Dutch Lock Down Day Ninety Four

[But When Do We Stretch?]

If you’re here for the dancing, prepare to be disappointed.

Agile is not about stretching muscles.


While I’ve had informal experience with agile stand ups, kanban, scrum, and other lean management solutions, I’ve not formally researched it and since the DevRel group within Packet uses it for documentation and ticketing, I’ve been drinking from that firehose for a few weeks now.

But first the news:

I totally just ordered Head First Agile: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Agile Principles, Ideas, and Real-World Practices from Amazon.NL and can I just say how AWESOME it is for Amazon to FINALLY open a full official store in the Netherlands? Buying from .com, .co.uk, and .de was a bit of a pain and … now that I think about it, really, I shouldn’t be buying from them for so many reasons but English books in the Netherlands is HARD.

ASIDE: I love Head First books. Per Wikipedia, it’s “a series of introductory instructional books to many topics, published by O’Reilly Media. It stresses an unorthodox, visually intensive, reader-involving combination of puzzlesjokes, nonstandard design and layout, and an engaging, conversational style to immerse the reader in a given topic.” And it works.

But you don’t have to order a book – I just love paper, yo, cause I’m Old School ™ – you can read a few different articles online and Atlassian has an entire agile resource that I’m diving into while I wait for the book to arrive.

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Dutch Lock Down Day Ninety Two

[One Down One to Go!]

Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

The OpenShift Commons Gathering on Community Development was today. Where users, partners, customers, contributors and upstream project leads come together to collaborate and work together across the OpenShift Cloud Native ecosystem.

But first the news:

Today’s Virtual OpenShift Commons Gathering focused on community development and best practices for driving community engagement and measuring community health!

And it was so totally badass.

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Dutch Lock Down Day Seventy Nine


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Today was my first day with Packet, an Equinix Company, and I don’t know if I’m supposed to always call it that, Packet, an Equinix Company, or if I can just call it Packet, but today was exquisite and adventurous and inclusive and beautiful.

And exhausting.

But first the news:

It’s really hard to be overjoyed with the new job AND simultaneously devastated.


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Dutch Lock Down Day Seventy Eight

[Wanna Hear About The New Job? #DrumRollPlease]

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I am absolutely over the moon to announce that I’m joining the dreamers, tinkerers, creators, and mad scientists at Packet, an Equinix Company, as a Senior Developer Advocate.

Packet is the leader in automated bare metal focused on making infrastructure a competitive advantage for the world’s leading digital businesses by pairing developer-friendly bare metal with a trusted ecosystem of networks, software, and partners.

Packet helps customers take advantage of Equinix’s unmatched geographic reach in 55+ global markets, 340k+ interconnections between over 1800+ networks, and a neutral approach with automation that creates a trusted, friction-free experience. As part of Equinix, Packet’s mission is to protect, connect, and power the digital world with physical infrastructure that moves at software speed. 

Photo by Josh Felise on Unsplash

One of the reasons I’m so enthusiastic about Packet is that they’re just as passionate about open source and cloud as I am. And now I get to dive into edge and container technologies!


And NOW the news:

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Dutch Lock Down Day Fifty Nine

I officially changed the ‘OpenStack Community Liaison’ to ‘Advocate’.

I should probably give context.

GroningenRain.nl is built on a wordpress content management platform which uses categories for the posts – the default category is Dancing Engineer and, in staying on brand, the other main category is Fierce Woman.

ASIDE: I should probably change that to Fierce Person? Or Fierce NonBinary? Or … something? Fierce CREATURE! YESSS!! !

The subcategories for Dancing Engineer are Dancer, Developer, Mentor, Student, and OpenStack Community Liaison while the subcategories for Fierce Woman are Adventurer, Baker, Feminist, Mama, Partner, Speaker, and Warrior.

FYI: Most of these COVID19 posts have been under the Warrior category.

So ‘OpenStack Community Liaison’ doesn’t really fit with the other subcategories anyway PLUS I’m about to NOT be the OpenStack Community Liason anymore.

But I’ll always be an Advocate, even if it’s not my official title.

That has always been and always will be part of my brand.

It’s who I am.

Within software and work, sure, but also within life. For friends and family, for women, for minorities – for anyone who needs someone to advocate on their behalf.

I’m here for you.

But first the news:

So I cut my hair.


Wanna see?

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