SUGCON – Day Two

The end of SUGCON arrived as quickly as it started. I had a chance to see a little of the commerce panel this morning before I started prepping for my own presentation.

It wasn’t until I walked out of the Rosedown room that I felt like I could finally relax, enjoy lunch, and not think about prepping for another presentation.

A few people had told me they would be coming by for my Continuous Integration presentation, but I was honestly surprised by the great turnout and engagement from the room. So many great questions, both during the presentation and after. I’m glad I had planned for a longer Q&A session than normal. :) As a group, we got to talk about continuous improvement, deploying stuff everywhere, and even some strategies for continuous deployment to production.

It was exciting to interact with the community so closely and I’m looking forward to the next time. Thanks everybody for coming out, and thanks to Mike and Akshay for all their work on the conference!

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SUGCON – Day One

The MVP Summit may be over, but SUGCON started today and all I can say is that I WAS NOT PREPARED.

I was not prepared for the amount of work that Akshay, Mike, Hedgehog, and BrainJocks had put into this event.

I was not prepared for the number and variety of attendees here at the conference.

I was MOST DEFINITELY¬†not prepared for the “ring girl” at the accelerator panel!

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Sitecore MVP Summit 2015 – Day One

It’s Monday and I’m in New Orleans. Wait. I should phrase that differently.


The Sitecore MVP registration and reception happened this evening. The real fun is chatting with MVPs from all over the world. I had a great talk with Robert Hock by the pool, and met new faces like Jeff Wang from Australia. I hope to get a chance to chat with more folks over the next few days.

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Can Trello Gold enhance your Scrum board?

TrelloA long time ago, in a blog post far, far away, I explored the use of Trello’s agile task tracking toolset to create a Scrum board for developer implementation. This has worked well for me over the years, especially when a project needs a little more structure than Kanban sometimes allows me. Recently, the post (and board) were featured on Trello’s Inspiration site, and that prodded me to do some investigation. Would I get anything out of Trello Gold that could help with the Scrum board process?

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Automate your server updates with OPAS and get some sleep at night

OPAS logoThis week I got to see a demo of Infront’s Orchestrated Patch Automation Solution (OPAS). The software promises to automate away all the manual steps that operational staff need to perform to update servers and then validate that they are healthy after the update. This could put an end to the weekend work, or middle of the night, bleary-eyed patching of one server after another. Why stay up late when you can make OPAS stay up for you? :)

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