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Goats, Unicorns and Whisperers walk into a podcast. The results were phenomenal.
Michael Ducy, better known as The Goat Whisperer, joins us to discuss career growth with a DevOps-y twist. He started his career as a sysadmin, joined some incredible people during the Cloud craze, and came out a community leader within the DevOps space. He gets paid as an Global Partner Evangelist at Chef.
- Evangelist for the business development team
- A definition of DevOps
- How the term has “kind of hit its pique” of hype cycle
- Being influenced by John Willis and John Vincent
- Gene Kim’s Phoenix Project – a novel about DevOps
- Increasing the flow through a system.
- Goat Whispering
- The organizational silos that create drag
- How silos and DevOps naturally clash
- The rise of the goat meme
- How organizational silos are not all bad
- Behaviors of a goat (naturally curious, can be used for multiple things)
- Going “full goat”
- Asking the question of “did you think you’d get here?”
- Asking about how Michael gets paid for this
- The inflection point of his career
- Remembering there will be haters
- Balancing lots of travel with wife and kids
- The importance of organizational culture
- Working from home
- Becoming the voice of your brand to the customer
- How Evangelism rocks as Marketing
- Meetups as a classroom for credibility
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