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Interop, RapidMatter, and Mentoring

Interop 2018 This year at Interop will be exciting as usual with a number of events focused on community collaboration in and out of the technology ecosystem. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature a 5km (3 mile) #vFit fun run. Tuesday run: http://schedule.interop.com/session/itx-vfit-runs/856879 Wednesday run: http://schedule.interop.com/session/itx-vfit-runs/856880 There are also two blocks of time which are Ask the Expert sessions hosted by …

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It all starts with a leap of faith

The crowd gathered around for an impromptu ceremony. This was a rare occcasion where the evening shift people who worked 4PM-2:30 AM were asked to come in for 3 PM. The dayshift finished at 3 and the 1 hour transition was normally a cleanup period. This was a special day as we shared in the announcement of one of the …

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23 Things Only 90s Sysadmins will Remember

Sometimes it’s a beautiful combination of laugh-inducing and cringeworthy as we look back on the start of our careers in IT. University and College students starting this September will have grown up entirely post-Y2K. Having grown up in enterprise IT through the 90s, I bet that you can share these things that will make you smile a little. Feel free …

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Blameless Culture: The Path to Agility in IT

You’ve inevitably heard the word blameless used in the context of technology and tech culture.  The foundation of DevOps and agile and many other methodologies is around blameless post-mortems.  Retrospective meetings and recaps that allow for trust and honesty when discussing what went wrong and what went well. Here’s the issue:  being blameless is really difficult.  Like, really, really difficult. …