Recovering from Failure

On November 2, 2017, Posted by , In Engineering, With No Comments

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new” — Albert Einstein It’s within all of us to epically fail at least once in our lives. For most of us, failure is how we learn and adapt to the world around us. It’s what teaches us how to grow… You’re living in a buzzword world

On August 16, 2017, Posted by , In Engineering, With No Comments

Buzzwords: A game of bingo for HR and Managers Our modern technology driven world just might have been taken over by aliens, and forced to operate through buzzwords and marketing terms. Buzzwords are everywhere now days. So much so that LinkedIn actually started creating a set of comics in an…

Implementing DevOps with Ansible 2

On July 21, 2017, Posted by , In Engineering, With No Comments

Implementing DevOps with Ansible 2 This ebook is included in a Mapt subscription Jonathan McAllister July 2017 Leverage the power of Ansible 2 and related tools and scale DevOps processes This title is available to pre-order now and is expected to be published in July 2017. $10.00 $44.99 RRP $35.99…

Traits of Bad Leaders

On July 17, 2017, Posted by , In Engineering, With No Comments

In previous posts I took a look at what makes good leaders. Let’s in turn on this post do the reverse. I’d consider the following graphic fairly accurate.

What does it take to be a great leader?

On October 11, 2016, Posted by , In Engineering, With No Comments

Moving into a leadership position can be the pinnacle of an individuals career. It’s an honor to be recognized for ones hard work and diligence on the job.  But what actually makes an individual a good leader? What makes them great? Are there some characteristics, personality traits, or common attributes…

Why DevOps orgs embrace failure

On September 9, 2016, Posted by , In Agile,DevOps Practices,Engineering, With No Comments

DevOps transformations require embracing failure Innovative achievements on our planet seem to manifest themselves after copious amounts of failure. Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with history’s comically hilarious attempts to create a flying machine. During the early days of flight, flying machines were invented in droves. Most of these…

Agile 101: Effective Sprint planning meetings

On August 10, 2016, Posted by , In Agile,Engineering, With No Comments

Introducing the Sprint Planning Meeting In Agile development organizations most often apply a minimum of three core meeting ceremonies (The Sprint Planning Meeting, Daily Stand-ups, and Retrospectives). These ceremonies respectively identify the beginning, middle, and end of a given iteration. In this article we’ll explore the sprint planning meeting, it’s purpose and some…

Agile 101: Practical tips for effective stand-up meetings

On July 28, 2016, Posted by , In Agile,Engineering, With No Comments

Over the last 15 years, Agile’s widespread adoption has spurred an increase in collaborative engineering and delivery at organizations both large and small. Some of the reasons for the increase in Agile’s popularity relate to the practical implementations of Agile methodologies that arose since the Agile Manifesto’s publication[1]. Some of the…

Docker Up and Running (Part 1)

On July 25, 2016, Posted by , In DevOps Tools, With No Comments

Docker has taken the DevOps and development world by storm. It represents a lightweight virtualization option coupled with GIT style source control options. When leveraged with micro-services it’s value to the industry is immeasurable.  This tutorial represents a beginners guide to docker, how it works and some ways it can…

Continuous Integration: FREE PPTX slides you can use to educate others on CI

On July 20, 2016, Posted by , In Continuous Integration,Engineering, With No Comments

Recently I spent time putting together a set of slides (PPX), which I am releasing in an effort to provide the DevOps community a selling tool for use at work in convincing their organizations to adopt good CI engineering practices. The slides provided here are designed to be open source…