To be, or not to be decisive.

Submitted by kattekrab on Sun, 15/03/2020 - 11:26
Illustration of the Corona Virus by Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS published by the US Center for Disease Control

Decision making is hard.  

I often worry if I'm making a good decision, or a snap judgement. 

6 reasons I love working from home (The COVID19 edition)

Submitted by kattekrab on Fri, 13/03/2020 - 13:34
A flu virus might look something like this, or it might not.

There's an itchy tickle in the back of my throat.

I saw a doctor. She confirmed that yes, I probably have an upper respiratory viral infection, and no, I probably don't have COVID19. As I've not been overseas, or been in contact with anyone confirmed to have the novel coronavirus strain causing this global pandemic, I don't need to be tested.

For now. 

Doc says rest, fluids, and stay at home.  The usual prescription for colds and flu. But if it gets worse, or doesn't improve in a few days, come back and get another check up.

Red Hat, Red Heart.

Submitted by kattekrab on Mon, 08/07/2019 - 22:10
Photo of the signed and painted canvas of the Uluru Statement From the Heart

This week, I'm in Brisbane participating in the solemn Red Hat ritual known as NHO: New Hire Orientation. I will receive my Red Fedora. I'm excited.

It's also NAIDOC week. For those that don't know, NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islander Day Observance committee. It's grown to become a week long celebration of first people's stories, achievements and ongoing resistance in the face of a colonial, genocidal denial of their existence, and their rights.

Intersections and connections

Submitted by kattekrab on Thu, 13/06/2019 - 07:07
Red Hat Open Innovation Labs - Gears, Potions, & Lightbulbs!

Not quite 2 months ago, I joined Red Hat as an Engagement Lead in the Open Innovation Labs.

It's the beginning of a new journey.  I feel a bit like I'm stepping carefully in to a rowing boat. I'm being mindful, and cautious, so as not to overbalance. I don't want to tip arse over tit into the river.  So far, it's been fun, interesting, perplexing, and exciting. At times I've felt utterly joyful, at others, overwhelmed by doubt I could do what I said I'd do.

Now migrated to Drupal 8!

Submitted by kattekrab on Sat, 20/04/2019 - 22:08
Drupal 8

It was easy!

Ok - I did have help from cafuego, so there's some bits of the process that were just magic to me.  But once I had access to the environments, I enabled the migrate modules, and followed instructions on and hey presto it was done!

I did need to do manual clean up - re position blocks into differently named regions, and recreate some menu items for taxonomy.

I also got stumped for a bit about why I could no longer free tag, but that turned out to be a simple setting change.

What does a Business Analyst do?

Submitted by kattekrab on Tue, 22/01/2019 - 16:57


by Donna Benjamin

I recently passed a milestone in the journey of my career. I've now spent over two years as a formal "Business Analyst" or "BA" here at Catalyst IT. In actuality, I've been a BA for a lot longer than that. Running my own business for 20 years meant I was performing the tasks of business analysis with every client, on every project. I just didn't have a name for it back then.

So what is Business Analysis? And what do Business Analysts do? I am so glad you asked.

Let's start with some definitions.