Writing two blogs (this one and one internal work blog) and maintaining my Masters studies is a bit of a stretch currently – so apologies for any regular readers. While I finish off my current TMA and eye up my next, here is a copy of a blog I did recently for work – it… Read More Churn and the evolution of test environments
Researching for the first chapter of Open University course #TU811, I came across the following quote by Russell Ackoff: Manager’s are not confronted with problems that are independent of each other, but with dynamic situations that consist of complex systems of changing problems that interact with each other. I call such situations Messes. Problems are… Read More Just call me a Mess Manager
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
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?
I have never attended a virtual summit before… I was pleasantly surprised. But to make the most of it you need to be away from all distractions!… Read More My take on 3rd Annual DevOps Virtual Summit #dovs17
Leading on from my first post, the next question to clear up is ‘well….what actually IS a environment?’ To paraphrase IF4IT: A…repeatable Configuration or set of Configurations that…act as a contained, bordered or surrounding operational context and that allow one or more Entities such as Resources or Systems to perform one or more controlled functions… Read More Alright then. What is a IT Environment?
Its a fairly standard question – so whats do you do as a job? Outside of very specific circles, the answer I give usually has one of two responses. “Oh what – like trees and climate change?” (resigned sigh) or if I am lucky, “Oh… Read More My kind of Environment Management has no Trees