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Jun 15, 2020

In today’s episode, Steve Hickman is joining the podcast! Steve is a 25-year veteran of the software industry who has built many software systems in a variety of environments. He first started out as an individual programmer, became a Director of Development, and is now in an executive role overseeing many developers. Previously in his career, he was also the Director of Technology for a major school district in TX and oversaw technology for the private industry.


In their discussion today, Steve and Jeffrey are taking a look at what the software world looks like in the context of school districts K-12. Steve shares his experiences and thoughts on what testing and deployment look like from a school district’s perspective, the unique struggles school districts face in the software world, whether or not K-12 has gone through Cloud adoption, challenges when it comes to security practices that are essential in a DevOps environment in K-12, and more.


Topics of Discussion:

[:38] Be sure to visit AzureDevOps.Show for past episodes and show notes.

[:48] About the recent Microsoft Build Conference and The Azure DevOps Podcast.

[1:36] About today’s episode with Steve Hickman!

[2:10] Jeffrey welcomes Steve to the show!

[2:16] Steve speaks about the unique struggles school districts face in the software world.

[3:17] Jeffrey and Steve speak about their history together.

[4:25] Steve speaks about what has changed over the last 2 ½ decades in school districts regarding software.

[8:46] What do software groups normally look like in K-12?

[10:56] A word from Azure DevOps Podcast’s sponsor: Clear Measure.

[11:23] Jeffrey shares some quick announcements.

[13:12] On the topic of testing and deployment, Steve speaks about some of the common similarities that are common between school districts and small businesses.

[16:24] Steve speaks about the differences between HIPAA and FERPA from a development perspective.

[18:24] Steve speaks about some of the challenges when it comes to security practices that are essential in a DevOps environment in K-12.

[20:10] Has K-12 gone through Cloud adoption? Are they fully on the other side of that curve?

[27:18] Steve gives his advice for those working in a school district on how they can apply some of the key advice from today’s conversation!

[28:38] Jeffrey thanks Steve for joining the podcast!


Mentioned in this Episode:

Azure DevOps

Clear Measure (Sponsor)

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