Hello, 2020!

It’s the start of a new year, and for me it’s the start of a new adventure. As I posted on Twitter:

In case you didn’t know, the VMware / Pivotal merger closed on December 30. The merger makes a world of sense, and I am genuinely excited for my Pivotal colleagues as they embark on a new journey with Tanzu.

I will forever be grateful for my time at Pivotal. I worked with amazing people across most of Pivotal’s product areas (Cloud Foundry, Greenplum, Apache Geode / GemFire, and PKS). Along the way, I learned and grew so much. However this post isn’t about my time at Pivotal, it’s about what comes next.

As we start the next decade[1] and I come up for air after 7 years of not getting out much, I wanted to take some time to explore before diving headlong into something new. Although I truly do not know yet where my adventures in 2020 will take me, there are a few things I do know.

  • There will be naps. I wasn’t kidding about that. I have napping places set up all around my house. I’ve missed naps.
  • I’ll be getting out a little bit more than I have been in the last several years. I still won’t be on the conference circuit per se, but I’ll definitely be at Agile Testing Days in Chicago in June. I’m really looking forward to it. ATD is one of the finest conferences around. They always have great a great speaker lineup and put so much heart into creating an inclusive and fun atmosphere.
  • I’ll be experimenting with making content for VR.

On that last point…

If you follow me on Twitter you’ve probably seen my tweets about my Oculus Quest. VR is my new hobby. I’ve been tremendously enjoying consuming content for VR (apps and videos). Now that I have some time, I want to try my hand at creating content. For now, it’s just for fun, and nothing I would want to share. However, enough people have asked me about what I’m doing with VR, what apps I use, etc. that I figure this blog is a good place to share. So watch this space…

[1] Thank you @11rcombs for pointing out ISO 8601 section 4.11. Zero-based numbering for the win.

(Note: I’ve disabled comments on this blog because I just don’t have the energy to moderate them. Long term, I don’t know if I’ll be turning comments back on, or just engaging with folks in other ways. For now if you want to engage with me about this post please reach out on Twitter.)