Author’s Note: This is a series of papers that I have written for my eMBA degree.
Humankind once again sits at the precipice of crewed exploration of another terrestrial world. Elon Musk’s SpaceX has been diligently at work, methodically testing prototypes of the Starship Heavy Launch System that will thrust crew, habitat, and equipment on a perilous journey to the red planet (SpaceX, n.d.). At the same time, NASA has been hard at work on the Artemis Lunar Exploration Program which has set the goal of a crewed mission to the Lunar surface by 2024 (NASA, 2020). Jeff Bezos’s venture, Blue Origin, is holding an auction to be on their first crewed mission to low Earth orbit in July. The current bid stands at a reasonable $2.8 million USD (Blue Origin, 2021). Virgin Galactic has just begun its final series of test flights for the certification of the Unity flight system, another space-tourism effort led by Sir Richard Branson (Amos, 2021). Continue reading Investigating Leadership for Crewed Missions to Mars – The eMBA Papers
Last year I had the opportunity to join Assurity Consulting in Wellington, New Zealand. I joined as a DevOps consultant and figured I would be responsible for DevOps related projects – setting up build pipelines, automated testing strategies, continuous delivery pipelines… Within my first week, I was asked if I’d like to help create some course material for a training course. Continue reading Lessons Learned from Teaching Professionals about DevOps in New Zealand
I was offered the opportunity to travel to New Zealand back in May to interview with three companies for a position as part of the LookSee campaign – which I wrote about in the blog post “Long Time No Blog – I won a trip to New Zealand”. That process started what would eventually lead to moving to the other side of the planet. Continue reading Doing DevOps in New Zealand
In this post I explore the basics on creating a Lex Bot as code. AWS Lex is a service that allows you to create a bot to respond to certain chat scripts. You essentially define the various ways people will talk to the bot, and then define AWS Lambda functions to actually perform the action requested and respond with the result of that action, or possibly continue on in the script to gather more information or merge into a new conversation altogether.
Continue reading Lex Bots as Code – The Rise of the Machines
So I started looking at positions in countries other than the United States to get a bit more breadth to my life experience. Inevitably I decided that European markets, Southern Australia, and New Zealand were likely the only options that had agreeable climates, stable governments, burgeoning tech job markets, and of course, spoke English.
Continue reading Long Time No Blog: I Won a trip to New Zealand