Thought Leadership

Remote Teams and Good Time Management

This year’s global pandemic has forced the fast adjustment for many organizations from in-office normality to a remote working setup at whiplash speed. The rapid adoption of remote working is not easy though—even without the pressure of COVID.  Challenges are abundant for both those with remote working experience and those without. Managers and team leaders …

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DevOps and #DRY

DevOps and DRY

Formatting code correctly and adhering to best practices is crucial if you are developing software as part of a team. So, a good software developer needs to be mindful of the many and various conventions, both formal and informal, which exist for writing code. When everyone is using the same formatting and the same protocols, …

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#SRE vs. #DevOps: Any Common Ground?

SRE vs. DevOps: Any Common Ground?

Software engineers spend significant amounts of time seeking to streamline software development and production. This endeavor results in constant changes that can cause software and performance defects which continue to consume even more time and productivity. This imbalance has created the necessity for constant care and maintenance of the development pipeline. And teams turn to …

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Why IT Teams Should Adopt the #Scrum and #StoryPoints Approach

Why IT Teams Should Adopt the Scrum and Story Points Approach

Scrum is a lightweight organizational framework that focuses on transforming the way you tackle complex projects. The project management approach is based on the concept of breaking a complex project down into simple tasks as well as encouraging you to adapt your process. It facilitates teamwork and helps you do more work in less time. …

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Is Your IT Team In A #DownwardSpiral?

Is Your IT Team in a Downward Spiral?

What Is a ‘Downward Spiral’? A downward spiral is an ongoing deteriorating state of work which results in poor software and service quality, unfavorable customer results, and other consequent deplorable outcomes that lead to poor overall IT performance. The cause of this phenomenon is a “constant core conflict” of competing goals between IT operations and …

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Resilience Engineering

Create a Culture of Strength: Resilience Engineering

As the saying goes, “The best defense is a good offense.” An adage true for both football and software development. When it comes to organizations protecting themselves against disruptions, the tendency is to bulk up post-disaster, rather than move on the offensive beforehand. In manufacturing terms, this can be in the form of an inventory …

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Theory of Constraints

Addressing the Theory of Constraints with DevOps

The body of knowledge referred to as the “Theory of Constraints” was originally conceived by Israeli business management educator and philosopher, Dr. Eliyahu M. Goldratt. Goldratt articulated the concept in his 1984 book “The Goal”: a fictional business novel which follows plant manager Alex on his journey to improving systems management within the factory where …

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Technical debt

Fight Through the Pain: How to Deal With Technical Debt

Is your team struggling to keep up with project deadlines and business realities? Have you found yourself shipping code under time pressures with the promise that, “I’ll sort it properly later.” Do you know deep down that the quick-and-dirty fix you recently implemented on a new feature won’t hold up to user demand? The problem …

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5 Steps to Transformational Leadership

Since its inception, the DevOps movement has been praised for revolutionizing the collaboration between development and operations technicians. The yearly State of DevOps Report presented by DORA and Puppet continues to demonstrate the widening statistical gap in performance between IT teams that have already incorporated DevOps and those who haven’t. Understandably then, DevOps is often …

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