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I believe the best products are engineered on teams where the values of empathy, kindness and — most importantly — respect are held above all other contributions. 

Most of my work focuses on DevOps and the human side of tech. I believe the biggest challenges facing tech aren’t technical, they’re human.

I am a keynote speaker, the author of DevOps for Dummies (Wiley, July 2019) and curator of — a site dedicated to all things JavaScript in the month of January. I work as a cloud advocate at Microsoft.


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DevOps embraces a culture of unifying the creation and distribution of technology in a way that allows for faster release cycles and more resource-efficient product updating. DevOps For Dummies provides a guidebook for those on the development or operations side in need of a primer on this way of working.

Inside, DevOps evangelist Emily Freeman provides a roadmap for adopting the management and technology tools, as well as the culture changes, needed to dive head-first into DevOps.

  • Identify your organization’s needs

  • Create a DevOps framework

  • Change your organizational structure

  • Manage projects in the DevOps world

DevOps For Dummies is essential reading for developers and operations professionals in the early stages of DevOps adoption.


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I’m interested in the human side of tech.


In my spare time, I'm a competitive powerlifter.

No, I'm not big and burly. But you'd be surprised at how many "normal" people show up to a powerlifting meet.

Powerlifting is hard work. There's no way to cheat. Your success in the sport is determined by how many hours you spend moving iron at the gym.

I've learned a lot on the short walk from the chalk bucket to the platform. Those lessons have formed the foundation of my work ethic. 

My value system is based on 10 basic principles.

  1. Always show up.

  2. Smile, even on the bad days.

  3. Work consistently toward one goal.

  4. Appreciate slow progression.

  5. Learn from others.

  6. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.

  7. Setbacks are part of the journey.

  8. Ask for help when it's needed.

  9. Never, ever give up.

  10. Deeply value collaboration.



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