Life at Cloudibility (IX): I will never ever hire that person!

logo_cloudibility_rgb_transparent_square_smallI said this quite often during several projects over the last years – and often directed to persons being „difficult“ with regards to discussing hard, having different opinions, contradicting a Product Owner or an Architect with thoughtful arguments. This is something you will have to accept, even if it is hard to do so. And it is exhausting, it is stressful working with such people on a day-by-day basis.

But, I changed my mind.

Or, to put it differently, I am now in a position where I want to have such characters around me. Here at Cloudibility, we want persons having their own ideas and their own minds, we want them to contradict us and to proove us to be wrong.

We want to have such minds around us. Of course, they will have to stick to our rules of respect and culture, they will need to be compatible with customers and the team. But besides this: Have your own mind, contradict, improve, overtake us!

So, we are looking for the Crazy Ones:

Are you one of them?

Welcome!

What is… DevOps?

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By Kharnagy – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51215412

Ok, I get it. You do DevOps.

  • Because you shut down your VMs at night. Automatically.
  • Because you have a Jenkins-installation.
  • Because you are moving to a cloud environment.
  • Because you have set up a „DevOps“-team.
  • Because you have a lot of meetings with stakeholders.
  • Because you want a Development team to run a software since the approach is often described as „You build it, you run it“.
  • Because you know about this nifty image on top.

Turns out: No.

You don’t do DevOps.

You just shut down your VMs at night, you just happen to have a Jenkins-installation, you’re just moving to a cloud environment, etc.

But this is not DevOps. At least not in the sense we at Cloudibility understand it and explain it to our customers and set it up with them. To us, DevOps is not about any specific technology or setting up a team.

DevOps is a mindset.

It is an approach to thinking about, developing and running software collaboratively. It is about the way you interact from the start to the end of a project with each other. It involves getting rid of this „throwing over the fence“ mentality. It involves a process for collecting and maintaining knowledge in an ever-changing team and agile approaches to development and operations. It is about the way a team is set up and how it evolves, it is about the way we set up and execute operational processes. DevOps even is a way to organize collaboration in a whole company.

And, DevOps is a culture.

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Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst

So, DevOps is way more than putting Dev and Ops on the same table. Or than moving into cloud environments. Or than being agile. Way more.

In the following months and weeks, I will give you insights into our approach to DevOps. I will give you some tips and hints. I will help you to see the whole picture. I will do this on a per-issue and per-aspect base, and it will be a loose series of articles.

Stay tuned!

Life at Cloudibility (VI): Plus 3!

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At Cloudibility, we are currently growing enormously – by mindset, by knowledge, and by headcount.

Last week, our team was expanded by three bright minds (in no particular order:

Sandra
Sandra was a Developer once (and a very good one!) and decided to opt for DevOps. She has very strong development skills and is able to transfer this into DevOps-territory. She likes working with CI/CD-components, ELK / EFK and Kubernetes. And from time to time she will be giving presentations and trainings and speeches. She joined our team as Senior DevOps Engineer.

Ronny
Ronny has a profound knowledge in DevOps-technologies as well as Kubernetes. He is doing deep dives with technologies such as Linux, Docker, Ansible, Teraform, Vagrant, Virtualization (VMware, etc.) and many more. He has joined our team as Senior DevOps Engineer.

Emilie
Emilie is part of our sales team. She as an impressive track record of sales even in difficult environments, can handle customers and partners and is a very positive person. She has joined our team as Sales Manager.

Guys, it is so great to have you with us!

Life at Cloudibility (IV): Best. Team. In. The. World.

Cloudibility-Logo-SquareWe have the best team in the world. Period.

I’ve never seen a team being that committed. That focused. That inquisitive. That eager to learn. That funny. That great.

Team, I am so proud of working with you! 

Next week, we will start our expansion. I mean: We will really start it. Three new Team-Members at the beginning of the month. Two more in the middle. One more beginning of August. One more at mid of August. One, two, three perhaps beginning of September.

But: I am not afraid. I know, that we already have a great team and we will continue to be one. We looked carefully at the new colleagues‘ character and found them to match the team in culture and commitment.

Sandra, Ronny, Emily: Welcome!

You will be part of Cloudibility, you will shape us and you will grow with us. And I am very confident to count you in next time when I write about the:

Best. Team. In. The.World.

Life at Cloudibility (III): 70% Women

Just a short fact: As of now, we have around 70% of women and only 30% of men here at Cloudibility.

Of course, this is just a snapshot since the figures might change, as around 70-80% of all employees in IT are men – but it also depicts a fact: We are open to everyone.

We want to have the bright minds, not the bold muscles (although we do not have a problem with muscles at all – I personally try to convert some fat into some muscles for years without success at all, but this is a different story…).

We have established (and we can not live without it) a culture without glass ceilings, we want all of our stuff to have the same chances and opportunities. We want all of our stuff to overtake us in terms of knowledge and experience, we want all of them to stand by their opinions, discuss them, change them, renew them and grow together. We have no issues in being challenged and we want all of our stuff to bring everything on the table – as long as it is done with respect and openness to the other side’s arguments.

There are some things, we do not tolerate, though: Domination patterns, for example. Or this elbow-thing. Or ignoring a „Stop!“, regardless of the issue. Or when someone simply decides instead of explaining. Or the good old „we always did it that way“ approach.

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Friederike, our Head of Publishing. Julia, our Head of Sales. Claudia, our COO. 

So, will we be able to keep that 70% ratio? I doubt it but we want this spirit to grow and this culture to be everywhere in our company.

And we want to have even more women as employees. We want them to take responsibility and to prove all the prejudices wrong. We do actively look for women, we do hire them by intent.

Perhaps you know of some good fit for us? Perhaps you want to join us? Send me a mail.

And, BTW: We hire men as well. 😂

I’m once again impressed!

As you might know, we are actively building a team of highly skilled professionals and bright minds.

Just today, we had another interview with a candidate, which will (hopefully!) join our Indian team. She will be the fourth woman in a four-head team so far. Each of these women (I am not allowed to reveal their names since they will be starting Mid-July and Mid-August respectively) has deeply impressed me – so active, so open-minded, so skilled, so … bright!

We are so happy working with and learning from you!

Welcome to the team!

Life at Cloudibility (II): We need an organizational diagram

Cloudibility-Logo-SquareCloudibility is not even a year of age, but we already need an organizational diagram, since we are already close to 20 persons (17 beginning of September) working with and for us – and this is only the number of employees which have already signed their contracts, not to be spoken of the ones we are currently having conversations with!

We take this very seriously since Michael and I have experiences in enterprise environments as well as a startup history. For us, one very deciding aspect for the success of a company is the organizational structure – if you don’t have it, you are very likely to fail. And having a structure and an internal organization frees the „creatives“ from having to care about everything, ultimately allowing them to focus on their work and the excellence in their doing.

One final note: The importance of a working organization and a working back-office cannot be overemphasized. That’s why I am so happy with our COO Claudia, Linda, the whole team and their invaluable work.

Thank you, team!