Virtual Design Master 5 – 2nd Place Winner Adam Post Q&A

Continuing with our 3 Virtual Design Master finalists, here is the Q&A correspondence I had with Adam Post, our 2nd place winner.

Throughout the season Adam showed awesome engineering and architecture skills! His documents are at the highest standards, techie, with great diagrams. He addressed a lot of architecture concepts and requirements/constraints/assumptions/risks mapping. Congratulations Adam for making it to 2nd place!

  1. What was the best thing about the Virtual Design Master experience for you?
    I have been a fan of the program for some time, so just being a part of it and meeting the people responsible was a great experience.
  2. What was the hardest part for you?
    The conclusion. Definitely. 
  3. What are your top 3 takeaways?
    Architecture, Architecture, Architecture. 
  4. What was the challenge you struggled the most with and why?
    Challenge 4 was the most challenging, by far. Actually constructing, configuring and troubleshooting all of the required services involved much more effort than was expected. 
  5. What would be your recommendation for future VDM’s candidates? Any study and learning tips you can share with the community?
    While the list of tasks to be completed as part of a challenge can be daunting, it’s important not to develop tunnel-vision as you work through them.
    Be sure to take a step back periodically and ensure the architectural aspect is also being handled properly. 
  6. What unknown tech you had a chance to work with you enjoyed the most?
    I was introduced to Terraform during this process and definitely plan to make use of it in the future. 
  7. What are your future plans? How would you leverage the new knowledge you acquired?
    Part of my motivation for joining the competition was to see if pursuing the VCDX would be feasible.
    While my performance here wasn’t perfect, if I put the effort in and make the needed improvements, I think it is achievable. That’s enough for me to work with. 
  8. Which mascot was your favorite?
    Megaman is a longtime favorite so it’s good to see that he made an appearance

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