Brent McConnell

Traveling the highways and byways of life with my wife and two kids... enjoying every minute of it.


DevOps User Stories

These are common user stories related to DevOps that were discussed in a LinkedIn discussion here.  I have repeated them in this post for my convenience and to make them a little more readable.   Some I agree should be on the list and others I’m not quite sure about.  Please refer to the original thread for details. Developer As a developer, when starting with a new company, I want to be able to be ...(Read More)

Findability

Imagine being lost on a deserted island with no hope of being discovered with only a volleyball named Wilson to keep you company.  There’s a reason pirates used marooning as a form of torture.  It’s a miserable existence (if you can call it that) that usually doesn’t end so well.  But yet that’s what becomes of most corporate knowledge.  It’s left on various file servers across the enterprise with little hope of discovery or rescue ...(Read More)

Strategic Reuse

Community managers have a tough job. They deal with lots of different stakeholders trying to find that elusive “middle ground”. They incessantly cheer on community activities and push adoption of collaboration best practices; but when it comes to validating their position through tangible and quantifiable metrics it can sometimes seem daunting. Is the best measure user participation? How about community size? Each of these seem like great things, and they are, but typically organizations don’t ...(Read More)

Building a Better Mousetrap

“Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Is there any more familiar quotation related to innovation?  I doubt it.  However, “build a better mousetrap” was actually a misquotation. What Emerson really said was… “If a man has good corn or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad ...(Read More)

Building the ngx_postgres Module on Debian

I stumbled across a nifty little module for nginx calledngx_postgres.  It allows you to access a Postgres database directly through nginx and HTTP with little more than a configuration file that creates a REST mapping to your tables.  Interesting idea so I thought I’d give it a spin and see if it could be useful, however there were a couple of “gotchas” in setting it up that I thought I’d document. First adding modules to ...(Read More)