Roll call: 5 questions for...Steve Arnold
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Rational community roll call...that has a nice ring to it. Let's do it!
So, the first person we're calling on is Steve Arnold, an IT Specialist for Rational software and the author of this week's featured article. He lives in Twickenham, London with his wife and 5-year-old daughter. Besides time spent with his family, he has studied, practiced and taught Tai Chi for more than 14 years.
Our first questions was: "What are you up to?" Steve's enthusiasm for his work captured us instantly:
I've just finished delivering enablement to my European colleagues on Rational Design Manager, and the new features coming later this year, and I'm really looking forward to sharing some of the new capabilities with customers in the coming months. I'm also really excited by the sudden increase in interest around DevOps and continuous deployment -- and pleased that one of Rational's 'hidden gems' has a chance for bit of limelight.
With that kind of excitement, we crumpled our original draft of questions into a ragged paper ball and followed his lead:
2) What do you mean by "hidden gems"?
I just mean that not many people know about our capabilities in this space, yet it can potentially have huge value, and help solve some big customer problems.
3) Did you learn anything from writing your article and, if so, what was it?
It really helped me to formalise and mature my thoughts on the big benefits this kind of approach can bring to an organization.
4) What books have influenced your ideas and thoughts the most?
Ivar Jacobson's "Object Oriented Software Engineering" as it set me along my current career path (nearly 20 years ago). I'm currently reading "Bounce" by Matthew Syed, which is pretty inspiring for helping to understand the power of practise.
5) Who is your hero?
My father, who died a few years ago, for his hard work, love and practical approach that shaped my attitudes to life.
With all of this expertise and enthusiasm, it is no surprise why he is the author of Make continuous deployment practical and cost-effective with Rational ALM tools, our featured article this week on the developerWorks Rational page.
What are your major challenges with regard to setting up continuous deployment? Let us know in the comments below.