevOps Engineer in Six Months"

The other day my Vice President asked me a question, “What would it take to turn a good SysAdmin into a DevOps engineer?” He followed it up with, “Don’t spend more than ten minutes thinking about it.” He was not disappointed when I told him the next day I am spending way more than ten minutes on answering the question. This is a hard question for me to answer. This is a question that you won’t know if your answer is right for at least six months. [Read More]