Month: August 2019

Tyler Hardison of Redhawk Security

Had such a great conversation recently with Tyler Hardison, the CTO of Redhawk Security. When I originally reached out to him for an interview in my book, I was primarily interested in what he had to say about DevSecOps and building security into the software lifecycle. What surprised me was the breadth of his experience – it ended up being a much different conversation than I was expecting. In this podcast we talk about what the formations of the Roman army can teach us about ideal team sizes, how to build a workable (not mean, not toothless) peer review, and how to lure and select the best talent.

 

 Some of what we talk about in the podcast:

  • How does Redhawk look at the 3 pillars of security?
  • How to find the best and brightest people – even in a smaller market like Central Oregon!
  • Microservices and a more pragmatic approach to partitioning out workloads

And the quote of the day – “If you look at your job now and there’s areas where you are just pulling levers, chances are that job is going to be automated and moved away from you. So be flexible!”

I think you’ll love this discussion, which dives a little deeper into some of the topics we covered in his case study in Achieving DevOps! A link to the interview is here – and it’s on the podcast platform of your choice.  We’re on all the major platforms now, including AnchorAppleGoogleSpotifyPocketCasts, and RadioPublic.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the podcast!

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Ryan Comingdeer of Five Talent

I got a chance recently to get reacquainted with a very prominent figure in the Oregon tech industry – Ryan Comingdeer from Five Talents Software, based out of Bend. What he told me about security, how to learn from failure with gamedays, and how microservices and security are not just the domain of the big boys might surprise you.

Here’s some of the topics we cover:

  • Gamedays and project retrospectives
  • The biggest selling point behind Infrastructure as Code
  • Lunch and Learns at Five Talents
  • Some little-known benefits behind microservices
  • “Our culture is defined by how we give feedback.”

I think you’ll love this discussion, which dives a little deeper into some of the topics we covered in his case study in Achieving DevOps! A link to the interview is here – and it’s on the podcast platform of your choice.  We’re on all the major platforms now, including AnchorAppleGoogleSpotifyPocketCasts, and RadioPublic.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the podcast!

References and Links

John Weers of Micron Semiconductors

A great talk with John Weers of Micron Semiconductors. I think I interviewed about 2 dozen people for the book; John made more impact than anyone else. I owe John greatly – one of his emails ended up being the conclusion of my hero character’s story in the book!

The Micron story intrigued me because it’s not an “easy get” – fab facilities come with some unique constraints, including absurdly long lead times and absurdly expensive hardware, stringent security requirements, and a vast amount of legacy and technical debt to pay down. Micron is a $48B company with 36,000 employees; it simply doesn’t pivot like a startup pure software company can, and leadership has to be judicious with the bets they make.

Not just anyone can successfully maintain momentum with that kind of environment; John’s one of the best in the industry at engaging with software teams at their level and working cooperatively to meet goals. If you learn half as much as I did from our talk, you’ll find this hour of time to be very valuable. 

Here’s some of the topics we cover:

  • What John’s personal rendezvous with fate taught him about creating change and delivering on what really matters.
  • Balancing autonomy versus cohesion – how do we align without blindly enforcing rules?
  • How long does a good KPI last at Micron? What does John do to reset things when the numbers stop working?
  • Reputation is key – and that’s all based on how we treat people.
  • “If it comes easy, it doesn’t stick.”

I think you’ll love this discussion, which explores some of the topics we covered in his interview in Achieving DevOps! A link to the interview is here – and it’s on the podcast platform of your choice. AppleGoogleSpotify, blah blah…. We’re on all the major platforms now, including AnchorAppleGoogleSpotifyPocketCasts, and RadioPublic.

Enjoy the podcast!

References and Links