Review of Test-Driven Infrastructure with Chef

Test-Driven Infrastructure with Chef
Bring Behavior-Driven Development to Infrastructure as Code
By Stephen Nelson-Smith; O’Reilly Media, Inc.

This is a review of Test-Driven Infrastructure with Chef, I picked up this book as I was wanting to learn more about using chef in my job as a Systems Engineer. We were just getting started with deploying chef into our infrastructure.

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Hacking Company Culture with Hubot

This weekend, several of my coworkers and I set out on a mission to hack our company’s culture.  If you don’t already know, my company Next Jump has a very unique culture that is tuned around a simple concept.  Better Me + Better You = Better Us.  Much like Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs, where you must meet physiological needs before you care about higher level needs like safety, love, esteem, and self-actualization, this concept believes that a stable foundation must be built before you can succeed at the higher tiers of personal growth.  The company believes that to reach success, we must start by investing in our people and making them better (Better Me).  After doing this, our people will invest in each other and pay forward this debt by helping grow those around them (Better You).  When our people are growing personally and helping others, everyone begins to grow and succeed (Better Us).  One way Next Jump practices this is through our annual Hackathon.  Employees are encouraged to form teams with others that they do not normally work with and then choose a project of their own fruition to challenge themselves to make a product that pushes an edge to the extreme within 41 hours.  That is from 8pm Thursday night until 1pm Saturday.  This year the winners of the challenge will get two weeks to work on their projects full time to complete their vision.

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