I’m not one for lofty or overly-ambitious New Year’s resolutions, but I do feel that the beginning of the year is an excellent time to set  goals and make some changes in the name of continuous improvement.

A personal goal I set for myself this year was to do better about staying in touch with friends and family. Often times I feel like I rely on social media to fill me in on what everyone who is important to me is up to. While social media is great and I love seeing pictures and reading about everyone’s personal and professional adventures, it lacks a true emotional and personal connection that only comes from spending quality time with each other, communicating directly with one another .

I’ve decided that this effort should be extended beyond my own family and personal friends.

Over the next several months, I’m going to share with you an interview series featuring my DevOps friends, letting them talk about what they have planned for 2015. To preview some of the folks I’ll be communicating with, I’ve put together a teaser of who I’ll be talking with in one form or another. All of them have some very exciting things coming up and I can’t wait to share with you what they are.

Matt Stratton

Matt Stratton

Solutions Architect at Chef, lead organizer of DevOpsDays – Chicago, and host of the Arrested DevOps Podcast

J. Paul Reed

J. Paul Reed

Build/Release Engineering, DevOps, Agile Consultant, Public Speaker, and host of the Ship Show Podcast

Steve Pereira

Steve Pereira

DevOps, Continuous Delivery specialist, and lead organizer of DevOpsDays – Toronto

Dave Josephsen

Dave Josephsen

Developer Evangelist at Librato, developer of Slacker (chatbot), and Prentice Hall & O’Reilly author

Ryan Frantz

Ryan Frantz

Senior Operations Engineer at Etsy,

James Fryman

James Fryman

Senior DevOps Engineer at StackStorm

Dave Zwieback

Dave Zwieback

VP of Engineering, Next Big Sound. CTO, Lotus Outreach. Devops practitioner and author of “The Human Side of Postmortems”

Matthew Boeckman

Matthew Boeckman

V.P. of Infrastructure at Craftsy, co-organizer of DevOpsDays – Rockies and local DevOps Denver Meetup

Josh Nichols

Josh Nichols

Infrastructure Engineer at GitHub and Hubot maintainer

Dale Hamel

Dale Hamel

Operations Developer at Shopify. Lead developer of RasPlex

Bridget Kromhout

Bridget Kromhout

Operations Engineer at DramaFever, co-host of Arrested DevOps Podcast and lead organizer of DevOpsDays – Minneapolis

Seth Goings

Seth Goings

Software Engineer & Continuous Delivery Specialist at ReadyTalk

Gene Kim

Gene Kim

DevOps enthusiast, “The Phoenix Project co-author”, Tripwire founder, Visible Ops co-author, IT Ops/Security Researcher, Theory of Constraints Jonah, rabid UX fan

Alan Shimel

Alan Shimel

Managing Partner at The CISO Group, Network World Blogger, Manager Security Bloggers Network, Editor Devops.com

Jason A. Cox

Jason A. Cox

Director, Systems Engineering at The Walt Disney Company

Jimmy Cuadra

Jimmy Cuadra

Developer of Lita and ChatOps specialist

Dianne Marsh

Dianne Marsh

Director of Engineering @ Netflix

Jason Dixon

Jason Dixon

Director of Product Solutions @Librato

Jessica DeVita

Jessica DeVita

Technical Evangelist at Microsoft
Ryan MartensRyan Martens Founder/CTO of Rally Software, CEO of Entrepreneur’s Foundation of CO, Unreasonable Institute Mentor, Startup Colorado Board Member
PatrickDeboisPatrick Debois Father of the term “DevOps”, founder of first DevOpsDays event and organizing body. Senior JAVA/Unix Web consultant/architect/project manager

 

Stay tuned and join me in learning more about what these folks are up to this year!