Don Jones®

Tech | Career | Musings

This morning on PowerShell.org, I posted an article about the new team that will be running that organization. I wanted to take some time here to explain what’s happening with my non-DevOps Collective work.

As I explained in the other post, my career’s been shifting fairly significantly over the past couple of years. I accepted a Vice President position at Pluralsight, and I’ve been moving into business leadership and strategy – and loving it. Truly, it’s endearing me even more to the company because I’m enjoying it so much.

But that does mean I’m disconnecting from the nitty-gritty details of PowerShell, Windows, and other technologies, and focusing more on helping develop my team, the products we work on, and so on.

So you’re going to be seeing a lot less – like, basically zero – PowerShell content from me. Seriously, I don’t even know “what’s new” in v7. Learn Windows PowerShell in a Month of Lunches and Learn PowerShell Scripting in a Month of Lunches remain alive at Manning under a brand-new author, as both Jeff and I step away. The PowerShell Scripting & Toolmaking Book will continue mainly under Jeff’s guiding hand, while The DSC Book, frankly, will probably see no further updates. I’m not even sure what the future for DSC itself looks like, so perhaps it won’t be a big deal.

The PowerShell books I wrote on Leanpub will remain online; most are “pay what you think they’re worth” and PowerShell by Mistake is completely open-source, with proceeds benefitting The DevOps Collective. All of the free ebooks I wrote for the Collective remain available for free, and are open source, although I won’t be updating them any longer (someone else is welcome to).

My Microsoft Courseware Marketplace course, 55039BC, has already been turned over to new custodians and will remain available to help people learn PowerShell scripting in a really advanced, lab-heavy way.

My 15th Microsoft MVP Award, for the 2018-2019 cycle, will be my final one, and I’m incredibly proud to have stuck with it for so long. I wish all the best to my friends and colleagues in the MVP program, including all the other ones who’ve moved on over the past decade and a half.

Finally, I’m pretty much all-out on technical conferences. I’ll present a keynote at PowerShell + DevOps Global Summit and/or DevOps + Automation Summit, if I’m asked, and I’ll always drop in on DevOps Camp if asked, but that’s it. I may make time once a year for a user group MeetUp, provided it’s at a time and place where I’ve got ulterior motives for going, like visiting family or going to a theme park or something.

So what’s ahead?

I’m incredibly focused on my job. Pluralsight is doing truly wonderful things, and if you think that’s just because it has a few thousand technology training videos, you’re missing more than half the picture. It does have tons of videos, but it also helps companies actually manage the skills of their entire team on a continual basis. It’s helping kids in underdeveloped countries learn tech skills that will eventually set them up for an amazing future. And we’re partnering with some of the biggest tech companies on the planet – like Google and Microsoft, to name-drop just two – to help people not only skill up, but also maintain their tech careers. I’m personally helping to lead an effort where we partner with tech conferences to record their session content in our platform, helping them save tons of money, preserve their content, and helping our customers “keep up” with our industry. It’s a blast. 

I’ve very much enjoyed writing less-technical books like Be the Master, Instructional Design for Mortals, Let’s Talk Business, and The Culture of Learning. Those are all on my Leanpub page, they’re all “choose your own price based on what you can afford,” and they’re books you should definitely make time to read. I’ll probably continue doing titles like that from time to time.

And topics like Be the Master have turned out to be so helpful to people, that I’m likely to do the occasional workshop (including online ones). Watch Twitter for those details, or check back here every so often.

My fiction books are also proving to be a lot of fun, and are being very well-received. They’re accessible from my Leanpub page also, and completed ones (like Alabaster and A History of the Galactic War) are available on Amazon, Kindle Unlimited, and so on. I plan to write lots more fiction, and I hope you’ll consider picking up a book or two to see what I’m doing. If you’ve liked my technical writing, I think you’ll enjoy the fiction stuff as well.

This blog will go from semi-regular to regular and back again as my schedule waxes and wanes, but it’ll be very much what you’ve been seeing in the past couple of years: a lot of career stuff, business-y stuff, and random bits that caught my eye.

As I wrote in the PowerShell.org post, working in the Microsoft IT Ops community has been a thrill for the past 20+ years, and I hope some of you will find the time and interest to drop by this blog now and again. You ladies and gentlemen have absolutely been the highlight of my life. It’s been treating working with you and for you, and I’m going to keep right on doing it – just in a less technical way. I’m not retiring (I think I’ve got 20 years or so left), but I’m definitely shifting to something new.

Thank you. 

Have a great week!

 

4 thoughts on “Time for a Change

  1. Manoj Nair says:

    I understood PowerShell through your books, I was inspired to be a Pluralsight author watching your courses. I …. there are plenty of Manoj’s out there who are forever in debt to you for your amazing contribution to the IT Ops community. Your career is even more inspiring as you have proved that hard core techies can lead and give direction to a business. Thanks for all that you have done and hope you do even better in years to come.

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  2. manojnair19 says:

    I understood PowerShell via your books. I was inspired to be a Pluralsight Author watching your courses. I… there are plenty of Manoj’s out there who have done amazing things in their career by your teachings. Your career from an Techie to leading a business is truly inspiring. I wish you all the best and hope you do even better in years to come.

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  3. Gabriel says:

    Don, you did an awesome job for the community, and as a Pluralsight subscriber myself, i’m sure that you are still going to make an impact in a lot of people. Thank you buddy!

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  4. Don, your work on PowerShell changed my career forever. I don’t even know if I’d still in IT if I didn’t find your books and videos. You gave me a whole new perspective on managing computers and I bring automation to my job _every day_.

    I wish you luck in all of your work.

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