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Employee Spotlight – Will Boyd, DevOps Training Architect

Posted on November 5, 2018 by OliviaOlivia

Our Training Architects have been hard at work to create 200+ new Courses, Hands-On Labs, and Practice Exams/Quizzes launching this month, including new DevOps training content! Meet Will, one of our DevOps Training Architects, to see what he’s up to at Linux Academy!

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1. What do you do at Linux Academy? 
I’ve been a DevOps Training Architect for 8 months.

2. What did you do before this? 
System Administrator with a DevOps focus at Liberty University. I came to Linux Academy for the opportunity to learn and teach new technologies.

3. What do you like most about what you do?
I like spending time working with new technologies and then transferring that learning to students.

4. What’s your favorite part of working at Linux Academy?Will Boyd
I like working with great people and great students who are excited about learning.

5. You recently released a new course, Kubernetes the Hard Way, can you tell us about it?
It’s focused on giving you a deeper glimpse into the inner workings of Kubernetes. It takes you step-by-step through the process of building your own Kubernetes cluster, so if you follow along you will have your own cluster at the end!

6. What are you most excited about in #thegreat200 release this month?
It’s great to see how much content we are putting out. It means our students are constantly getting more training content, and if there’s something else that they need to learn to advance their careers, we’ll create it and launch it soon!

7. How do you live out one of our core 5 missions?
Supporting others in their mission to learn and grow – From a very practical perspective, I try to spend time every day answering questions through the variety of communication channels we have with students. If they’re stuck on something, it can stop their learning process. Just the simple act of taking time to help them get moving again in their learning process can help them learn and grow.

8. What are you currently learning?
I’m working on getting my Kubernetes certification.

9. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to read and mess with technology. I also like to grow food, so I’ve been experimenting with automated hydroponics lately.

10. Favorite food
Shrimp gumbo.

11. Favorite quote and why?
“Get busy living or get busy dying” – The Shawshank Redemption. It encapsulates the idea that you should do something that has value rather than just letting life pass you by.

12. What’s something you’re really excited about right now?
I’m looking into getting a new truck.

13. What do you like to collect?
I have a ton of laptop stickers.

14. If you could have any superpower, what would it be, and why?
Teleportation, I like traveling but don’t like the process of getting there.

15. You’re a new addition to the crayon box, what color would you be and why?
Blue – It’s a good color.

16. Teach us something we may not know in 10 sentences or less.
Notes on a standard harmonica are set up in such a way that if you play any three holes at the same time randomly, they create chords (combinations of notes) that generally sound “good.” Since harmonicas are usually associated with blues music, the chords on a typical blues harmonica are the ones that most often get used in blues. You can buy different types of harmonicas that have different notes, but most of them are made so that any three consecutive holes will form a proper chord.

17. If you could interview one person (dead or alive), who would it be?
Leonardo da Vinci – There’s so much speculation about what that guy was really like.

18. What’s one thing on your bucket list?
Learn a musical instrument.

Check out Will’s new course: Kubernetes the Hard Way to learn how to bootstrap a Kubernetes cluster without the use of installers or scripts.

Kubernetes the hard way



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Adam Ulacha
1 year ago

I can really recommend Will’s courses – I like both his knowledge and his way to teach in a very clear and interesting way.

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