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Article: Empathy is a Technical Skill

InfoQ Culture Methods

Empathy, like software, is a deeply technical topic that can challenge you in the best way while making your life richer and more rewarding.

Investing in Career Growth & Team Development – Advice From 3 Engineering Leaders


As engineering managers and leaders, our job of course is to help our teams deliver value to the organization and its customers. That’s our sprint-by-sprint purpose in a nutshell. Yet from a higher level, our role is to ensure that both engineers and teams continue to grow and develop. With an eye on the long-term health of our teams, our engineers, and our companies, that latter responsibility is at least as critical as the products we deliver.

Scrum by Example – Team Friction Inspires Working Agreements

Agile Pain Relief Notes from a Tool User

Team Building Mental Models

TL; DR: Team Building Mental Models. Team building has always been a challenge, not just since the advent of agile frameworks and the resulting emphasis on self-organization, engagement, and achieving a valuable objective.

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.

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Why Integration Tests won’t save you… or your software


Did the title tease you? Great, job is done! Today I will tell you my story about Integration Tests; it came after another knowledge share lunch with my pal Kenny.

If You’re Only Transmitting You’re Not Influencing

Next Level Blog

As I’ve written here before , effective leadership communications involves two distinct activities – transmitting and receiving. You can think of it like a two-way radio or a smartphone. They only work when they both transmit and receive. For your leadership communications to be inspirational and influential, you need to do both as well. Too many people in leadership roles overemphasize the transmission and underemphasize the reception.

Leadership Drives Digital Transformation Success

When it comes to near-term survival, organizations know they are fighting for their digital existence. Still, despite 80% of organizations moving forward with their digital transformation efforts, very few have experienced the heights of success they hoped.

Metrics Matter: The 4 Types of Code-Level Data OverOps Collects


All the data in the world means nothing if it’s not the right data. But when it comes to delivering reliable software and troubleshooting issues, what is the right data?

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.

Can a Development Team Member Be the Scrum Master?

“Can a Development Team member be the Scrum Master?”. This is a common question in my Professional Scrum classes. It often comes up early when we are still learning the basics of the Scrum framework.


How To Remain a Balanced Leader

N2Growth Blog

Most high-performing leaders concern themselves with that which other people value most and if they do it well those leaders usually climb the corporate ladder fast.

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Why DevOps Implementation is Often Unsuccessful – and How to Fix It

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Who is Full Stack Developer: Role Description, Skillset, When to Hire


Airlines, insurance companies, healthcare providers, small companies and global software vendors, and even online churches publish job postings looking for “passionate, talented full-stack software developers” to join their teams.

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.

Moving Motivators: what really motivates you?

At a previous work place, we had copies of Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo. The book provides tools and practices that you can apply while managing an organization. We were curious to unpack a couple of the mentioned practices.

How reference architectures create new possibilities for DevSecOps


Adding security controls into a DevOps pipeline is a challenge on a good day.

Three Insights from the World’s Leading IT Organizations

IT is in a state of change on a consistent basis, but never more so than now. With the increasing importance of the digital customer experience across all industries, technology is at a new inflection point in how it can fundamentally impact executive priorities.

How to Hold a Team Mastermind Problem Solving Meeting

Let's Grow Leaders

Nothing beats a great mastermind group to challenge your thinking, spark new ideas, and help you grow. Most of the time, we think of these mastermind groups as people from different organizations with similar levels of ambition and experience who meet to […].

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.

My Journey as a Scrum Master

Let’s start with a word of warning. This can be considered as a long article. To help you out, I divided the article into two parts. The first part contains my personal journey in becoming a Scrum Master, the second part includes recommendations for new Scrum Masters.


Measuring CI/CD Adoption Rates Is a Problem

The New Stack

Two years ago we noted that not all developers use CI/CD as “only” 42% of a Digital Ocean survey were using continuous integration/continuous deployment (CI/CD).

The Impact of DevOps on Database Monitoring and Management

The rise of DevOps has broken down silos and brought database administrators (DBAs) and application developers closer together to deliver software faster and in a more agile manner.

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Minimizing Switching Costs in Software Development

Professor Beekums

I’ve written previously about the dangers of high switching costs in software development. Being dependant on a third party is a huge risk. You are vulnerable to the whims of another company, including astronomical price increases.

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.

Crafting a Good Sprint Goal - Learning From the City of Pisa

Scrum is a goal driven framework. And that is what I really like about Scrum. If I can summarise Scrum Guide into one sentence, it is about delivering an increment that meets the Sprint Goal. A Sprint is not about matching our previous velocity, although velocity might be useful in certain cases.


Hosted private cloud: Key benefits and drawbacks


A recent Gartner report claims that 28% of spending in key IT segments will shift to the cloud by 2022.

Shifting Zero Trust Left with Cloud Native Software

The New Stack

Gadi Naor. Gadi Naor brings 15 years of experience in leading the development of cybersecurity products to his role as CTO and co-founder of Alcide. Gadi has blended his management and technological background in various positions.

2019 Scrummer Reading List +


2019 Scrummer Reading List. It’s that time of year again - and our annual reading list is back with a twist. For 2019 we’re expanding the suggestions from the Scrum Inc. Team to include podcasts and even some TV shows. We’re hoping to add your suggestions to the list.


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.

Increase Code Maintainability with React Integration Testing


Integration tests provide a lot of value considering the time and effort required for testing. React integration tests improve code maintainability, yet they don’t slow down development.

How to hack your web API with negative testing


Software may be taking over the world, but web APIs are taking over software. Behind nearly every SaaS product and web application is a web API. These APIs control everything from your banking transactions to which videos you like.

Context: Reversing Conway’s Law for Superior Service Management

The New Stack

Welcome to The New Stack Context , a podcast where we discuss the latest news and views from the cloud native community.