Recap – June Meet Up @ Atlassian



We had a blast at Atlassian! –Thanks to Coyote and his team for hosting and also for the tasty pizza and salad :).

Here are some highlights:

Macbrained had an amazing panel to discuss “What It Takes ( Beyond the Terminal Window).” The panel consisted of Jason Bush, Justin Elliot, Andrina Kelly and Rich Trouton (brief bios below).

The panel answered a variety of questions, including:

  • The importance of teaching others to help with career growth

  • What has been the most important non-technical skill?

  • How can you learn “soft skills?”

  • What do you look for when interviewing a senior IT level candidate?

  • How to maintain a work/life balance?

  • How do you balance your time between projects and tasks – things you need to do immediately versus things that are planned?

  • Does a degree matter – experience vs. education?

The panel answered these questions in a myriad of ways but a quick synopsis of their answers are:

  • Teaching is important to help your career growth, especially if you want to take vacations.

  • Most important non-technical skill, soft skills

  • Method’s to learn soft skills, treat others as you wish to be treated and think of helping people as helping your parents with their computer.

  • When trying to become a senior level IT candidate, The panel looks for motivation and passion towards learning and performing their job duty.

  • Does a degree matter, yes and no. Many of our panelist do not have a degree in IT or computer science however they have succeeded in IT. A degree is not essential however without a degree some of the panelist may not have been exposed to computers or the terminal.

These are we few a of the panelists recommendations:

You can watch the panel in it’s entirety here

Jason Bush – Jason has been using Macs since the late 80s. He began doing Macintosh system administration over a decade ago. During his career Jason has supported Macs in a variety of different environments, including education, government, small business, and corporate.

Justin Elliott (@justindelliott) has been working in the Mac IT industry for over 20 years and is currently an IT Manager at Penn State University. He’s been a Mac OS, OS X and Linux systems administrator, developer, and IT Manager over the years. He is one of the founders of the Penn State MacAdmins conference and

Andrina Kelly – Andrina is focused on streamlining and integrating systems and processes that support the work of software development and deployment at Bell Media, Canada’s premiere multimedia company, where she is manager of Development Operations. She has spoken at MacSysAdmin, JAMF National Users Conference, Apple’s WWDC, Macworld IT conferences, Mac Networkers Retreat and Canada MacExpo. Andrina is also an avid triathlete. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband Ian and her Duck Tolling Retriever, Mackenzie.

Rich Trouton – Rich has been doing Macintosh system and server administration for over a decade and has supported Macs in a number of different environments, including university, government, medical research and advertising.

Macbrained is proudly sponsored by JAMF Software


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