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CCDE 2012::17

nothing to add and nothing to take away - after a lot of frustration I’ve made it. at the same time, I feel the path was needed because I’ve learnt a lot. maybe not about the technology itself, but about the use cases and ‘whys’ of using it. you can listen about CCDE on the upcoming Cisco Forum 2013, and I’ve written about CCDE already. the newest, second version of the exam is simpler and I believe better polished. Read more →

“…or die tryin’” or how failures help us grow

there’s a lot of wisdom in books, presentations and trainings covering “how to achieve success” (however we choose to define it). this can be applied to working with people, managing them - or companies. one of great books helps reader achieve the success by simply structuring it in a simple, three-step program: decide what you want to achieve prepare plan, that will help you achieving what you want execute the plan simple, isn’t it? Read more →

ccde the way it should be :)

i’ve had a opportunity today to take the CCDE exam in London again. accompanied by two fellow SEs and one of the engineers working for Cisco Partner in Poland, we’ve took our chances. and it’s definitely better - feedback works. out of 6 scenarios you work only with 4, split statically by 2 for before and after the lunch. questions are more to the point, and there’s less of text to look for information from. Read more →

ccde #2

I’ve took a CCDE practical earlier today, and for the second time I’m pretty clueless how it went, however I have a strong feeling that it was similar to my first take: no go. this time I’ve spent 7 hours, not 5, to do the test, however most of the time I was trying to answer questions based on the small set of information provided. again I’m under strong feeling, that the set of information was not enough to judge on some of the questions, not to mention the effect Russ White describes as “you’d be confused for the whole time”. Read more →

CCDE, or how to design a network… or six of them

today I’ve met CCDE exam heads-on in London. it’s a new one at the Expert level, focusing on designing and redesigning of the networks - according to the virtual needs of virtual customers. after the Networkers CCDE presentation delivered by one of the authors of the CCDE program - Russ White - it’s hard to expect anything different than what they say. it’s very focused on “why”, and “how” is touched only in some generic terms. Read more →