Clever Idea: Serverless, Cloud Native CI/CD

If you’ve met me for more than a few minutes you’ve heard me talk about my passion project, Leave the House Out of It (lthoi.com). If you’ve really paid attention to my blog posts you’ve caught that a couple years ago I rearchitected the app to move to an event-based, serverless architecture on AWS. After a year of not doing very much with the project I’ve had the itch to make some upgrades. Before I did, I wanted to upgrade the CI/CD pipeline I use to manage the code.

Book Review: Thank You for Being Late, by Thomas Friedman

The word “optimist” in the subtitle is very well earned here. Friedman’s book explains why/how someone can hope that the same technologies and macro-trends that are leading to hyper-nationalism, extreme divisiveness, and massive pollution might actually be harnessed for good. He tells that story with his typical great story telling and insightful anecdotes. As usual […]

Book Review: Ahead in the Cloud by Stephen Orban

I found a lot of great nuggets in this book, but I’m not sure I’d recommend it to everyone. If you’re trying to sell your boss on a move to AWS, definitely give her this book. If you’re trying to figure out what your IT priorities are, I’d recommend Leading the Transformation or The Pheonix […]

Book Review: Leading the Transformation by Gruver & Mouser

If you’ve read much of Gene Kim’s work you’ve heard of the transformation that HP Printers made to their firmware development process. Kim cites it so frequently because it is an example of one of the oldest software development groups around making software that’s some of the hardest software to test (printer emulators anyone?) transforming […]

Book Review: Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work by Karen Martin

I confess, Value Stream Mapping as a technique is something I already do with clients and I was reading this book mostly to make sure that I could say that I did (and now it’s on the Internet!). I will say that after being taught value stream mapping primarily as it relates to the DevOps […]