"Current macro-economic trends"
Problems moving to cloud, break a thing to see how it works, a new Brueghel the Younger painting
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I feel like there’s some way of figuring out the type of work you do by how often you look up people in the org. structure. There’s always some app for that: do you have it open all the time? Never? Do you have no idea what that app is?
Maybe someone needs to write a PDF, or whatever, but I think we have a pretty solid Iron Law of Remote Work: management doesn’t want it, employees want it. Which implies: all the studies on either side are irrelevant to the desires of both parties, it’s all “animal spirits.”
“Current macro-economic trends.”
To see how something works, sometimes it helps to see it not working, even the break. I’m admire Tyler Cowen’s interview style (and the work that goes into them), and I’ve learned a lot about thinking, analysis, and interviewing from listening to him. Anyhow, you can hear his technique not working well at the start of this interview. It breaks. The guest just refuses to “play in the space,” not on purpose I feel, but just by nature, even accident. The two finally gel about mid-way through: Tyler more or less stops trying to get her to make definitive statements, and switches to asking her what she likes, what she thinks - he does much more open ended than usual. Anyhow, delightful and instructive.
I read through an early draft of Adib’s book on securing cloud native apps. It’s a great overview of what it means to, well, write secure Java apps, relying mostly on Spring. As I recall, it covers my old favorite, authentication and authorization, including new methods like Face ID and such. For all the talk about security being important in cloud, it’s hard to find what that actually looks like once you start coding. Check out Adib’s book to see - and it’s free thanks to my work, VMware, if you use the link here.
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GitLab loses one-third of its value after software company issues weak revenue forecast - I mean, I get it with how share price is determined for fast growth tech companies. But that kind of change in value makes the whole system seem like the stock market is hallucinating. Put another way, if you can lose a third of value “overnight,” does it mean it was never there in the first place? I think so!
Migrating to the Cloud: Is It as Intimidating as It Appears? - Outline for putting together your cloud migration strategy, including business metrics to track.
Government departments need to better understand digital transformation or efforts will ‘peter out’ - The old “digital transformation is a holistic initiative that requires a lot of change” thing. The thing about that take is that there’s an unspoken addition “which is really hard and you’ll probably fail.” For the most part, I think this is the major flaw in “digital transformation,” all the way down to the nerd stuff like DevOps, now platform engineering: that all needs to be easier to actually do. // “most digital change decisions in government are made by generalist leaders who lack the expertise to fully comprehend and tackle digital challenges.”
A gradient of 9 failures - I was going to write something about how we don’t appreciate failure (when risk taking goes wrong) as much as we say we do. But, then I cam across this and I need to study some more. I think what we’re eager to find is irresponsible risk taking that goes wrong. I suppose irresponsible risk taking that goes well is acceptable?
I’m speaking at Future Tech in Utrecht tomorrow - a conference I can take the train to! In May I’ll be at Devoxx UK and TEQnation. There’s a few more CFPs I’m waiting to hear back from, and some I need to finally submit a talk to! In April, I’ll be at KubeCon and Cloud Native Rejekts. Is should be doing a couple of presentations at the VMware booth theater for KubeCon - I hope so! Otherwise, I’ll be attending the hallway track.