DevOps, The Art of Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes

All engineering teams are set up differently.  In the Microsoft IT department, we have a set of Software Engineers that work on designing, implementing, and testing the software solutions needed to run the company.  We help deploy our builds, but most of the work of getting our new bits out to production servers and live…

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Don’t Call My Baby Ugly

A big change is happening in the engineering teams across Microsoft IT.  We are combining developers and testers into one role we are calling Software Engineer.  This new role owns coding and testing equally, and specifically feature design and coding, unit and functional testing, and system level testing like integration and performance testing.  Traditionally, we…

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What’s Your New Currency?

There’s a change spreading across the software engineering landscape.  What you thought you knew about testing and shipping software is changing and it’s time we all get on board.  Some of us older engineers have learned how to ship software in a traditional way similar to the Waterfall methodology.  But the software industry is changing…

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Don’t Fall Asleep with Geckos

A few years ago, I had the great opportunity to take a 2 month sabbatical fully-paid by Microsoft.  For this time off, I absolutely did not want to just sit around at home.  I arranged one month for my family to “live” in Hawaii.  It was awesome and something the whole family will always remember. …

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Experienced to the Level of Obsolete

Some days I just amaze myself.  I can be tired, even exhausted, and not very focused on work.  Still I can go into a work meeting, make a few comments and add a ton of value.  And I can do this again and again and again until I really don’t need to pay much attention…

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Advice From Your 95 year old Self

There you are sitting on your death bed.  Yep, you had a good life.  And although many people have come to visit you and feel sad for you, you aren’t sad.  You are content.  You did absolutely everything you wanted to do and had a ton of happiness along the way.  If you had to…

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Fixing What’s Not Broken

Many engineering teams look at change as a bad thing, something that will disrupt their work.  And granted, changing for the wrong reasons, or making changes for the right reasons but too many of them too quickly, can be disruptive and affect productivity.  But you should also be careful about being too stagnant as a…

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