Romania Travel Tips

Patrick Turner Cluj, Culture, Travel

As many of you know, I’ve been to Romania a few times. OK, I’ve been a lot. I love the country and I consider Cluj my second home. I get a lot of questions about traveling to the region so a few years ago I wrote these travel tips and I keep them up as things change. It includes everything …

A Developer’s Job Security Paradox: The Risks of Choosing a “Safe” Career

Patrick Turner Career, Culture

It’s debated so often, psychologists should call it the Developer’s Dilemma: do I choose the stability and stagnation of a product-focused company, or the risk and variety of working for a services firm? There are only two options to choose and yet both feel like polar opposites. Oddly though, each answer somehow feels equally smart, equally stupid, and equally satisfying. …

I’m an IT outsider

Patrick Turner Culture, My Story, Outsourcing

I’ve written in the past about Shadow IT. In the IT world, it’s just simply a dirty word. It’s also something I’ve somewhat made a career out of. My first “real job” was at a big company that, like all big companies, had a tough time figuring out how to use the limited time, money, and resources at their disposal. …

5 Home Automation Challenges

Patrick Turner Home Automation

I’ve been into Home Automation for a few years now and, while I’ve had a blast doing it, and love showing off my automations to guests when they come to my house (insert wife’s eye roll here) I still know that I can’t volunteer to help anyone with their setup. It’s just too flaky. Devices are still often challenging to …

How I Got Started, or Why I love Radio Shack

Patrick Turner Culture, My Story

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time at the Radio Shack. I loved the Radio Shack. They had a battery club back then so you could get free batteries if you had a little punch card. Funny thing is I don’t remember what I used the batteries for but I can vividly remember getting them from the …

Email Newsletters Aren’t Dead

Patrick Turner Culture, Digital

Like most of you I sit in front of a computer most of the day, and when I’m not there I’m often staring at my phone. The logical way to consume news would be through websites, which I certainly do. And I find myself in front of the Apple News app regularly now that it’s on the Mac since it’s just …

Speaking at the Volvo Business Analysis Professional Development Day 2018

Patrick Turner Agile, Culture, DevOps, Speaking

I’m pretty excited that our customer, Volvo Trucks, has asked me to speak at their upcoming event titled Business Analysis Professional Development Day 2018. From their flyer: During this Development Day, the development, challenges, and required skills of the 21st century Business Analyst will be examined. Andrea Tetto, (SVP Commercial Support) will highlight the business needs and the impact the …

Why DevOps Is All About Teamwork, Not Tools

Patrick Turner Culture, DevOps

The Problem Developers aren’t in touch with the business or the delivery process. QA doesn’t know what to test, how to test it, or where to test it. Operations isn’t sure how to deliver software and doesn’t know what’s coming. And all three treat each other as adversaries, when they should collaborate. DevOps is the breakthrough you need to foster …