DevOps 101

Abstract With the need to build, test and release software more rapidly, frequently and reliably the concept of DevOps has never been more popular, and to a degree, more misunderstood. DevOps skills are consistently highly sought after and in huge demand, yet at the same time little education and training is available in both the professional world and in higher education. This meeting will address both issues for both entry level professionals and those more advanced. [Read More]

Five Laws for Aspiring DevOps Folks

Abstract Laziness is a great quality when automating repetitive tasks. Laziness flies in the face of learning new technologies and getting new work done. Somewhere between Jr. SysAdmin and Systems Architect, laziness is no longer an advantage. Let’s look at five laws aspiring DevOps folks should follow to be successful. Description Forget ‘I don’t know’ Banish the phrase, “I don’t know” Smarter ways to say it Treat every task as an opportunity to learn. [Read More]

Managing Imposter Syndrome

Abstract What is impostor syndrome? How do you push through impostor syndrome? Continuous personal improvement is something we all have to manage effectively. I’ll have some lessons learned from my DevOps journey along the way too. Description What is Imposter Syndrome? Definition Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. [Read More]

What the Military Taught Me About DevOps

Abstract Before DevOps was coined an entire branch of the US military was living by its core fundamentals. Visualizing work, flow, diversity, failing fast are all things that I practiced in the Air Force from 1999 to 2010. I’d like to share my lessons learned serving during this time. This talk will broaden people’s view of how DevOps can be implemented, why diversity matters in DevOps, and how fortunate we all are to have the problems we have today. [Read More]

My New Home is SJ Technologies

I am very happy to announce that I have a new job. I am now a Senior DevOps Advocate with the esteemed SJ Technologies, Inc. The great job search of 2017 actually ended in 2017. The good folks at SJ Technologies put together my offer letter in the last week of 2017. This allowed me to take a deep breath over the New Year’s weekend and decompress. I am truly thankful to everyone for getting the offer together in what was likely your down time. [Read More]

What I Learned in 2017

A former co-worker and now friend used to have a tagline, “Everyday is a school day.” I remind myself of this fact nearly every time I learn something new. 2017 was arduous and mentally challenging. But, I did pull out some golden nuggets while reflecting back these past few weeks. I’d like to share some things I picked up on on this most recent journey around the sun we call 2017. [Read More]