DevOps: In IT world, DevOps means Development Operations. The DevOps is the bridge between the developers, the servers and the infrastructure and his main role is to automate the process of delivering code to operations. DevOps on wikipedia: is a software development process that emphasizes communication and collaboration between product management, software development, and operations professionals. DevOps also automates the process of software integration, testing, deployment and infrastructure changes. It aims to establish a culture and environment where building, testing, and releasing software can happen rapidly, frequently, and more reliably.
What are specific Things to do to build more diverse technical teams?
1. Start at the junior high school level in poor neighborhood by helping schools to teach minority kids how to code.
2. Help set up computer labs in junior high school in poor neighborhoods so that kids who cannot afford the equipment can use the lab.
3. Start coding challenges with prizes in those high school neighborhood and make the kids feel confident about their abilities.
4. Get successful minorities entrepreneurs to host the kids and give them tours of their companies and offices and projects to inspire them.
5. Give internships to minorities kids starting in high school.
6. For the kids in senior high school who missed early adoption to coding, speed them up with after hours coding classes to prepare them for college.
7. In college, make the minority kids feel welcome. Try to make them part of all activities ( computer related or not).
8. For the kids in senior high school who missed early adoption to coding, speed them up with after hours coding classes to prepare them for college.
9. In college, make the minority kids feel welcome. Try to make them part of all activities ( computer related or not). Help find internships from top IT firms (Google, Apple, IBM, etc.) for minorities.
10. When minorities start working after college, welcome them in the team and trust them. Don’t just invite certain kids to dinner and golf. It makes minorities feel unappreciated and unwanted.
11. Give minorities the same opportunity of advancement at work with other employees.
12. Inclusion, inclusion, inclusion in every aspect of the company is the key.
Assess the progress of your efforts and adjust. Make sure that team leads or managers are open minded people and make it a priority for them to build diverse teams, because in the long run, it will be a win win for the company
Tricks and Tips: How to stay healthy as a software engineer or IT professional?
I am a software engineer like you and by my second year I started feeling the unhealthy behavior of sitting down and coding for long hours.
Below are the steps that I took:
Avoid sitting down for more than 1 hour without getting up for a walk.
Stand up for 15 minutes every hour to code.
Take multiple short walks outdoor during working hours.
Avoid elevators unless you have no choice, use the stairs to go up and down if your office floor is lower than the 5th floor.
Avoid drinking sweet drinks or too much coffee during work hours.
Avoid eating chips or almost anything while working.
Instead of spending long hours reading manuals and documents on your computer, print them out, then take a walk and read them somewhere quiet while standing.
Stretch often while working (extend your legs, arms, rotate your neck).
Take short breaks of 2 to 5 minutes every 2 hours to read something different from your main topic. It can be news, sports, entertainment, or anything else you like. I read or write on Quora during my breaks.
Change your position frequently and don’t hesitate to stand up at your desk from time to time while working.
Make sure that your chair is always comfortable. Don’t hesitate to upgrade or get a better chair if necessary.
Here are the steps that I took to stay active and healthy:
I volunteer to organize soccer and basketball games every week via Home – Djamga – ShowUpAndPlaySports
I walk regularly at lunch time, and try to get as much sunshine as possible.
I visit a chiropractor once a month to adjust my back and neck.
I visit a certified massage therapist regularly to work on my neck, back, hamstrings, and feet.
I visit a pedicure clinic once a month for a good pedicure and foot massage.
I eat a healthy diet of mostly vegetables and fish (mostly salmon).
I drastically reduced the carbs in my diet. Every morning, I take one cup of coffee or tea with no sugar or milk and a small cake. Then, I am covered until dinner time. In the evening, I have a large meal of vegetables and fish, usually salmon.
I drink plenty of water.
I don’t drink alcohol or smoke.
It is very important to sleep well; sleep at least 6 hours per day.
You spend about 25% of your life in your bed, there you need to invest on your mattresses, pillows, bed furnitures and upgrade them regularly.
After adopting these habits, my efficiency came back. I was able to work as hard as when I was a student . I even lost weight!
Now, I can go toe-to-toe with young players and students in their twenties on the soccer field. I easily work more than 60 hours per week and still have enough time to play with my kids and enjoy a fulfilling life with my family.
I highly recommend these life-changing habits to all IT professionals and engineers so they can remain healthy and effective as they get older and busier.
I have been playing soccer or football ever since I could walk. I played everywhere, in the streets growing up, in High school, in college, everywhere I go, I always figure out a way to play the beautiful game.
I also work as a Software Engineer and I started ShowUpAndPlaySports in 2009 to help people play pick up games in Calgary,AB, Canada. I then recreated the experience a few years later in Edmonton, AB, Canada. I started with 3 players and I now have more than 2400 players and counting in both cities.
Hard working professionals need to play team sports to stay active, network and just enjoy the beautiful games.
I was surprised how hard it was to find a pick up games in most cities in North America. So I decided to fix it.
After creating 2 successful Organized pick up sports league in Calgary and Edmonton, I wanted to help everybody in the world to find a place to play anytime. I have therefore created the App Djamga to do just that. You can use Djamga to find the following Pick Up or Drop in games around the world: