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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The Crucial Role of DevOps and Linux

The Crucial Role of Linux in DevOps

There are many reasons why DevOps is becoming a more popular approach in today’s development landscape. Over the last three years, adoption has increased by an average of 7% in organizations, with 2019 set to see even more growth. The methodology is designed to allow for rapid iterations without sacrificing flow, improve cost-effectiveness (and productivity …

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#DevOpsConsulting

Why You Need a DevOps Consultant

Efficiency is one of the fundamental pillars upon which any successful business is built. We’re all familiar with the old adage that “Time is money,” but many companies don’t appreciate just how deep this simple observation runs. Amongst businesses who do prioritize the efficiency of their operations, there is an ongoing need to devise better …

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#Monorepos

Should You Adopt a Single Code Repository for All Code?

Monorepos (putting all your code in one repository) are a fairly controversial topic in the world of software development for a number of interesting reasons. For many developers, the thought of storing every line of code in a single central repository brings them out in a cold sweat, and they have to go lie down …

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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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Ways to tune your #standupmeetings

7 Ways to Tune Your Standup Meetings

Standup meetings are essential to maintaining a well-oiled Agile/DevOps pipeline. Actually, while Scrum and standups were originally designed for use in software development, their application also works beyond this sole remit now for any complex project work. With that said, teams may still feel like they’re not getting the most out of their standup meetings. …

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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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Rockstar DevOps Engineer

How To Hire a Rockstar DevOps Engineer

The DevOps movement, while ever-evolving, is still relatively in its infancy in comparison to other management concepts like Lean and Agile. DevOps means different things to different people, and finding the right skill set for your company is going to be entirely down to your specific needs. Which makes defining the role of a DevOps …

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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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