So I updated my Chef server today following the instructions at It went very smoothly for the most part, except for some n00b erros 🙂 Because I’m running my server on Ubuntu, I got an error when I tried  apt-get install chef-manage.  While I was sorting that out, I downloaded it from the browserRead more »

“organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations”. Source: Durable Communication – The consensus-seeking architect.

First, I want to say a huge thank you to Microsoft. Being on the evangelism team was awesome. They let us loose on the world to talk about Azure, cloud computing, devops tools and culture, and marketing even let Jennelle and I poke a little fun at Microsoft at the recent Velocity Conference. In doing so, IRead more »

don’t be afraid of version control Managing Your Systems on Microsoft Azure with Chef – Microsoft Virtual Academy.

The words we use influence the way we think and act. When managers refer to human beings as “resources,” they tend to treat people like “things.” It happens insidiously.    The mother of all management anti-patterns | Dave Nicolette.

Willy Wonka of Containers – Jessie Frazelle – YouTube.

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This is the latest in our IT Pro blog series on Extending your Datacenter with Azure. You can see the rest of the series by clicking here With 19 datacenters and counting, the Microsoft Cloud is a great choice for companies seeking a cloud strategy. In this post, I’ll show you a few tools toRead more »

The Puppet Labs 2015 survey is here, and we need to hear YOUR voice and hear about your experiences. Please take the survey and leave a comment here to let me know what you think about it afterwards. Thanks for contributing to this important industry study.

It’s no secret that women in technical fields are facing a lot of challenges, so when Puppet Labs asked me to talk with them about my ideas and solutions, I was excited to share what I think about these topics. You can check out the interview here I’d love to hear your ideas as well,Read more »

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