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Don't get locked up into avoiding lock-in

Martin Fowler

A lot of software architects expend time and energy trying to come up with ways to avoid lock-in. Sadly many of these discussions miss important elements of how lock-in works - it's certainly not a simple binary switch. Gregor Hohpe , who's probably spend more time in such meetings that he'd like to admit, has written what I think will be an essential article on the topic. This first installment looks at the different varieties of lock-in.

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Create the Ideal Work Environment for Developers

The New Stack

David Rizzo. David Rizzo is the Vice President of Product Development for Compuware. He has more than 20 years of IT experience with roles in development, architecture and strategic planning.

3 mindset shifts for agile transformations


I have been involved in many agile so-called transformations over my, let’s face it, long career. And the more I get to do that the less I care about the word agile. Because agile is just a way to behave - it’s not an outcome. The outcomes are what we are after, the effects, the values. I’ve found it much more fruitful to discuss what those values are and means, than to argue whether Scrum holds up for scaling or not.

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Building Agile Teams and Handling the First Iterations

Gorilla Logic

In software development, we often find ourselves struggling with estimations and ever-changing scenarios. This causes delays in delivery or an increase in the overall cost. Fortunately, there are many best practices we can implement to help mitigate these problems.

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Production Excellence: Practical Lessons from Site Reliability Engineering

Speaker: Liz Fong-Jones, Principal Developer Advocate,

Modern software organizations build increasingly complex distributed systems with many moving parts. As senior software leaders, we often struggle with noisy alerts, grumbling between Dev and DevOps, slow incident resolution and many other related pain points. It’s hard to figure out what to do with this increasingly difficult problem, yet it’s clearly our responsibility to deliver features and production quality. We are excited to be joined by Liz Fong-Jones, who has a deep understanding of what it takes to implement SRE-type practices in many different kinds of organizations. She brings together a picture and set of practices under the umbrella of Production Excellence that provides a clear and practical plan for senior software leaders.

Organizational Open Space for Unleashing Innovation

Agile Alliance

Today’s pressure on companies from volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) as well as digitalization requires them to be innovative at all times.

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How to Get Around Technical Debt and Modernize without Causing Harm

The New Stack

Despite the somewhat misleading title, technical debt is not a debt in monetary terms, although it can result in a financial impact. In fact, technical debt refers to the by-products of a swift or incomprehensive software development and updating.

Article: The Death of Agile and Beyond

InfoQ Culture Methods

Agility as way of being for teams and organizations is crossing a critical juncture. In a very unique state of affairs, Agile is being adopted by organizations in various domains whilst many Agilists are expressing concerns that Agile has field.

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Accelerating Software Delivery Doesn’t Mean Compromising on Quality

Whenever we’re pushed for time and forced to rush, we know we’re entering an unspoken deal with the devil.

Improving the Sprint Review with Liberating Structures (Variant #1)

In this series of posts, we share our favorite strings of Liberating Structures for Scrum Events. In this post, we share the design for a Sprint Review. All the strings are freely available on this board in Trello.


Organizing for Customer Centricity

Speaker: Tatyana Mamut, Head of Product, Nextdoor

Most companies today say they are “customer centric.” Yet many still make decisions primarily based on competitor threats, technical architecture, or executive opinions. So what sets apart those that talk the talk, and those that walk the walk? Join Nextdoor's Head of Product Tatyana Mamut, PhD as she outlines the 7 habits of truly customer-centric companies.

Escaping the Tragedy of WIP

Agile Alliance

It is quite easy to say that we are drowning in work, and most business leaders accept the fact that they're trying to do too many things, too quickly, and not getting the impact they want. At the same time, they are confronted with coaches and advisers stating the obvious that they need to do less and focus more. Unfortunately, this is not useful, merely correct.

10 Reasons Your Top Talent Will Leave You

N2Growth Blog

Have you ever noticed leaders spend a lot of time talking about people only to make the same mistakes over and over again? Without question, your top talent will leave you if you fail to lead and take care of them. Few things in business are as costly and disruptive as unexpected departures.

Out of Date: Cloud Anti-Trends of 2019

Let’s talk about 2019 cloud tech anti-trends. A lot of those anti-trends are nothing but cloud myths, which are still widely spread and talked about. In this article, we’ll take a look at some anti-trends and try to understand where’s the myth part in them.

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How to avoid wasting money on under-used cloud resources


According to the research giant Gartner, we’ll spend $206.2 billion on the public cloud. That sounds about right. But, at the same time, according to the cloud resource management company ParkMyCloud, we’ll waste up to $14.1 billion in cloud spending. By a ballpark estimate, that means you’re probably wasting 6.8 percent of your IT budget […]. Cloud Uncategorized cloud strategy

The 5 Levels of Analytics Maturity

Basic dashboards used to be enough to thrill end users. But over time, modern capabilities have emerged—and bare-minimum features are no longer cutting it. How have analytics changed? And where do your BI offerings fall short? Find out sophisticated ways to future-proof your application. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Top 3 Takeaways from the State of DevOps 2019 Report


The 2019 Accelerate State of DevOps report was published last week. This report is produced by DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA) team, which recently joined Google Cloud.

Cross-Site Scripting (XSS): Web App Enemy Number One

The Crazy Programmer

Web applications are both a valuable resource for organizations and one of the biggest threats to their cyber security. Web apps are designed to be exposed to users via the Internet, allowing them the convenience of interacting with their accounts via their browser.

Weighing the Cost of Improper DevSecOps

Simply put, data breaches are terrible news for companies. And, the costs associated with such attacks continue to escalate. A recent IBM-sponsored report found an average price of 3.92 million per breach.

Using Troika Consulting to illustrate the difference between Coaching and Mentoring

. . Being a Scrum Master requires to take many different stances and approaches when working together with teams and individuals. Two of them that are probably used most are “Coaching” and “Mentoring”. Choosing consciously between those stances is something that we cover in our PSM courses.

Walk a Mile in Your Customer's Shoes

Speaker: Steven Haines, Founder and CEO, Sequent Learning Networks

Product professionals use phrases like "voice of the customer," and "user experience" so often that it can be easy to lose sight of their actual meanings. How can we, as product professionals, learn to keep customers and users at the heart of our work? Join Steven Haines, globally recognized thought leader and author, as he guides us through a memorable journey demonstrating how you can walk a mile in their customer's shoes. He'll explore how, by developing true empathy for your users, you can ensure you're creating the features and products they actually want.

4 Different Approaches for Kubernetes in the Enterprise

The New Stack

Twain Taylor. Twain began his career at Google, where, among other things, he was involved in technical support for the AdWords team. His work involved reviewing stack traces, and resolving issues affecting both customers and the Support team, and handling escalations.

Is our Past a Prologue for a Post-Bureaucratic Agile Management Revolution?

Agile Alliance

As the agile movement closes in on two decades, we have much to celebrate: team based agile is the software development norm across the world, adoption of scaled agile methods is growing as well, and business agility is now a thing. In this Age of Agile where we seek to apply agile principles and practices to entire enterprises, can our past be prologue for an amazing future Agile Management revolution? If so, how can we extend agile from IT teams across business units end-to-end?

Challenges of Big Infrastructure Monitoring

The growing complexity of today’s IT reality is indisputable: Software is becoming more complex, and the infrastructure it runs on is equally so.

The 3 People That Stand In Your Way Of Business Success (And How To Move Them Aside)

Terry Starbucker

For every person that can help you on your way to personal and business success, there are many more that can do just the opposite – serve as big barriers that make the task that much more challenging.

Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

Think your customers will pay more for data visualizations in your application? Five years ago they may have. But today, dashboards and visualizations have become table stakes. Discover which features will differentiate your application and maximize the ROI of your embedded analytics. Brought to you by Logi Analytics.

Why Software Testing Shouldn’t Be as Boring as ‘You Know What’

The New Stack

Tricentis sponsored this post. Wolfgang Platz. Wolfgang is the founder and chief product officer of Tricentis. He is the force behind software testing innovations such as model-based test automation and the linear expansion test design methodology.

So…You Want To Submit To Be A Speaker

Agile Alliance

If you’re like me, you’ve submitted lots of abstracts to conferences (including this one) and been disappointed to be on the list of those not selected. Your idea was solid. Colleagues supported you through the submission process. And it wasn’t enough to be on the short list of speakers. I submitted for years before getting some quality mentoring on my submissions. Then, some knowledge from Sharon Bowman improved how I wrote learning objectives.

Aspects of Machine Learning on the Edge

Machine learning (ML) is hard. Making it work within the confined environment of an embedded device can easily become a quagmire unless we consider, and frequently revisit, the design and deployment aspects crucially affected by ML requirements.

8 Benefits of Unit Testing

Dzone - DevOps

Originally published Jan. 18, 2017. If there were ever a time to compartmentalize. As we write a lot about Agile , CI , and TDD , we had to mention unit testing. This time, we will talk about what unit testing is, why it is part of Agile methodology, and the main benefits of using it.

How To Take Action on Customer Discovery

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

We all want to build successful products - and that means satisfied customers. Before anything else, you must understand what problems you can solve. The best way to do that is to get out of the building and start asking questions. But how can you make the most of those conversations, and ensure that you walk away with productive insights? Join Nick Noreña, educator, entrepreneur, and currently Innovation Coach and Advisor at Kromatic, as he covers how we can effectively action our findings from customer discovery conversations.