What is a Technical Architect anyway?

I spent a fair chunk of my career being a technical architect, most of which I also spent dreading the inevitable, "so what do you do for a living?" question at parties. Mostly I settled on answering, "I don't know" and quietly sobbing in a corner, because at least that »

Dimming the lights on voice

For me, voice control is one of those technologies that seems to be perennially almost but not quite there yet. We've spent the last 20 years correcting the Word documents we dictated to Dragon, having our in-car Bluetooth call the wrong person, sending incomprehensible text messages with Siri and recently »

Terraform - Beginner Pitfalls

After a rocky start, Terraform has become a great success story where I am. We've got both infrastructure and development teams using it, sharing both learnings and resources such as modules and code. A consequence of that is I spent quite a lot of my time helping people get started »

The Definition of Done Dashboard

I've been working on an infrastructure-heavy project of late, and one of the problems our team faced was differing viewpoints on what "done" actually means. In short, we ended up with a lot of variations of the following conversation: "It's done, I finished it." "But... I still see an error »