Nach einem Organigramm und einer großartigen 1-Jahres-Geburtstagfeier, wurde es Zeit, den nächsten Schritt hin zu einem professionell aufgestellten Unternehmen zu gehen: Wir haben seit heute einen eigenen Personalchef – und der ist zu allem Überfluss bis gestern noch Betriebsratsvorsitzender gewesen…
Vor einem Jahr gründeten Michael Dombek und ich, Karsten Samaschke, die Cloudibility. Wir hatten einige Ideen und Erwartungen in Bezug darauf, wie sich unsere Firma entwickeln soll und was wir unseren Kunden anbieten wollten.
Die schlichte Wahrheit jedoch ist: Wir lagen sowas von falsch damit!
A year ago, Cloudibility was founded by Michael Dombek and me, Karsten Samaschke. We had some expectations in regards to how we wanted to grow the company and what we wanted to offer to our customers. Truth is: We were plain wrong!
It’s beginning of August – and today two new members of our Cloudibility Team start their journey with us. And, additionally, two others, who joined in July, need to be introduced as well.
Chris is a very skilled and talented Security Engineer, which is into DevOps approaches and -technologies, such as Ansible, ELK, Grafana, etc., as well. He will allow us to put even more focus on Cloud Security and Security processes. Welcome on board, Chris!
Sven is an experienced Project Manager, with a lot of knowledge around processes and ITIL. He will be working as DevOps Manager, utilizing his experiences in classical and traditional processes in order to learn from them when setting up agile DevOps processes. It will be a challenge for him, our customers and ourselves in each other projects, since he knows both worlds. We like that and are happy to have him with us!
Pratibha started working for us mid-July. She is DevOps engineer, has experiences around AWS and Azure, as well in automatizing processes and tools. She immediately impresses with her knowledge and open mind. We are glad to have her in our team!
Rahul is an experienced Java engineer, who joined us mid-July at the same time as Pratibha. He is currently working in our test department and does very important work for something yet to be announced. We love, how he takes responsibility and learns about new approaches and processes!
Is that all? No!
We will have another four people joining our company in August and beginning of September. We’re so proud of each of them, since they are hand-picked and bright minds, without any exception.
I love that company!
I said this quite often during several projects over the last years – and often directed to persons being „difficult“ with regards to discussing hard, having different opinions, contradicting a Product Owner or an Architect with thoughtful arguments. This is something you will have to accept, even if it is hard to do so. And it is exhausting, it is stressful working with such people on a day-by-day basis.
But, I changed my mind.
Or, to put it differently, I am now in a position where I want to have such characters around me. Here at Cloudibility, we want persons having their own ideas and their own minds, we want them to contradict us and to proove us to be wrong.
We want to have such minds around us. Of course, they will have to stick to our rules of respect and culture, they will need to be compatible with customers and the team. But besides this: Have your own mind, contradict, improve, overtake us!
So, we are looking for the Crazy Ones:
Are you one of them?
Ok, I get it. You do DevOps.
- Because you shut down your VMs at night. Automatically.
- Because you have a Jenkins-installation.
- Because you are moving to a cloud environment.
- Because you have set up a „DevOps“-team.
- Because you have a lot of meetings with stakeholders.
- Because you want a Development team to run a software since the approach is often described as „You build it, you run it“.
- Because you know about this nifty image on top.
Turns out: No.
You don’t do DevOps.
You just shut down your VMs at night, you just happen to have a Jenkins-installation, you’re just moving to a cloud environment, etc.
But this is not DevOps. At least not in the sense we at Cloudibility understand it and explain it to our customers and set it up with them. To us, DevOps is not about any specific technology or setting up a team.
DevOps is a mindset.
It is an approach to thinking about, developing and running software collaboratively. It is about the way you interact from the start to the end of a project with each other. It involves getting rid of this „throwing over the fence“ mentality. It involves a process for collecting and maintaining knowledge in an ever-changing team and agile approaches to development and operations. It is about the way a team is set up and how it evolves, it is about the way we set up and execute operational processes. DevOps even is a way to organize collaboration in a whole company.
And, DevOps is a culture.
So, DevOps is way more than putting Dev and Ops on the same table. Or than moving into cloud environments. Or than being agile. Way more.
In the following months and weeks, I will give you insights into our approach to DevOps. I will give you some tips and hints. I will help you to see the whole picture. I will do this on a per-issue and per-aspect base, and it will be a loose series of articles.
At Cloudibility, we are currently growing enormously – by mindset, by knowledge, and by headcount.
Last week, our team was expanded by three bright minds (in no particular order:
Sandra was a Developer once (and a very good one!) and decided to opt for DevOps. She has very strong development skills and is able to transfer this into DevOps-territory. She likes working with CI/CD-components, ELK / EFK and Kubernetes. And from time to time she will be giving presentations and trainings and speeches. She joined our team as Senior DevOps Engineer.
Ronny has a profound knowledge in DevOps-technologies as well as Kubernetes. He is doing deep dives with technologies such as Linux, Docker, Ansible, Teraform, Vagrant, Virtualization (VMware, etc.) and many more. He has joined our team as Senior DevOps Engineer.
Emilie is part of our sales team. She as an impressive track record of sales even in difficult environments, can handle customers and partners and is a very positive person. She has joined our team as Sales Manager.
Guys, it is so great to have you with us!
We have the best team in the world. Period.
I’ve never seen a team being that committed. That focused. That inquisitive. That eager to learn. That funny. That great.
Team, I am so proud of working with you!
Next week, we will start our expansion. I mean: We will really start it. Three new Team-Members at the beginning of the month. Two more in the middle. One more beginning of August. One more at mid of August. One, two, three perhaps beginning of September.
But: I am not afraid. I know, that we already have a great team and we will continue to be one. We looked carefully at the new colleagues‘ character and found them to match the team in culture and commitment.
Sandra, Ronny, Emily: Welcome!
You will be part of Cloudibility, you will shape us and you will grow with us. And I am very confident to count you in next time when I write about the:
Best. Team. In. The.World.
Just a short fact: As of now, we have around 70% of women and only 30% of men here at Cloudibility.
Of course, this is just a snapshot since the figures might change, as around 70-80% of all employees in IT are men – but it also depicts a fact: We are open to everyone.
We want to have the bright minds, not the bold muscles (although we do not have a problem with muscles at all – I personally try to convert some fat into some muscles for years without success at all, but this is a different story…).
We have established (and we can not live without it) a culture without glass ceilings, we want all of our stuff to have the same chances and opportunities. We want all of our stuff to overtake us in terms of knowledge and experience, we want all of them to stand by their opinions, discuss them, change them, renew them and grow together. We have no issues in being challenged and we want all of our stuff to bring everything on the table – as long as it is done with respect and openness to the other side’s arguments.
There are some things, we do not tolerate, though: Domination patterns, for example. Or this elbow-thing. Or ignoring a „Stop!“, regardless of the issue. Or when someone simply decides instead of explaining. Or the good old „we always did it that way“ approach.
So, will we be able to keep that 70% ratio? I doubt it but we want this spirit to grow and this culture to be everywhere in our company.
And we want to have even more women as employees. We want them to take responsibility and to prove all the prejudices wrong. We do actively look for women, we do hire them by intent.
And, BTW: We hire men as well. ?