Works Well with Others with Abby Kearns
Abby Kearns, CTO at Puppet, and former CEO of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, joins Corey this week to talk about the importance of learning how to work well with others. Abby’s background allows an expertise on enterprise infrastructure to bring a wide view of some of the hang-ups some companies may experience, but also how to synthesize the potential tensions of people when it comes to technology.
Abby and Corey discuss their respective work in configuration management. They also dive into how sometimes companies don’t always get to where they need to as quickly as they should, especially when it comes to cloud migration. Turns out, people are an important part of solving these transitional issues! Abby offers her take on how to smooth out the people part of tech and how she makes it a focus of her work because, as it turns out, it is the hardest work out there! Check out this week's conversation for the rest.
Keeping the Cloudwatch with Ewere Diagboya
This week Corey is joined by Ewere Diagboya, Head of Cloud at Mycloudseries, and multifaceted blogger and author, and the first AWS Hero from Africa. Ewere’s book on CloudWatch is the first of its kind, and certainly a valuable asset to the community. Ewere’s passion for passing on lessons learned is very prevalent in his writing, and a core ethos in his drive to write.
Ewere goes into the background of how his book, Infrastructure Monitoring with Amazon Cloudwatch, came to be. It starts with setting up memory, then building from there. Ewere talks about integrating Cloudwatch with EKS, Kubernetes clusters, containers and more AWS services. Ewere also talks about his future writing plans and passion to pass on the lessons he has learned. Whats more, there are other books he wants to write that will follow up Infrastructure. Tune in for the rest!
Working on the Whiteboard from the Start with Tim Banks
Tim Banks is back again! Now on board here at The Duckbill Group as a Principal Cloud Economist, Tim joins Corey for the rare third time around. Despite the unusual interview process via “Screaming” appearances, Tim is here to tell us what exactly a Principal Cloud Economist does and is. Tim’s insights are very useful, thus why he is back as a team member! Check them out.
Tim and Corey go into the detais of Tim’s new job title, and how a background in engineering is fundamental to working well in that role. They also discuss Tim’s slightly diverging philosophy building out resilience, security, and costs on “the whiteboard.” By doing so Tim discusses how this can help you from accruing debt that needs to be paid later on and the importance that practice can have on cost optimization, observability, and more. Tune in for the details!
Changing the Way We Interview with Emma Bostian
This week Corey is joined by Emma Bostian, a Software Engineer at Spotify in Sockholm, but it doesn’t stop there. Emma is also an author and a co-host of the Ladybug Podcast and Emma also has a strong following on Twitter to boot. Where, it turns out, her thoughts and opinions are quite valuable and worth sharing!
Emma goes into the details on her podcast and the varied nature of her and her co-hosts, she also discusses her book Decoding the Technical Interview Process, in which she breaks down the seemingly esoteric nature of interviewing for these highly technical jobs—but her focus is on the frontend. She and Corey discuss the general banality of these interviews and the direction they can, and should, go in to improve. Emma also loves to teach, to add even more to her portfolio! She goes into the five w’s of her work with LinkedIn Learning and Frontend Masters. Emma also has some excellent insights into her sizable Twitter presence. Tune in for Emma’s variegated offerings!
What GitHub Can Give to Microsoft with Jason Warner
This week Corey is joined by Jason Warner, who is here to tell us how to “Git” on it. Jason’s time at GitHub has given him the expertise to inform folks about all the exciting things GitHub has going on. He tells us what they’ve been up to, and offer some insight into GitHub’s successes which have led to their acquisition by Microsoft.
Jason breaks down his own history at GitHub and its vision to become the “worlds most important software company.” Jason dives into some of the details of GitHub acquisition and the possibilities for what they want to achieve, and where they expect to go within Microsoft. Jason and Corey discuss how to talk about the cloud for its current, and importantly, future clients. Jason talks about what GitHub will bring to Microsoft, and perhaps how it’ll be for the better. Tune in, because the getting is about to “git” good.
DevelopHer and Creating Success for All in Tech with Lauren Hasson
Corey is joned by Lauren Hasson, Fonder of DevelopHer, to discuss whats its like to not be a just another whtie dude in tech and her own work in tech and advocacy for everyone in their careers. Lauren stays busy with her multifaceted interaction with the tech world, least of which is DevelopHer.
Lauren talks about DevelopHer and her story about its creation. From taking a different direction into tech Lauren had to fight her ways upwards, and despite the adversity, such as the pay gap, she excelled. She created DevelopHer is order to help others make similar successes in their own careers, but through more conducive paths. Check out this episode for Lauren’s valuable insight!
Non-Incidentally Keeping Tabs on the Internet with Courtney Nash
What does an Internet Incident Librarian do? Courtney Nash is here to tell us. It turns out when websites don’t fly, it isn’t widely advertised. Courtney is here to keep track of those incidents for the edification of the rest of us. These incidents impact us all, in so many ways, and it is something that Courtney wants to share with the rest of us!
From the overwhelming volume of dependency on AWS, to the parallels in the airline industry, to the growing importance of stuff simply having to work in our day to day lives, Courtney’s conversation shows us a lot. Not only are these dependencies becoming more prevalent every day, but building in systems to cover down on these outages. Be they at the hand backhoes in the woods, or--beavers. She discussed VOID, what it is and how it works, and more!
Security Challenges and Working for President Biden with Jackie Singh
This week Corey is joined by the inspiring Jackie Singh, who most recently was a senior cybersecurity staffer at the Biden campaign. But her venerated career is considerably more than that alone. Jackie’s time spent in the Army, at the DoD, and eventually at work in the commercial world allows her to bring an adroit sensibility to her work and to this episode.
Jackie goes into detail on her time spent at the Biden campaign and the intricacies of working in such highly politicized, and short term, environment. The cyber security threats she faced there were paramount, to downplay it, and have given Jackie a rich and constantly developing perspective on security. That in combination with her career has helped her develop a perspective that she has kindly discussed in detail during this episode! Tune in for the whole story.