Title The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win Author Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford It is not often that you hear of a novel which is part of some ethereal ‘required reading’ list for IT professionals. This is apparently one of those rare beasts. I was dubious.… Read More Review of: The Phoenix Project
Gardening runs in my family. My mother and sister both grow all variety of edibles, my grandmother is a plantswoman of whose skill I can only hope to emulate and going further back, my family has grown orchards and tended farmland; getting back to the earth is something that runs pretty deep. Being a… Read More An oasis of calm in a sea of noise
I attended the Computing DevOps Summit last Wednesday in London. It was a rather polished affair at the Grosvenor Square Marriott in Mayfair; well attended, well presented and with a broad lineup of Keynotes all roundly advocating DevOps. It was a valuable day overall, but one speaker in particular resonated with me, as his choice… Read More Take-away thoughts for DevOps / Agile practices
I have recently been listening to a new book on Audible – Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport, a MIT computer science professor and popular blogger. I will admit this isn’t my usual reading material, but I stumbled upon mention of it on this blog and this blog,… Read More Thoughts on Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
Title Agile Project Management for Dummies Author Mark C. Layton, MBA, CST, PMP, SCPM, Format I read it in Audible on Amazon. Narrated by Sean Pratt What is this book for? While there are many companies out there that have a well-trodden Agile path, there are even more that have not made the plunge yet… Read More Review of: Agile Project Management for Dummies
There is a look that you learn to identify in the early stages of taking on an Environments Management role. It’s somewhere between bashful, hopeful and slightly desperate. Occasionally it is preceded by a slightly nervous cough. And without fail it means a project has underestimated their requirements and they need you to magic something… Read More What does Environments Management and a spiderweb have in common?
Social Networking is difficult. Well it is for me. Back in the mists of time – before I even knew that Environments Management was A Thing – I worked as a Website and Brand Designer (yes… I have a Arts degree…don’t bother asking how I got here – its very convoluted). I did this as… Read More Networking and Wallflower-itis