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I teach…

Dear Reader,

My mother was a school teacher. My father ran music education programs for every church at which he worked. I was raised to think that it is normal to help others understand the things that I do.

That’s why it’s really no surprise that when my career took a left turn in 2006 and I started working on ways to educate developers, I took to it like a duck to water.

As I’ve talked about before, I try and stick to the things I am qualified to teach, PHP, MySQL, programming, and building teams. These are the things that I know. These are the things that I understand well enough so that I can share with others.

It’s not just my vocation to teach developers, it is my passion. I want to help the current generation of developers become better developers, and I want to help raise up the next generation of developers.

I teach because I know something other’s don’t.
My unique perspective on a problem is something that others with the same problem may not have considered.

I teach to elevate others.
If I can bring developers to my level, then it is easier for them to climb to the next level, and bring me up.

I teach, because it makes me happy. 
By helping people, I work to make my corner of the world a little better.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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It’s not their problem

Dear Reader,

Open Source project leaders and community conference organizers share one thing in common. EVERYBODY knows how to do what they do and do it better. I know because I’ve sat in both chairs.

It is amazing to me how many people understand the intricacies of complex problems enough to suggest new ideas or features that will solve their problem.

That’s the thing, though. In both cases – FOSS and conferences – the projects were setup to solve the problem that the founders saw. Your problem may not be their problem, and that’s ok.

If a project doesn’t solve your problem, fork it and make it solve your problem.

If the conference doesn’t do things the way you want it to, start your own conference.

OR

If both of those sound too difficult – because they are – instead of berating the founders for not solving your problem, offer to solve the problem for them.

Yes, that’s right, if you want your problem solved, you need to solve it. It is your problem, not theirs.

Stop dog-piling on people that are just trying to solve a problem, start helping them solve yours.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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Gardeners, not Gatekeepers

Dear Reader,

In IT, for the longest time, we have been the gatekeepers of technology. The old guard, the Night’s Watch dedicated to keeping mere mortals safe as we handle the pointy bits of technology.

All of that has changed while we were busy keeping watch.

Today, the world does not need us to protect them from technology, they need us to show them how to use it so they can do what we do.

It is incumbent on every programmer, designer, DevOps, SysOps, SecOps and any other *Ops out there to open up what we do. We have to show others how to do it so that they can apply their unique skills to solve problems we don’t even see.

Gone are the days of the IT Gatekeepers. Today we need to mentor as many people as we can in what we do. We need to help them understand, not do it for them. Our systems are no longer citadels, they are gardens. We need to teach others help us tend our gardens.

We need to move from  gatekeepers to gardeners.

Until next time,
I <3 |<
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