I love social media....in fact I think I'm secretly addicted. Not because I stay awake late at night....waiting in anticipation for the next Donald Trump tweet...but because I'm met some incredible people.
In addition, I've used social platforms as a way of learning and practicing my data science craft, experimenting with audio and video content and more recently...I've been using it as a vehicle for experimenting with comedy.
That's 4 great reasons...or maybe 5. I was never any good at mental arithmetic. Let me explore two of those themes....Incredible People, Video and Comedy.
So I went on holidays this year and decided to venture off to the outlandish Las Vegas strip....and to see the incredible and eclectic sites of New York. Now....having used twitter for around 2 years...I made some friends online. Real friends.
One of them...Avro (@avrohomg)....I'd already met in Brisbane. You see on the back of our conversations he came out to Brissie...and we had an awesome time. Check out our favourite pic at the world famous Australia Zoo....
Now....one of the first people I met online was Dez (@dez_blanchfield). He was very encouraging....not just of me...but many other people....and we've mates for a few years now. One of the ways he encouraged myself and others, to improve our visibility on social media, was to post original video content. And so the #DezVideoChallenge was born.
The idea behind the challenge is to encourage everyone to create original video content of themselves and more importantly have fun. By doing this...you create what we call in Agile...a forcing function...in this case a fun...gamified...video challenge. Not only helps the participants feel good about themselves...but also allows each other to learn by filming and also learn from others. In the end we all realise that none of use are natural actors...so it's a good way of sharing great content....creating a buzz in the twitter world and most importantly we can all have some serious fun.
Here is the latest #DezVideoChallenge I did with Dez himself. This was only done last week...so it's fresh off the farm....so to speak....
So back to my trip to Vegas and New York...and yet again more #DezVideoChallenge moments....click on the photo or the link below...which leads to you the video on twitter:
This video features: Jola (@JolaBurnett), Adam (@AdamRogers2030), Maria (@MissTalent86), Tricia (@TriciaKicksSaaS) and Avro...again! 😂
And another.....this time with Kevin (@Kevin_Jackson)
And another great favourite of mine.....this one was done the last few weeks with Keith (@KeithKeller) in Melbourne:
But don't take my word for it....check them all out on twitter....just search for #DezVideoChallenge of click on the link below:
"Hi everybody....as always I hope you're doing fantastic"....is a great opening for a brilliant new YouTube channel, that I recently discovered called Mentour Pilot. I love this channel, because you get to learn lots about real flying, planes and pilots, and the presenter is an active pilot himself. Check him out by clikcking the image below. Isn't the doggy cute....😂
But what has that got to with comedy......it's another source of learning.....just like comedy.
Yesterday.....I performed my 10th standup routine last night in Brisbane to a phenomenal crowd and felt really comfortable delivering my 6 minute set. Why did I start this comedy journey.....to grow....to learn and above all....have fun. When it stops being fun.....I'll switch to something less boring instead. Click on the image to see my latest Instragram pics...so I can share all the fun with all or you....😍
Everytime I stand on that stage....I pick up maybe 5-10 learnings every time. Things such as making eye contact with everyone in the crowd...using tone and accent to vary the delivery....walking confidently up to the stage and making sure I have a strong grasp of the mic....but last night I'd like to share 3 very personal learnings....that you can all take with you into everyday lives.
1 - Sit with the Crowd and Enjoy all the other acts (Gemba)
In Agile, we call this Gemba....which literally means the "place where work is done". In a manufacturing plant, it is the factory floor, in a hospital it is the wards and theatres, in a retail supermarket, it is the stock rooms and supermarket aisles....it's where the front-line workers experience the good and bad in a business. In comedy it's sitting with the audience.
Why is this important? 🤔
In comedy, you can tune into your audience....gauge their reactions to the other comedians and learn fast....so that you provide an entertaining set for your audience. You can feed off the jokes of others and see how people are reacting....it gives you a chance to tune-in and learn.
Below is a diagram from one of my Scaled Agile Framework courses...I've underlined the need to "get out of the office"....or "get out of the ivory tower" which is what Gemba is all about....click on the link to view our 2 day Leading SAFE course:
2 - Prepare a Detailed Script
Always go into a comedy routine with plenty of preparation. It might look like a casual conversation with the audience....but that's all part of the act and the art. Great comedians leave nothing to chance, outlining every nuance, every gesture, learning every word....until their script is memorised word and action perfect. I call this my foundation. It's like a house....I can now build on this on. 🏠
From here, I now have the confidence to line-up an opening joke using a reference from a previous comedian, or something I saw today on tv, or maybe even the weather. In other words, I can now improvise or try out new material. This worked very well in New York, being the token Aussie....and Melbourne....being the token Queenslander from a hot state. You can check out my New York set on YouTube here:
3 - The 60 Seconds before you walk onto the stage is the most critical
Soaking up the audience atmoshpere and then distilling that into 60 seconds is critical. I need to remember...I'm here to entertain the audience....not make them laugh. The best advice I ever received was 'NEVER....EVER....try to be funny". Sound counter-intuitive, but I'm not a professional comedian. Why would I put myself under that pressure. So I go out there to entertain. The laughs are a bonus. The more I focus on the crowd...the more laughs I get.
Also....people come to enjoy themselves, to have fun and escape for an hour or so. Let me help them with that journey. Let's escape together...for 6 minutes...in a unique world....the world of The Digital Coach...where fact is funnier than fiction. 🚀
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Feel free to reach out social media and provide your feedback. It's very much appreciated. 😎
Have an awesome week beautiful people....
G'day awesome people. This will be No.3 in my series on how to pass the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam. Today I'll cover serverless and devops, kicking off with a mindmap showing all the key Azure services that you'll need to know for the exam. Click on the diagram to go to my FREE flashcards too:
Or click on the link below for access to a whole range of FREE flashcards:
Let me start off by talking about what the terms serverless and devops actually mean...
What is Serverless?
A serverless service, is one where the cloud provider takes care of many of the infrastructure components for you. This includes the virtual machines, the operating system, the hypervisor and the physical hardware. It also includes the networking and storage relating to files or objects. However the exact scope does vary slightly between serverless services. The idea behind is serverless is that it allow developers to deploy code really quickly, at scale, requiring little or no infrastructure knowledge. The cloud provider handles all the technical details and ensures the infrastructure can flex as required.
All the developer needs to worry about is paying for the service. The way the service is billed, depends on the service itself. With Azure functions it is based on code executions. These executions include a free quota, which makes serverless very attractive. With Azure Container Instances it is billed on CPU and memory consumption per second. Also be aware that there maybe some additional infrastructure costs, such as Public IP addresses and storage. Always best to utilise the Azure Calculator, which you can find by clicking on the diagram below:
What is DevOps?
DevOps is a cultural-based movement, concerned primarily with bringing agile software development methods and practices to both the development and operations teams. This results in the dramatic speed increases of code releases with higher quality and less waste. The 5 core values for a DevOps culture include: Culture, Automation, Lean, Measurement and Sharing. The emphasis is very much on changing the habits of individuals and for leaders to lead by example. Organisations that are able to adopt DevOps practices benefit from improved talent retention and attraction rates, improved time to market on features, lower stress and higher engagement levels amongst employees, ultimating leading to culture of high performance.
The Azure tools outlined in the roadmap ultimately support the creation of a continous integration, continous delivery pipeline (CI/CD) which is the core paradigm in use for improving flow, feedback loops and encouring ongoing experimentation and learning within the teams. Below is an example of how the Azure DevOps tools can be used in a CI/CD pipeline:
Please reach out and let me know what you think of these resource and tools:
Hey everyone. Just a short blog following on from my Azure Cyber Security cheat sheet and flashcards. Here is another cheat sheet I created to help people pass their Microsoft Azure Fundamentals AZ-900 exam. This one covers all the key Infrastructure-as-Service (IaaS) components that form the foundation for the Azure Cloud Computing platform.
Click on the cheat sheet to go to the FREE flashcard set, that I've created on Quizlet.
At the top of the cheat sheet, you'll see the relationship between subscriptions, management groups and resource groups, as well as the hierarchy of locations. These concepts are important to understand, as it will be very challenging and time-consuming to change your architecture at this level.
The items in pink are basic services that help to manage, monitor and control costs around your IaaS layer. I've not listed evey single service, just the one's they are likely to test on, for the AZ-900 exam.
If you're feeling a bit anxious about taking the exam, then maybe a 1 day course will help ease your pain. I run them at ALC Training. Check them out by clicking on the opening collage, at the top of this post.
Please DM me on twitter, instagram or linkedin if you found this resource helpful. :-)
26/7/2019 0 Comments
This week I passed my AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam and I can tell you, it was a little tricky. In this blog post I'm going to share some of my resources, that helped me understand the range of security services that are available in Microsoft Azure.
Firstly here is a simple visual cheat sheet, that fits beautifully on a page. It outlines all the key security services. The only one missing is Network Security Groups (NSGs) and that's because in my taxonomy I keep these in my networking section.
The second resource I wanted to share, was a set of flashcards that I created on Quizlet. That provides a detailed description of each service, but also a useful link to the Microsoft Azure service documentation. This makes it easy to use the cheat sheet and the flashcards in concert.
Remember this is only covering the security component of the AZ-900 exam. I'll share and explore my diagrams relating to IaaS, DevOps, IoT, Serverless and Datastores in future posts....so stay tuned!
Paul Colmer is a digital coach for ALC training and consulting, with a real passion for learning and applying disruptive technologies. Paul has responsibility for building and delivering ALC's digital architecture strategy and the development and execution of a number of cloud courses, including Cloud Security (CCSP), Amazon AWS, DevOps, Microsoft Azure and Office 365.