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Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves? - Friedrich Nietzsche
Along my professional career, I have been fortunate enough to work on several different areas within the computing arena. At some time or another, I have been involved in systems administration, software development, cloud engineering and even technical training. Despite the wide array of subjects, three fundamental topics have always been present. The first, passion. My passion for everything related to computers and how to solve problems with them has helped me to pursue new goals in good times and get past the obstacles when facing difficult ones. It may not be the best co-pilot but, passion is, for sure, a great engine.
Management is the art of getting things done through people. - Mary Parker Follet
The second, the importance of leadership, comes from the fact that most problems worth to be addressed, cannot not be faced by a single person. To build the required capacity and to bring in needed knowledge, groups of people –teams– are routinely assembled. It is then when leadership needs to appear. Its focus should not be to command and control but to remove roadblocks, to create a sense of purpose and to ensure the teams move towards their goals at a sustainable pace. Ultimately, the leader serves the team. And it is not without some sadness that I have found good management and, specially, good technical management as necessary as scarce.
It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory. - W. Edwards Deming
Finally, the third aspect that has been walking with me along these years has been change. Architecture, operating systems, networking, programming paradigms, you name it. Whatever that is today taken as safe and sound is going to be outdated very, very soon. And even though there is waste here –some of the solutions appearing seem to be initiated from the marketing departments rather than from the emergence of disruptive technologies–, we are learning now at a faster pace than at any other time in the human history. Ten years ago, we might need five to replace a programming language by a new one built up on the new collective experience. Today, we need months. The world we are in changes at a fast pace, face it or be left behind.
This blog, just one among millions, was born to be my motivation to explore subjects that are interesting to me rather than a way to reach others. As in sports, the biggest battle is against oneself. Disregarding who might read it, its main focus areas will be innovative technology and leadership within the context of world we live in. Postings, hopefully, will be as diverse as my experiences have been.