Today I mark 500 days at AWS. Why D? Well that’s 500 in roman numerals – Duh!
Those 500 days have really flown by.
I continue to lead a team of Solutions Architects who help customers on their cloud journey, and my scope increased in 2019, so I now also lead teams based in NSW & QLD.
We recently held AWS Sydney Summit and I was a guest on AWS Summit Live on Twitch in which I was interviewed by the team about the upcoming Build Track which I curated together with Kris Howard (who was also one of the hosts for AWS Summit Live)
Still getting the hang of what it means to be an Amazonian. There’s a lots to learn.
If I were to use the “hero journey” to describe my time so far, I’ve definitely crossed the threshold into the “Extraordinary world”
So as I continue my journey, the thing that will help push me through those inevitable challenges is knowing that I am helping advance the cause for the local industry, helping Australian companies embrace the opportunities of the cloud, and see them compete & excel globally. I love meeting and helping local companies who have global customers, delivering great value, and providing employment opportunities for skilled local folks.
I just passed my 90 days in Telstra’s Chief Technology Office (CTO) based out of the Gurrowa Innovation Lab in Melbourne.
It’s been a full-on period which included revisiting our WHY (thank you Simon Sinek)
So now that we have a better idea of our WHY, we’re looking for a few special folks to come join us.
We are on the hunt for a community manager, who will be “our face” to the community. From running tours, to hosting events and making the connections between all the diverse communities that Telstra is part of; and they need a bit of hustle.
We also need an innovation hacker, a cross between a “hacker” and a “hipster”, who can use digital marketing tools and techniques to drive rapid experimentation, which will help test & validate ideas.
These folks will be joining a growing team of entrepreneurial minded people, including Facilitation and Design specialists who believe that by working together, we can discover the insights and technologies that will pay dividends back to Australian businesses, and reaffirm our nation’s position on the world stage as a bold and vital innovator.
So if you think you’re part of this dream team, based in Melbourne, reach out and tell us why.
Today marks 2 years into my time at Telstra , and it’s really zipped along.
I even got inspired to get a “simpsons-style” cartoon of me – the orange hat is a nice touch I think.
The last couple of these types of posts I’ve done have included a bit of a recap – 12 Months In & 546 Days so I will spare the look back, suffice to say a fair bit of stuff got done – some visible such as T.DEV , speaker at I ♥ APIS in San Jose, sponsor at Web Directions 2015, judge at Hackfood, author on Telstra Exchange; and some not so, but just as important!!
I also made a a video to be used for internal training – here’s sneak peak
Oh, and I’ve had 23 trips to Sydney over these past 2 years. Yes, I did the maths.
OK then, so there are a few things coming up that I am looking forward to…
- Above All Human – I missed it last year, so I am keen to attend this year.
- Muru-D Sydney Class 3 – I was at the recent boot camp helping some of these startups get ready and I cant wait to see what they produce!!
- API Days Australia in Melbourne, March 1 & 2, with a host of great speakers
What else? There’s a few other things, but I’ll keep’em under my hat for the time being. It revolves around how developers took over the world and how we can respond to that.
And did i mentioned I’ve had 23 trips to Sydney !!
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,300 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 22 trips to carry that many people.
My fitbit #Fitstats_AU for 12/29/2014: 6,592 steps and 4.8 km traveled. http://www.fitbit.com/user/229VLQ