Posts Tagged: opscode

Aug 13

Training: Vapid or Valuable?

Earlier this year at ChefConf, rabble-rouser Sascha Bates proclaimed that “training is pointless! Why do training when you can just sequester yourself (and maybe your team) away and read a book!” But, within earshot were Julian Dunn and Nathen Harvey, who both lead training for a living. Hilarity ensued, and we decided to mediate the “dispute” for episode 24! We tackle the issue of training, learning styles, and industry technical certifications, as we try to figure out:

Training: Vapid or Valuable?

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, EJ Ciramella, aka @eciramella, Sascha Bates, aka @sascha_d, and Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, plus the last couple of weeks in News & Views and another DevOps Dear Abby!

Or, download Episode 24, or any of our previous shows!

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DevOps Dear Abby

Adam asks via email:

[I] recently had a discussion with my direct supervisor in which he opened the door to the possibility of me moving into a software development manager position for one of the other dev teams…. While I like the possibility of being a person who can help others facilitate their professional development, I worry about what I might be giving up in going down the management path (namely life as a developer).

I’m wondering if any of the Ship Show crew have any experience with being offered positions in middle-management or other supervisory roles, and if they chose to (or not to) go down that route & what were the factors involved in that decision.

@mikefiedler asks “So why is [there a disconnect between academia and industry], and can/should we change that?”

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Have you had training experiences that made you cringe? Or that you’d gladly recommend? What learning techniques do you feel work the best when you’re trying to understand something new?

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Aug 12

Stop the Presses!

In episode 4, we discuss what to do when “mistakes may have been made,” and it’s time to be solution-oriented! Whether it’s a deployment that replaced good code with bad, an infrastructure problem discovered after a maintenance window, or even a bug in the deployment process itself, join us as we look at:

Stop the Presses: The Ins & Outs of Rollbacks

Join J. Paul Reed, aka @SoberBuildEng, Youssuf El-Kalay, aka @buildscientist, and Seth Thomas, aka @cheeseplus, as we discuss the above, plus review the last couple of weeks in News & Views and look at yet more tools to help you ship in Tool Tips.

Or, download Episode 4, or any of our previous shows!

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Tool Tips


Vagrant is a tool focused on leveraging virtualization to make bringing up, configuring, managing, and tearing down environments for local developer usage and testing as simple as one command. As their front page says, they want to make “well, it works on my machine!” a relic of the past, something we whole-heartedly support here at The Ship Show!

As Seth says “If you’re not using Vagrant right now, the first thing you should go out and do is go to”

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Have you ever had to stop the presses, or roll them back?

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