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Article: Appreciation at Work

InfoQ Culture Methods

As organizations across the world are experimenting better ways to sustain their employees’ engagement, appreciation and recognition programs flourished, in the last five years, among the best if not the tool of predilection for making employees feel valued.

Monkeys and Rocks with Matt Greenberg

Marcus Blankenship - Podcasts

Episode 19. If a friend asks you to help them move something heavy, like a rock, you probably wouldn’t think twice.

Continuous Delivery for Machine Learning

Martin Fowler

Machine Learning applications are becoming popular in our industry, but teams struggle to develop, test, deploy them. At ThoughtWorks, we've gained great benefits from Continuous Delivery, so we naturally endeavored to apply this technique to our machine learning applications.

How can Agile Leaders create the right context for Ownership?

. Dispirited, unmotivated, unappreciated workers cannot compete in a highly competitive world. Frances Hesselbein. The core responsibilitie of the agile leader is creating the right context for the agile teams so they can thrive and self-manage.

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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.

Agile and DevOps Success Needs Continuous Testing

One of the central ways to progress an agile transformation is to introduce continuous testing. With all such changes, it is cultural as much as technical.

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The actual cost of lock-in and how to reduce it

Martin Fowler

Since Gregor's previous matrix was so useful, now he does another one. This matrix models switching costs and Gregor uses it to examine the actual costs of lock-in. more…. skip-home-page

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Notes from Observability Roundtables: Capabilities Deep-dive


Greetings, fellow o11ynaut! You may recall a post we shared here about two months ago that told tales of the themes we felt best represented our recent release of the Framework for an Obsersvability Maturity Model.

What's a Manager's Role on a Scrum Team?

Did you know the word “Manager” does not show up once in the Scrum Guide ? If I were a manager in a fortune 500 organization with a mortgage and two kids in college, I’d be concerned for my job.


The State of DevOps Report 2019 Is Out

The Accelerate State of DevOps Report 2019 is out like every other year. Now, let’s talk about the key findings of this year’s survey: The Industry Continues to Improve, Particularly Among the Elite Performers: Proportion of high performers have tripled, now comprising 20% of all teams.

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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.

Technical Components of CD4ML

Martin Fowler

Our authors now move on to the technical components that make Continuous Delivery possible for a Machine Learning system. The first two are "Discoverable and Accessible Data" followed by "Reproducible Model Training". more…. skip-home-page

Augment your knowledge during software modelling sessions: Decision Log


The most important learning during my career is that the act of creating software is a team effort. We can be a one-person team, but there is someone else involved; at least someone to use it.

Scrum Accountability

TL; DR: Scrum Accountability. Autonomy without accountability equals anarchy’ summarizes an essential design element of any agile organization. Without these checks and balances in place any aspiration to transform an organization is likely to fail. (Or Or at best level out at a mechanistic level.)


From DevOps to DevSecOps: Owning Cloud Security

The cloud is a complex environment, with different groups managing different cloud services and environments.

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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.

Serving and testing models in CD4ML

Martin Fowler

My colleagues continue their discussion of the technical components of Continuous Delivery for Machine Learning. This installment looks at model serving, testing, and quality. more…. skip-home-page

CVE-2019-15846: Unauthenticated Remote Command Execution Flaw Disclosed for Exim


CVE-2019-15846, a new unauthenticated remote code execution vulnerability in the Exim message transfer agent, has been patched in version 4.92.2. Users are encouraged to upgrade immediately. Background.

Introducing the Zombie Scrum Symptom Checker

Is your team suffering from Zombie Scrum ? And if so, what can you do to improve? Do you wonder how other teams work with Scrum? How many members they have? What the usual length of a Sprint is? Is Scrum really helping teams deliver value to stakeholders faster and making them happier as a result?


When Shift Right is Shift Left

In some areas of IT, we utilize the idea of shift right quite a bit. Testing and security are two areas where it comes up often.

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.

A model for thnking about lock-in

Martin Fowler

Gregor continues his article on lock-in by introducing a model, a quadrant based on switching cost and unique utility, to aid thinking. more…. skip-home-page


13 robotic process automation experts you should follow


Robotic process automation (RPA) is a hot topic right now. Many organizations, primarily large ones, are using RPA to process data more quickly and to shorten the time spent by employees on repetitive tasks. Enterprise IT, IT Ops, Robotic Process Automation (RPA

How to Foster Motivation and Purpose Through Agility

“We want to be more agile in our delivery.” “We We need to build up our teams.” “How How can we do Scrum well?” Companies are asking themselves these questions every day and looking in various places for the answers.

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Why and How to Collect KPIs for Z DevOps

It can sometimes feel frustrating to try to figure out how to do DevOps. That’s because DevOps is not about tools—there are lots of different tools that can help you succeed at DevOps.

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.

Thrip: Ambitious Attacks Against High Level Targets Continue


Symantec’s Targeted Attack Analytics uncovers new attack campaigns in South East Asia

The Big Picture of AIOps: Why You Need AI to Take Over DevOps

The New Stack

Dynatrace sponsored this post. Andreas Grabner. Andreas is a DevOps Activist at Dynatrace. He has over 20 years of experience as a software developer, tester and architect, and is an advocate for high-performing cloud operations.

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A Tale of two Leadership Styles

In this technologically advanced era, things have not performed the way they use to in the past, and there are many individuals, who find it challenging to walk side-by-side, with the transformation taking place in the society.

The Competitive Advantages of Modern SCMs

Source code management (SCM) is not a new concept. It has been in existence since around 1980, when Revision Control System (RCS), one of the first major SCMs, was released. But that doesn’t mean SCM today is the same as it was decades ago. Modern SCM tools do much more than their predecessors.

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.