About Aaron Nichols

Aaron works with startups and small companies to help their development organizations move faster. He is presently the senior Operations Engineer at a startup in Boulder working on implementation of Continuous Deployment, automated monitoring & configuration management.

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Empathy in OSS – It’s Important

Spending nearly my entire working day (and many evenings) with Open Source projects I don’t maintain I have come to form an opinion or two on the use of OSS – specifically when ...
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Cargo Cult: Devops

We’ve been at this for a few years now, talking about DevOps & what it means to be a DevOps friendly (or insert your term here) organization. For much of this time I’ve held ...
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Why I Infracode

I’ve been involved in, and observed, some recent conversations which have me thinking about why I do what I do. Also, what exactly is it that I do? I was having a discussion about ...
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Good & Bad Patterns in Development and Operations

As part of my role at a new company I’ve been asked to provide feedback about structuring Dev & Ops as well as what sorts of things work and don’t. I certainly don’t claim ...
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Continuous Deployment: Are You Afraid It Might Work?

I’ve been wondering for a few years now, why it’s so hard to get companies to prioritize the work that I feel is important. I mean, I’m telling you how to do it and you aren’t ...
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DevOps is Culture – so is a lot of other stuff

I hung out in an excellent discussion at DevopsDays driven by Spike Morelli around culture. The premise was that DevOps started as an idea around culture – around behavior patterns ...
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Why do we insist on consensus on the role of Ops?

I’ve seen so many threads over the last few weeks about who should do what, why, and what you should do about it if you don’t conform. I don’t get it. Ops is a team in a company ...
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Give your developers prod access – it’s trust

This isn’t a new idea and plenty of companies already do this. I had a discussion with a co-worker about this last week and wanted to get my thoughts down here so I can laugh at them ...
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Establishing ownership in Ops Teams

I’ve been having some discussions about this lately so figured I would write something about the topic. Being a member of an Ops team can be pretty challenging at times. The job ...
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Embedding Ops members in Dev teams

For about 2 months I was sitting with a dev team while we worked through how to build a new service which will be continuously deployed. I wanted to share my experiences here because ...
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