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Category: Technology Blog

Here you will find my walk throughs, musings, thoughts, and experiences in working with technology over the years of my career.

DevOps Culture Anti-patterns

DevOps has many different meanings depending on the perspective and experience of anyone you might ask. The tech industry generally aligns on DevOps being a set of practices and culture that an organization adheres to in order to deliver operational excellence. DevOps should not be a team, a set of tools, or something you can bring in a consultant to apply to your organization. Excellent leaders in the DevOps space realize that self-reflection and attempts to correct any issues are the most effective ways to improve.

Lean Enterprise Kicks Into Gear

I have recently been talking about how various books have helped my career in some unique ways, from helping bring some day to day peace, to changing the way I think about working with other teams. One of the most intriguing books I have ever read that impacted not just myself, but my organization is Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale (Lean (O’Reilly)). You can re-read my other posts about the influential books below:

Production Support turns to Site Reliability Engineering

This week I have talked about a couple of books that have impacted my work and career. Please go back and read the following posts about two that have shaped me into the engineer and manager that I am today:

The book that really gave a gut punch to my specific day to day capabilities was Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems

The Phoenix Project and Other World Changers

This week I am going over a few resources that I have run across that have shaped, changed, or completely rocked my career in technology. Today I want to start with the book that started my current career arc in a way that led to some of the best outcomes like working a sane number of hours per week, dealing with fewer panicky late night issues, and having an overall increase in career and personal wellness. I know that is a lot to put on just one book, but it was so impacting in a way that made me realize that I should not just keep doing my job the same way “because that’s the way we’ve always done it”.

A DevOps Transition is Just Good Career Development

A friend shared this link with me and asked if these are good steps to making a transition into a DevOps role form more traditional IT experiences.

https://enterprisersproject.com/article/2017/9/devops-jobs-5-tips-transitioning-devops-jobs

I have some issues with these five things that are supposed to help transition someone to a “DevOps” job. Instead of focusing on trying to find a job that fits some key buzzwords, I suggest working towards some general career development goals.

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