Tag: SoftSkills

  • Effectiveness – Network Truths, Principles and Fallacies

    I recently gave a 13-minute talk to the Irish Network Operators Group (INOG).  In this talk I argue that you can become more effective, and a happier engineer by standing back and reflecting. The talk discusses how you work –  with reference to some great truths, principles and fallacies. I introduce The twelve networking truths…

  • Network config backups – just the beginning

    An emergency switch replacement can ruin your day. However, having network config backups is not enough. Restoring full service may not be as easy as just copying the running configuration from your RANCID CVS repo, or your colleagues hard drive. Restoring the ‘identity’ of your original switch is a multi-step and somewhat complicated process.

  • Planning projects instead of burning benjamins

    Engineers are often unstuck by poor planning and get hit with large financial penalties as a result. Projects can become mired in delays and complications due to unforeseen costs and expenses. There are some unavoidable bumps in the road, but most could be foreseen and eliminated in advance. I want to share a few tips based…

  • Career – Zen and the art of network maintenance

    Getting Zen ‘Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance‘ by Robert Pirsig is a modern classic.  When I first read this book I didn’t quite get the zen I was looking for. But then again maybe I was trying too hard which isn’t very zen-like.  It is a wonderful book and although I missed many…

  • Career – But I'm doing you a favour

    Network engineering can be really frustrating sometimes.  Sometimes the root cause is technology, sometimes it’s broken process or poor systems.  Mostly, the frustrations stem from interaction with humanoids, otherwise known as people.

  • Spiral & mastery learning

     Spiral Learning I recently attended a curriculum night for my eldest son who is starting 2nd grade.  The teacher talked about a learning method known as ‘spiral learning’ and that the kids would continue to cycle through a range of topics in each subject, revisiting each topic at a deeper level later in the year.…

  • Be judged or be ignored

    Photo By Lestat (Jan Mehlich) under Creative Commons   Being judged is tough but valuable I have wanted to start a network engineering blog for quite some time. I had a long list of  reasons as to why I hadn’t started yet. I wasn’t sure what my colleagues would think. Did I have enough material?…

  • Career – Effectiveness and trust

    As a network engineer, you take pride in your hard earned skills, and so you should.  You’ve learned how to design networks. You’ve learned how to install, upgrade and configure routers.  You’ve figured out how to sniff out and fix faults.  If you study your craft and hone your technical skills then you deserve to…