Sr. Developer Evangelist
Brendan has a passion for software development and iterating on processes just as quickly as we iterate on code. He is a zealous advocate for the user experience. Brendan can still remember what his first computer – a Tandy 2000 – felt like to use (and break…sorry Dad). Working with customers to deliver value is what drives Brendan’s passion for DevOps and smooth CI/CD implementation. Brendan has worked with a wide range of customers – from the nation’s top healthcare institutions to environmental services companies to the Department of Defense. The only thing more eclectic is probably his taste in music. Outside of work, you’ll find Brendan with 1 to 4 kids hanging off of him at any given time or occasionally finding a moment alone to build something in his workshop.
I don’t have a computer science degree. I haven’t ever been paid to write code for a living. In fact, the only programming “class” I’ve ever taken was a VB business school class 15 years ago.
In this talk, I’ll prove that the qualifications to learn, teach, and talk about technology are not the “traditional” ones. No one should feel that their opinion or experience is less than someone who has more of a typical software engineering resume. By giving three mini-demos of technology that I have no right talking about, I’ll show that being self-taught doesn’t mean you shouldn’t share your knowledge with others. The only requirement is a little creativity and a lot of curiosity, and anyone can stand up on stage or write a blog or teach their coworkers something new.