Training Teams to Fight Complexity

How do we manage complexity? Today we discuss sources of complexity and explore design rules. We also talk about how you think about the systems that you’re building in ways that allow them to handle complexity gracefully.

The simple answer is to have people who are good at thinking about complex systems. Part of that is experience in looking at complex systems, seeing how they operate and being ready to deal with that type of thing like training pilots.

How we get to that insight is really significant, and it impacts how you build teams and systems. In addition to how you build systems that defend themselves that are naturally complex, but have the right defense mechanisms to make them more stable over the long term.

Transcript: otter.ai/u/f2t7gZfQhzG1Dgeg5ePwFHZOTmw
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Path to Tech Success: Sexy or Boring?

What makes people interested in new tech versus the stable, boring, things that keep the lights on work?

It feels to me as if we’re in the phase of development where we start saying, I need to make sure this all works. I’ve followed all the cool stuff, now I need to make sure everything’s working and get my ROI out.

This conversation questions that assumption, talks about why we care, what we’re really trying to accomplish, and digs into what is boring and what is sexy? And what makes them different.

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Infrastructure Governance As Code

We continue our Governance as Code discussions in today’s episode.

We started by very broadly looking at Governance as Code generally, but quickly drilled down into Infrastructure as Code meets Governance as Code focused discussion. Understanding that intersection is critical to building something that is both automated and governable.

The topic explored how we audit controls for systems. We also need to make sure that when we build infrastructure, it’s following our policies. The challenge here is making sure that what we’ve automated is conforming to our governance.

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Transcript: otter.ai/u/-vI03TkWcLpvTIBRrrKE9DugYvw

Microtransactions With DLT

Can we use DLT and cryptocurrencies for microtransactions? Today we break this down into component parts like what is a microtransaction? How does crypto help us? Does crypto help us?

In Cloud2030 discussions, we break things down. We explore how it helps, what it helps, what problems it does or doesn’t solve, and what problems does it create?

In this conversation we find some intriguing questions, and a few answers too towards the end. It’s a very enlightening conversation about microtransactions, DLT and crypto.

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Transcript: otter.ai/u/z-osMhCB8Qe0bf040WRzJAjuDCM

Successful Vendoring in Open Source

How can we make Open Source go faster, and how can we improve its interaction with vendors, especially hardware vendors?

We explore different ways that open source helps foster innovation, as well as where it creates ethical, financial, and legal conflicts in that process.

Thinking through how we want to bring vendor information into Open Source communities is an ongoing challenge.

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The Career Advice (we wish we’d gotten)

We started with a question in our warm up that was so motivating and exciting for the group that we continue talking about it the entire time!

In today’s episode, we discuss career advice, as the group looks back on things that would have helped them at the beginning of their career.

We have a fantastic conversation full of details, stories, and sage advice. Even if you are well on your way in your career, you will get a lot out of the conversation.

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Transcript: otter.ai/u/EyewEdhYLhxKkJNo2qKlVJq8-tE

Power Distribution And Green Infrastructure

We conceptualize data centers as core infrastructure components in today’s discussion about green infrastructure.

In our discussion about data centers as an industrial load that have peaks and valleys in demand, we dive into the grid as a connected system. We discuss how storage can disrupt the way power is generated and distributed, not only in the United States, but also around the world.

Distribution systems play a huge role in green infrastructure, just like networks. The way we assume that networks are available and robust, we have made the same assumption about power generation in the world to run these data centers.

These topics are all tied together, and you will see a lot of insights and similarities in how we solve and build green infrastructure.

Transcript: otter.ai/u/3W7DIwICzz1fhNR4MofvJvAzOGI
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How Open Source is Like SpaceX

What makes Open Source projects work? Today we discuss open source business models, motivations, what and how these projects work.

We moved from that into testing quality maintenance and ultimately SpaceX and Tesla. This conversation dives into how Elon Musk is transforming the industries that he’s in by looking at the delivery process.

Transcript: otter.ai/u/MuWt-gSkzOnUjFz8ioI3dNtAsa8
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Defending Against Complexity With Exercise

How do you manage complexity? Something we talk about a lot in Cloud2030 is how challenging it is to understand complexity, measure it and cope with it.

Richard Cooke wrote a paper called “How Complex Systems Fail,” (how.complexsystems.fail) and in it he talks about complex systems having strong defense mechanisms against failure. That’s what we talked about today. How do we build defense mechanisms for complex systems, not by making them simpler, but by exercising them and testing them?

We discuss the importance of testing, validation, and layer of abstraction and testing the layers in this conversation. If you deal with complex systems, this discussion will be fascinating and actionable.

Transcript: otter.ai/u/SP-z7OAJWAmJlql8Dh62rNk2hlo
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Distributed Ledger Drives Distributed Infrastructure

How is data center infrastructure adapted to edge distributed ledger technology workloads?

We think through if those demands (blockchain, proof-of-stake coins, etc) are changing the way we look at data center infrastructure, and the short answer is yes. We also explore the impacts of the type of workloads that we’re running and how we distribute them, rather than the type of equipment that we need to buy.

This conversation quickly becomes one about what we want to do with our infrastructure, not what the infrastructure is.

Transcript: otter.ai/u/KcT3ZF8ELbg5M3FrZmTSL7ycpX8
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