Open Core Summit Event Report

Today I participated in the inaugural Open Core Summit. When I first heard about this event from the organizers, what I heard was that they were trying to put together a small boutique event. Clearly, they had struck a gold mine of untapped demand, because next thing I’ve heard is that the event is two…

Trail of Coincidence

A guest was coming to our office over lunch, so food was ordered for everyone. Except it turned out that due to a miscommunication, mine wasn’t there. No problem, I said. Happy accident. I’ll go out for lunch later. Maybe somebody up there is trying to tell me that I should eat out today. I…

Camping in Livermore

In the Saturday Japanese school my daughter goes to, there are 4-5 families that mine has been particularly close to. With some families relocating and what not, faces have slowly changed over time, but some of us go all the way back to when my daughter was a baby. Over the memorial day weekend, the…

Art of asking questions

A part of my work is a journalistic work. I go out, I grok how & what software people are building, and that knowledge informs what we do next. This is primarily done by asking questions and listening to the answers. So I think a lot about how to ask questions. One of the first…

KubeCon event report (2 of 2)

(This is the continuation from the previous post.) New Era of Open Source In the 2010s, open-source was driven mainly by startups as a strategy to build a viable business, which led to companies like Red Hat, CloudBees, Elastic, & Mongo. It was also painfully clear in KubeCon that the forces that shaped the landscape of…

KubeCon event report (1 of 2)

KubeCon / CloudNativeCon in Barcelona was amazing. I’ve been hearing great things from my colleagues who have been to past KubeCon, but hearing and seeing are two entirely different experiences. Excitement The energy was clearly in the air, reflecting the amount of interest, excitement, innovation, and investment in the cloud native space. The number of…

Microsoft Build event report

This is my event report from Microsoft Build last week. More pictures of the event is here. The last time I’ve been to a flagship Microsoft event is more than 10 years ago, where we showed Sun hardware that was certified for Windows Server and I was handing out Sun T-shirts. Before I joined Sun in…

Dockercon 2019

I was at the Dockercon last week. TL;DR is that +1 for the event team, their OSS strategy, and ARM, but -1 for the CTO’s stage performance, and their product value. Docker is clearly focused on developer experience (DX) that hides rapidly evolving “implementation details” (think Kubernetes, Helm, etc.) As the OSS strategy, that made…

On technology leadership

What does it mean to be a technology leader? This has been and still is a perpetual question for me. In this post, I’d like to reflect on what I learned about technology leadership in my experience as the creator of Jenkins and as the CTO of CloudBees. Leading by Code When a software engineer…

My personal journey around diversity

Today, in the software development industry, the issue of gender, racial, and other diversities is widely accepted. But I also think this is still largely understood as “social value,” as opposed to “business value.” As a result, the awareness is not leading to enough actions, because it loses out in the crucial fight over priority….

Groovy folks, time to start agreeing

I wrote about the drama unfolding in the Groovy project a month ago. I left that topic for a while, but I was pleased to find out today that the question is no longer whether they need to move to a foundation, but rather which foundation it should be. There’s an email thread that has…