Don Jones

Tech | Career | Musings

Jimmy writes:

Do you, or did you ever, feel like trends in IT are really just driven by fashion and trends? With that in mind, do/did you ever find yourself worrying that your trajectory with your career is heading/headed towards obsolescence? As someone who tries to pay attention to the news, trends, and the latest updates, I sometimes find myself feeling crushed by the information, constantly worrying about keeping my skills up-to-date, but simultaneously feeling like every job outside of working for a startup or in DevOps ends in a cul-de-sac.

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As I work on the 2019 Edition of Be the Master, I’ve decided to add a chapter on bringing Mastery, often in the form of mentoring, into the workplace. After all, our own colleagues are often the easiest and most obvious potential learners that we can serve, but there often are hurdles within our organizations.

So I’m writing a chapter specifically to address it. I’ll paste the draft below (pardon the Markdown formatting), and I’m very interested in your feedback. What do you feel it does not address, that it should? Leave a comment right here in the blog, and I’ll gather all that up as I continue to work on this piece.

Don’t worry about typos and such; this hasn’t even been through a cursory check, yet. I’m after substantive feedback on what this could additionally address to help you better.

Please respond by 23rd March 2018, in order for me to incorporate your feedback into my next draft.

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James writes:

I want to know more about the life of Don Jones. I’ve followed much of your work, and am quite inspired by your success and the path you’ve taken to get there. But I don’t know much about you beyond the technical side of things other than what I’ve read from Be the Master. I don’t mean to pry or get TOO personal here; just wondering what a week is like in the life of Don Jones. This is more so a way for me to gauge and then improve how I am balancing and spending my time. How early do you have to wake up or how late to go to bed in order to have time for work but also dedicate time to your family? You mentioned adapting to a gym routine – and how fo you fit that in to your day? Is there ever any time for recreational hobbies or things outside of your normal work routine you don’t have time for, etc.

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Categories: Life

Axel writes:

How come cmdlets don’t act the same – or better yet, why is the syntax for similar things different? When I run Get-AzureADUser -All, I have to append a boolean $true for it to work. I would expect the switch to return true, if I append it to the cmdlet in the first place. Comming from Get-MsolUser that is pretty frustrating and pretty hard to explain, when spreading the good word.

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Categories: Tech

Back in… jeez, 2015, which seems like forever ago, I started DSC Camp. At the time, Desired State Configuration was brand-new, and there were very few people actually working with it int he ran world. I wanted to get as many of those folks in a room as possible (it was about 15) for a weekend, and just brain-share what we knew.

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I’ve begun the long journey toward the 2nd Edition of Be the Master, slated for an early 2019 release. Yeah… a long journey, given that it’s a spare-time project.

For those of you who obtained the book on Leanpub, you’ll begin seeing the 2nd edition in draft form Real Soon Now, with periodic updates throughout 2018. The original 1st edition will remain available in Kindle and paperback format on Amazon.

If you’re interested in seeing the 2nd edition as it’s written, pick it up on Leanpub soon. The Leanpub minimum price will rise in March 2018. Prior to March 2018, Leanpub still has the complete 1st edition, which means you can download it and squirrel it away somewhere, so you’ve got a complete copy to work with versus the draft editions that will start appearing in March 2018.

The second edition will be released on Amazon for Kindle and paperback in early 2019.