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On-Call Nightmares Podcast
Stories from technologists about being on-call.
Category: Technology
Location: New York
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May 08, 2020 09:49 AM PDT

Hey friends, it's been a while. I haven't been on-call, but I have been working on meeting tons of new people for new content for this podcast.

I can't do it alone though. Would you like to be on the podcast?

Reach out!

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OnCallNightmare
Email: oncallnightmares@gmail.com

The commitment for your story is under 35 minutes and you'll have a lasting testimony of your experience on-call.

December 23, 2019 11:00 AM PST

Well 2019 is just about done, that means one more podcast. This time I break format a bit and welcome on Corey Quinn. Corey and I take a look at how he founded the company and how they help people save money on their AWS bills. Then Corey and I take a dive into some of the topics that impacted the cloud in 2019. A fun conversation to end 2019!

Corey is the Cloud Economist at The Duckbill Group. Corey specializes in helping companies improve their AWS bills by making them smaller and less horrifying; hosts the Screaming in the Cloud and AWS Morning Brief podcasts; and curates Last Week in AWS, a weekly newsletter summarizing the latest in AWS news, blogs, and tools, sprinkled with snark.


December 19, 2019 08:16 AM PST

It's the One Year Anniversary of On-Call Nightmares. When I set out to start this podcast, there were a few people on a list that i just felt I needed to speak to. I finally checked off the first name I had on the list. Episode 45 is a conversation with Google Principal Developer Advocate, Kelsey Hightower.

Kelsey Hightower is a Technologist working at Google while learning in public.


November 21, 2019 08:39 AM PST

This week I chat with Silvia Botros also known as the @dbsmasher from Twitter. I learn about her experiences on-call for databases, motherhood and an affinity for breaking things. An awesome conversation with an incredible person.

Silvia Botros is a Sr Principal Engineer at Twilio. She focuses on ways to break databases but is also talented at finding bugs in all your software. Whether she helped build it or not. When she is not helping Twilio Sendgrid send billions of emails a day, she is busy training her little replicas on also breaking computers and trolling her friends on Twitter.


November 14, 2019 06:45 AM PST

One of the best parts of attending DOES 2019 in Las Vegas was meeting so many of the leaders and innovators from the world of DevOps. Damon Edwards's work is extremely well known in the DevOps field and I was lucky enough to discuss his history during this interview.

Damon Edwards is a Co-Founder of Rundeck Inc., the makers of Rundeck, the popular open source Operations Management Platform. Damon has spent over 15 years working with both the technology and business ends of IT Operations and is noted for being a leader in porting Lean and cutting-edge DevOps techniques to large-scale enterprise organizations. Damon is a frequent conference speaker and writer who focuses on DevOps, SRE, and Operations improvement topics. Damon is active in the international DevOps community, a co-host of the DevOps Cafe podcast, and a content chair for Gene Kim’s DevOps Enterprise Summit.


October 31, 2019 07:20 AM PDT

The number 42 has a huge meaning for baseball fans. Jackie Robinson wore 42, Mariano Rivera wore 42 and now one of the greatest in DevOps, John Willis wears the On-Call Nightmares podcast episode #42! Learn from John's past, his present and his future at Red Hat. We got together at the 2019 DevOps Enterprise Summit in Las Vegas to chat about all things DevOps and a lil Yankees baseball (not much). By far one of the most important episodes of the podcast yet.

John Willis has worked in the IT management industry for more than 35 years. Currently he is part of Red Hat's Global Transformation Office which will be focused on accelerating our customers digital visions while bringing holistic change across their technological AND social systems.

He was formerly Director of Ecosystem Development at Docker. Prior to Docker, Willis was the VP of Solutions for Socketplane (sold to Docker) and Enstratius (sold to Dell). Prior to to Socketplane and Enstratius, Willis was the VP of Training and Services at Opscode, where he formalized the training, evangelism, and professional services functions at the firm. Willis also founded Gulf Breeze Software, an award-winning IBM business partner, which specializes in deploying Tivoli technology for the enterprise. Willis has authored six IBM Redbooks on enterprise systems management and was the founder and chief architect at Chain Bridge Systems.

Beyond the Phoenix Project - Audiobook https://itrevolution.com/book/beyond-phoenix-project-audiobook/
Maslach Burnout Inventory - https://www.mindgarden.com/117-maslach-burnout-inventory

October 24, 2019 11:14 AM PDT

On-Call Nightmares returns to talk to the man from Texas who represents Big Blue, JJ Asghar. JJ and I discuss his start as a 15-year-old in technology and how on-call has morphed over the years.

JJ works at IBM on the IBM cloud as a Developer Advocate. He’s focusing on the IBM Kubernetes Service trying to make companies and users have a successful on boarding to the Cloud Native ecosystem.

He lives and grew up in Austin, Texas. He enjoys a good strong stout, hoppy IPA, and some team building Artemis, madding Dwarf Fortress, Rimworld, or Factorio. He’s a member of the Church of Emacs, though jumps into Vim on remote machines. He usually chooses Ubuntu over CentOS, but secretly wants FreeBSD everywhere. He’s always trying to become a better Ruby developer, but experiments with Go, Python, and only when he has to, Node. A father and husband, if he’s not trying to automate his job away he’s always trying to convince his daughters to “be button makers not button pushers.


October 10, 2019 09:42 AM PDT

A big milestone, episode 40! This week I speak with Netflix SRE Ryan Kitchen about birds, DR and movies!

Ryan Kitchens has been in a variety of positions in software over the past ten years allowing him to experience the good and the bad, the amazing and the bizarre. As an SRE with a film degree, he currently works at Netflix on the CORE team, focused on ensuring availability. The background of the team spans incident management and analysis, resilience engineering, and human factors & systems safety.


September 25, 2019 10:45 AM PDT

This week I speak with Dan Bentley of tilt.dev!

Dan is a software engineer who's currently fixing microservice development as CEO of Tilt ( https://tilt.dev ). Before that, he was at Google for 11 years and then Twitter, working on tools for devs and tools for non-developers. He's opened for The Who and has checks from Donald Knuth.

Transcript: https://aka.ms/AA64hk6


September 12, 2019 07:00 AM PDT

Live from DevOpsDays Portland, I speak with Gene Kim, Author of "The Phoenix Project" and the upcoming book "The Unicorn Project."  When I started this podcast, one of my goals was to talk to Gene about his own experiences in IT, thankfully this trip to DevOpsDays in PDX helped that happen.  Cameos by Jennifer Davis, Matty Stratton, Jason Yee and Terri Haber!

Gene Kim is a multiple award-winning CTO, researcher and author, and has been studying high-performing technology organizations since 1999. He was founder and CTO of Tripwire for 13 years. He has written five books, including “The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win”, “The DevOps Handbook”, “Accelerate” and the upcoming “The Unicorn Project”. Since 2014, he has been the organizer of the DevOps Enterprise Summit, studying the technology transformations of large, complex organizations.


Transcript - https://aka.ms/AA6107c

The Unicorn Project - https://itrevolution.com/book/the-unicorn-project/

DevOps Enterprise Summit Las Vegas - https://events.itrevolution.com/us/

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