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Sprinting on the Treadmill

06/06/2014

Shortly after Pete Cheslock’s talk at DevOpsDays Pittsburgh, I tweeted: Wanting execs to value trust & learning will be a losing proposition until we stop firing ‘em for missing a quarter’s numbers #devopsdayspgh The context was about building DevOps culture and practices within the organization, and giving people the time and space they need to Read More

Now Showing: Your Life

01/31/2014

My grandmother passed away last week. She was 85. Due to a series of poor choices1, compounded by the geriatric randomness, her last few weeks were spent in a county nursing facility. So the platitudes we all hear2 about “being in a better place now” are most certainly true. When I look back upon time Read More

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The Rise of BlahOps

01/28/2014

Last week, Perforce’s Matt Attaway and I got into an interesting twitversation de-constructing our beloved “DevOps” word. It all started because I received an email from a recruiter with a job description referencing a “DevOps team”1, but with a description2 that sounded eerily familiar to the bread and butter of a build/release team. Matt suggested Read More

The Data-driven Dilemma

01/14/2014

Data-driven decision making. Since appearing on the tech scene about a decade ago1, it’s seemingly become all the rage in Valley management culture. It’s a pillar of the “lean startup” ethos. It’s alliterative. And it’s arguably become the dominant decision making paradigm, trumping even time-honored, classical engineering analysis, for established tech companies and startups alike. Read More

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