Starting a new job can be daunting. Attending your first KubeCon is certainly overwhelming. Starting a new job at a fast-paced startup, at KubeCon, while your suitcase has gone missing between Paris and Valencia was… memorable. When I decided to join Isovalent, I thought it would be extremely convenient to have my first day coinciding […]Read More KubeCon EU 2022 Wrap-Up
Networking is a hereditary thing for me. My mum worked for France Telecom – the national service provider – and my brother studied networks at university and started his career as a network consultant. It was incidentally his fault I ended up doing networking. He once left me a heavy training book and recommended I […]Read More Why I joined Isovalent
A few years ago, I was trying to understand why a certain profession was so reluctant to change. I read some academic papers on metathesiophobia (fear of change) to try to understand better how to address it. I wanted to understand what made people in this particular line of work so afraid to change any […]Read More Network engineers: will you ever dare to change?
I recently recorded two career sessions for VMware User Groups – you can find below the recording of the one I co-recorded with Katherine Lightner. As I mentioned on Twitter, Katherine and I have been promoted or have had successful internal job transfers 8 times in the past 3 years. That’s not including all the […]Read More How To Take Ownership of Your Career in 10 Easy Steps – VMUG session
I’ve recently been fortunate to participate in a Virtual Reality meeting pilot kickstarted by our IT department at VMware. This post will walk through my experience as an early adopter. When lockdown started here in the UK, I didn’t expect that I would go 6 months (and counting…) without a face-to-face meeting with a customer […]Read More Virtual Reality Meeting – the future of remote meetings?
Published on the VMware Office of the CTO Blog on 25th June 2020: https://octo.vmware.com/nonprofit-connect/ The post was co-written with the amazing Michelle and walks through some of the work we’ve done at VMware with a number of non-profit organizations. If you work with such organization and want to hear more, please contact us on the […]Read More OCTO Initiative: Nonprofit Connect – Amplifying Impact with VMware’s Nonprofit Customers
The day I started my career back in February 2005, my first and new boss introduced me to a colleague (who himself had only been there for 6 months) and said: “He’s going to be your mentor and show you the ropes.” I followed my mentor around for a couple of months, pestered him with […]Read More Mentoring, Coaching and Sponsoring – why you need to get some and give some
As I entered the lift, the little girl stepped behind her mum. “Why are you scared, honey?” asked the mother. The terrified little girl pointed her finger at me and said: “Because the man is black.” “What can I do?” That’s probably the question I’ve heard the most over the past few weeks as we […]Read More Being a Black Man
If you want to help fight against coronavirus but don’t know how to contribute…well, read on. It turns out we all can do something (beyond staying at home and washing our hands!): we can give away our computer processing power to research to understand coronavirus better and design therapeutics to address it. Now, I’m not […]Read More Folding at Home and how to make a (tiny) contribution to coronavirus therapeutics research
On a very different topic… and with a huge amount of focus on remote work with the coronavirus outbreak, we thought it would be relevant to share our manifesto and guidelines on making remote meetings inclusive and effective. The article was co-written with Katherine Lightner and published on her blog: How to be Inclusive When […]Read More How to be Inclusive When You’re Meeting Remote