My name is Michael Hedgpeth, and am a Cloud Engineering Executive Director at NCR, living in the Boulder area. I work to bring technical and business stakeholders together to form a common platform for success. I do this primarily in three ways: (1) through a deep and regular commitment to learning, (2) by motivating others around me to have the courage to do what they know must be done for success, and (3) by consistently aligning a solid strategy with the reality of every day.

I haven’t posted regularly in a while, but hope to change that.

Top Posts

My top 5 most visited posts are:

  1. Your First DevOps Project where I lay out how to get started with DevOps tooling
  2. Policyfiles where I talk about how we run chef with Policyfiles
  3. Policyfile Attributes where I lay out how to make attributes work with policyfiles
  4. Cookbook Development With Rakefile where I walk through how we build cookbooks with Rakefiles
  5. Chef Vault Tutorial where I walk through how to use Chef vault

In addition to the ones above, some of my personal favorites are:

  1. Life is Art, on how one’s approach to life should be well considered
  2. Failure Masquerading as Success, where I talk about real success and counterfeit success
  3. Orchestration Maturity Model with Chef where I outline the various phases one can go through with orchestrating a Chef run
  4. Test Kitchen: Required, not Optional one of the things I wish I could have taken back from my first year with Chef is my underutilization of Test Kitchen.
  5. Speaking I’m very proud of speaking in the community and have included links on this page so you can watch a talk or two that I’ve done.


I grew up in Arlington, TX with three brothers in an LDS home. My parents and community taught me the value of hard work, education, and community. We never had a lot of money, but my mom and dad always instilled in me the value of making a difference and leaving a legacy. The values they instilled in me live on in me and are a constant source of guidance for me.

After high school I stayed local and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems. I graduated four weeks before 9/11 and got a job as a Java programmer at a small workers compensation case management firm just five days before 9/11.

If you remember those times, during my sophomore year in 1999 everyone was going to be rich, during my junior year in 2000 everyone was going to be employed, and during my senior year in 2001 everyone was going to end up unemployed. It was a crazy job market but I bought the best suit a credit card could buy and was fortunate to have people believe in me.

Two and a half years later I ended up at Radiant Systems (later NCR) and have been there ever since. The people I have worked with at NCR have changed my life for the better in so many ways.

My wife Annie is my secret to success. She’s creative, hard working, intelligent, and beautiful. She works as a Software Engineer at HashiCorp so our partnership in life is deeper and more exciting than it’s ever been.

I have three boys and yes that’s crazy. It’s kind of strange how they just latch onto every one of my behaviors, even the bad ones. But they do and we are all growing through it. Just the other day we were taking a picture and the boys weren’t smiling. So I said, “Say poop” and we had the perfect picture. Poop seems to be the magic word for funny when you’re a kid.

I’m seeking a life of meaning. I want to grow to be the best person I can be. Part of that journey must be shared with others. I hope to find like-minded people who can help others find their way to a life that meets their goals on a deep and meaningful level. I hope you will join me.


You can contact me or by following me on twitter.


This is my personal blog. The views I express here do not necessarily represent those of my employer, NCR.