idling insignificantly

How to survive giving a lot of presentations at conferences

I think it was John Willis who told me that a long time ago.

Relative to your interests

  • What is Technical Debt? - “In practice, my observations are that most development teams, even in small companies, are too far separated from these types of financial models to reason about technical debt in terms of revenue, but absolutely do feel the pain of technical debt in their day-to-day work (even if they can’t quantify it in money).”

  • Six Months Ago NPR Left Twitter. The Effects Have Been Negligible - “Six months later, we can see that the effects of leaving Twitter have been negligible. A memo circulated to NPR staff says traffic has dropped by only a single percentage point as a result of leaving Twitter, now officially renamed X, though traffic from the platform was small already and accounted for just under two percent of traffic before the posting stopped.” // I haven’t done a deep analysis, but I feel like I’ve seen the same thing with my stuff.

  • Call it a bro-celet. It’s a male bracelet and once you see it, you’ll see it everywhere - And here I thought these were some kind of meditation, Buddhist token…

Next week, on October 17th, a whole passel of my team mates and I are hosting an online SpringOne Tour. It’s free to attend, of course. If you can’t make it to one of our in-person events, check this one out. There’s over 20 talks you can choose from, including mine on platforms.

If you’re a programmer - especially a Java programmer - or doing anything with cloud native apps, there’s something in it for you. Register for free, and check it out on October 17th.


  • “revealed management practices”

  • Software implements strategy for breakfast.

  • “She leans 5’8”."

  • Understand what you’re measuring, or you’ll just get measurements.

  • Going to count the minutes that the trains run late

  • An acceptable level of awful.

  • “Nothing gets done, however, unless there are people responsible and held accountable for the measurable improvement. This is another area in which strategic plans sometimes fail.” Here.


Talks I’ll be giving, places I’ll be, things I’ll be doing, etc.

Oct 17th SpringOne Tour Online (free!), speaking. Oct 10th, 17th, 24th talk series: Building a Path to Production: A Guide for Managers and Leaders in Platform Engineering Nov 6th to 9th VMware Explore in Barcelona, speaking (twice!). Nov 15th DeveloperWeek Enterprise, speaking.

Discount code for KubeCon US - while I won’t be at KubeCon US this year, my work has a discount code you can use to get 20% off your tickets. The code is: KCNA23VMWEO20.


I did a quick practice of some new slides as a livestream today. If you want to see the actual talk, check out the webinar Bryan and I are giving on Tuesday: free to watch!


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