Sat.Nov 16, 2019 - Fri.Nov 22, 2019

California Consumer Privacy Act Looms Large


The U.S. doesn’t have a federal comprehensive privacy law like the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), but the legislatures in individual states have been moving to fill in the gaps by passing their own statutes to provide privacy protections to their residents.

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Article: 13 Practices for Better Code Reviews

InfoQ Culture Methods

When done incorrectly, code review can be irritating, excessively time consuming, and have little or no impact on code quality. However, if done well, it can improve the quality of code and reduce the overall time spent delivering features.

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The Road Ahead for Security, DevOps Transformation

Qualys hosted its Qualys Security Conference 19 this week in Las Vegas. Hundreds of attendees from around the world have gathered at the Bellagio hotel to learn more about the current state of cybersecurity and what the future has in store.

Bliki: ExploratoryTesting

Martin Fowler

Exploratory testing is a style of testing that emphasizes a rapid cycle of learning, test design, and test execution.

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.

5 guerrilla tactics for a DevOps-resistant organization


So your development team wants to start using DevOps, but the ops team has dug in its heels, the infrastructure team is throwing up roadblocks left and right, and management is oblivious to the whole disagreement? DevOps, DevOps Trends, App Dev

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Help – It’s Not a Dirty Word!

N2Growth Blog

With a new year staring us right in the face, I thought I’d dust off an old post as a useful reminder for leaders planning the year ahead – “ help ” is not a dirty word. I have always believed asking for help is a sign of maturity as a leader. I think John Lennon said it best: “I get by with a little help from my friends.” ” So my question is this – are you easy to help?

A Simple Way to Guide a Complex Topic: Culture


Creating company culture is the basis of every good organization. Today’s post is by Jesse Newton, author of Simply Work (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Culture is a bit of nebulous topic. There are many different definitions and approaches for identifying and evolving culture.

The Edge of Test Automation: DevTestOps and DevSecOps

Dzone - DevOps

Don't push me 'cause I'm close to the edge. The state of software development is evolving rapidly as software developers and testers have started moving to DevOps.

Great Leaders Give Direction Not Directions

Next Level Blog

A few weeks ago, I opened a post with a story about one of my favorite questions for leaders, “What is it that only you can do?” Since then, I’ve asked that question again in one of my last keynotes of the year and got an answer back that was so clear and succinct that I just had to share it with you. The answer I received back from an executive in the room is actually the title of this post, “Great leaders give direction, not directions.”

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.

Pre-mortems, steering clear of the rocks.


Are you worried your new project won’t be successful? Or afraid getting stuck applying these new techniques you just learned in a training? Or are you perhaps part of a very pro-active organization, but is a lack of focus crushing all new initiatives in the long run?

Non-functional Requirements: Examples, Types, How to Approach


Imagine that you’re buying a motorcycle. What would it be? Is it supposed to reach a maximum speed of 170 miles per hour and not to fall apart? Should it hold at least two adults with an ability to expand the seating space? And let’s not forget about the security systems.

Avoid These Infuriating Phrases in End-of-Year Feedback

Let's Grow Leaders

For most managers, the only thing they dread more than going to their own end-of-year performance appraisal is holding end-of-year feedback discussions with their team. Because the performance appraisal system is unnatural by design. Imagine if we burdened our home relationships […].

The Phoenicorn Project

The Unicorn Project is the sequel to the ground-breaking book The Phoenix Project. Most people know the story about Bill the IT manager at Parts Unlimited, who is tasked with fixing a derailed IT project or having his IT department outsourced.

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.

Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) vs DevOps: What’s the Difference?

Daffodil Software

Software Reliability Engineering and DevOps are two sought after disciplines, trying to maintain a balance between the software engineering and operations team. Since both approaches seem to sort similar problems, there is confusion if they are similar or can be used interchangeably.

The Collaborator (A Preferred Product Owner Stance)

What is a Collaborator? We all know them; Tiger Woods, Christiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, and LeBron James. Some of the best sports players in the world and they are all recognized for their great individual performance as an athlete.


Critical Vulnerability Found in Docker Copy

The New Stack

Unit 42 , the threat intelligence team at Palo Alto Networks , has released research on a proof of concept for what the company claims might be the most severe Docker copy command (“ docker cp”) vulnerability yet to be discovered.

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Why Integrated Infrastructure Is the Key to IT Success

At first glance, your IT infrastructure might seem like your house’s basement. It supports everything, but you don’t pay much attention to it or spend much time or energy trying to make it beautiful.

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.

Introducing ksqlDB


Today marks a new release of KSQL, one so significant that we’re giving it a new name: ksqlDB. Like KSQL, ksqlDB remains freely available and community licensed, and you can […]. Application Connector Management Event Streaming KSQL ksqlDB Pull Queries Release Stream Processing

The Subject Matter Expert (A Misunderstood Product Owner Stance)

What is a Subject Matter Expert? The Subject Matter Expert or SME is the expert in telling you how stuff works. Product Owners that favor this stance are a blessing and a curse.


Why Database-as-a-Services (DBaaS) Are Do or Die for Today’s Cloud

The New Stack

MongoDB sponsored this post. Andrew Davidson. Andrew Davidson Andrew Davidson, a Silicon Valley native who lives in New York City, is the director of cloud products at MongoDB with a focus on MongoDB Atlas, MongoDB’s global database as a service.

5 Best Practices for Feature Flagging

Feature flags, also known as the feature toggles, are important concepts in the field of DevOps. They have been around for a long time and have been used continually by developers for their convenience.

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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 the dark web works: What your security team needs to know


The dark web is a destination where cybercriminals use electronic means to communicate about and traffic in stolen data. They often use the Tor network, black markets, and underground forums, and they arrive using myriad standard communication tools allowing ease of use and privacy.

The Project Manager (A Misunderstood Product Owner Stance)

The Project Manager is typically concerned with day-to-day progress of the Development Team.

Looking at the Manager’s Manager: Instana and Rancher

The New Stack

Portworx sponsored The New Stack’s coverage of KubeCon+CloudNativeCon North America 2019. When something goes wrong, you don’t just need access to logs. You need the whole picture.

Operational Excellence and the Success of Software Deployments

When we talk about best practices for software reliability, the conversation tends to focus on optimizing the applications themselves and the infrastructure that hosts them. The driving idea is reliability must be baked into system architectures and infrastructure from the beginning.

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.

Leading with Gratitude

N2Growth Blog

At N2Growth, we aspire to practice what we preach when it comes to taking care of each other and caring for our clients in a way that is unparalleled. As we look ahead to the upcoming holiday season and ringing in the New Year, we reflect over the past year’s opportunities for growth, learning, and overcoming. While doing so, we realized there is a key ingredient in leading that is embodied in our values and our work: gratitude.

The Gatekeeper (A Misunderstood Product Owner Stance)

What is a Gatekeeper? The Gatekeeper is the single point of contact between the Scrum Team and the outside world. The Gatekeeper tends to block all connections between the Development Team and its stakeholders; all communication goes through him/her.


Oracle Launches API Gateway, Kafka Streaming, Logging for Oracle Cloud

The New Stack