Hey 👋. I’m Matt.

I love connecting with technology communities to develop products and organic content to inspire open source adoption.

Communities I’m a part of:

I work hard to connect and contribute to a broad range of communities of practice. Grouping in order of recency, that includes:

  • Kubernetes, Open Source (the OSI, GitHub, and CNCF), and Developer Relations
  • Python programming language and Go programming language
  • DevOps (via the monitoring & observability sub-tribe)
  • Virtualization (especially VMware), Infosec, and Storage (especially EMC and NetApp)

Communities I’ve Helped Build:

Projects I’ve Contributed To:

I often open small PRs as I work through new problem or as a way of saying thank you to a project. That’s led to contributions to Kubernetes, the CHAOSS community, iPython, Chezmoi, this Notion wrapper for Linux, Slack API Tutorial, Go GitHub library, Slack Go library, Leeroy from Docker, Awesome Maintainers, The Lita project, Homebrew, CHAOSS project, the CNCF Landscape, and many more. I also consulted behind-the-scenes for Exercism and continue to recommend joining their community because I ❤️ them.


Some of my more popular articles are off domain, like The right and wrong way to set Python 3 as default on a Mac. Here are some more:

Community Metrics: What’s the ROI of Stickers?

To start this series on metrics off right, an aside is needed.

The Value of Community Metrics

What does it look like for Community to be a quantifiable value to a company?

How to Use Markdown Everywhere

I haven’t always loved plain text syntax. Once I embraced git as the langua franca of IT Operations, I knew that made Markdown required knowledge.

Lessons in Culture from KubeCon 2017

The themes that left me thinking how this community will change our industry.

I Have a Maiden Name

An exploration of surnames, beliefs and actions. I married my wife on May 29th, 2016.

The Open Source Monitoring Stack at Staples

Snap has led to a collaboration with the Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) team at Staples.

Introduction to ad hoc telemetry with Snap and Grafana

What makes Snap different? That’s the right question to ask and one I answered hundreds of times in the last couple weeks.

What I mean by “Telemetry”

Snap is titled “the open telemetry framework.” I’ve been focused on getting us all comfortable using Snap, but I (rightfully) keep getting asked the bigger question.

The Guts of Tasks: How Snap Runs

My last post dug into the how-to of running Snap. The steps are worth outlining as we continue to get familiar with the project:

Snap’s first GUI is Grafana!

Snap has been a beautiful CLI-based tool for 4 months now.