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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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Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Organizational Open Space for Unleashing Innovation

Agile Alliance

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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.


2019 State of Engineering Performance Management Report

More than 100 software leaders were asked how they manage and measure engineering performance. How do the findings stack up to your own experience? The report includes the top engineering challenges and the most used performance metrics.

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.

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.

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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Communities of Practice Rules To Improve Your Company Knowledge Capital

Luis Goncalves

So you’ve heard about Communities of Practice? If not check read “ Communities Of Practice “! It’s just the most natural way to harness the inner genius of your team.

The Definitive Guide to Predictive Analytics

By embedding predictive analytics, you can future-proof your application and give users sophisticated insights. The Definitive Guide to Predictive Analytics has everything you need to get started, including real-world examples, steps to build your models, and solutions to common data challenges.

Bringing GPU Virtualization to Analytics, AI and HPC

Dell EMC

NVIDIA vComputeServer software is now available with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, provides GPU virtualization to speed analytics, AI and high-performance computing. There are 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created each day including 16 million text messages!

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.

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.

Find Out What Makes Communities of Practice Successful

Luis Goncalves

You’re probably sold on the idea of having Communities of Practice in your company. There’s just so much to it that you couldn’t pass the chance of assimilating this framework into your company culture. In this blog post we will explain what makes communities of practice successful.

An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

Speaking Up: How to Foster a Courageous Culture (A Whitepaper)

Let's Grow Leaders

Is your team speaking up to share ideas, best practices, and advocate for your customers? “Why am I the only one who finds these issues? What’s wrong with my managers? Why can’t they see this stuff and fix it?” ” “We’ve got so […].

Top 3 Takeaways from the State of DevOps 2019 Report


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.

How to avoid wasting money on under-used cloud resources


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.

How to Capture Best Practices in New Hire Orientation

Let's Grow Leaders

When it comes to new hire orientation, most companies focus on clarity. “This is how we roll, welcome to the team,” with an emphasis on values, vision, and “how we do things around here” policies. And if they’re really on it, maybe they’ll […].

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.

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.

Why CIOs need to build cloud culture to drive digital transformation


If you're a technology leader at a global enterprise, chances are you're thinking about digital transformation in 2019, or you are already transforming.

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

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.

Build with Confidence: A Guide to JUnit Tests


In an age of continuous delivery, Java developers have to be confident that their changes don't break existing code, hence automated testing. There's more than one valid approach to it, but how can you keep them straight

Radical Transparency in DevOps and ITSM Helps Achieve Excellent Customer Experience

Here’s what I’ve noticed after spending several years in service management: DevOps is coming up more in the conversations I’m having with service desk leaders. Usually, these conversations start with one of the similar questions: DevOps is going to be the death of ITSM, correct?

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