DevOps is strategic : think of it is as agile for the digital age where the definition of done for a product has shifted from being ready for release to the product being live in production, with the product team actively learning from its usage to further develop the product. Do DevOps strategically to maximize developer productivity - a critical competitive advantage in the digital age , solve the last mile problem of software delivery and build products based on validated learning (a.k.a. lean product management) through DASA's (DevOps Agile Skills Association) comprehensive guidance. Check this succinct introduction to that guidance, so you reap the benefits of DevOps - high performing teams delivering business outcome through software based products.
Due to a confluence of factors, individuals and organizations are rushing to become agile. One of the visible factors driving this dash to agility is the publicly stated desire of most organizations to become more digital - become more software driven, by building and operating their business products as either purely digital products or physical … Continue reading Becoming an agile practioner : PMI -ACP guidance
Capgemini DevOps series, April 25, 2019 ( Image courtesy, Capgemini) DevOps is an expansive management practice hence challenging to do well but doing DevOps well is a strategic necessity. It is expansive because it touches various elements in the value stream of software development, software deployment and software operations . And it is a strategic … Continue reading DevOps in a day : Capgemini DevOps series, Toronto.
The thinking that Agile software development and DevOps are different and separate frameworks, and hence need to be adopted separately seems to be taking hold. This is obviously, incorrect and has insidious long term consequence as it will perpetuate the divide between Dev and Ops. Although, Agile software development preceded DevOps - Agile software development … Continue reading The business case for DevOps : Fully realize the business benefits of Agile software Development
To compete in the digital age , it is becoming increasingly important to move away from a activity based functional teams to multi disciplinary product teams consisting of business ( product owners, designers, UX , business analysts... ) and IT (developers, testers, security, operations .... ) folks. However, for the newly created product based teams … Continue reading Competing in the digital age with Lean Startup, Agile software development and DevOps
One of the key success factors in Agile and DevOps transformation is the culture of the teams and the organization. However, since culture is intangible it is difficult to get a sense of whether you are getting culture right or wrong. So, instead of getting caught up prematurely in the minutiae of how to get … Continue reading The culture conundrum : To succeed with Agile and DevOps transformation, you need to get the culture right.
DASA DevOps Competence Model First the expected good news, "Harvard Business Review Analytic Services Study Competitive advantage through DevOps" - a survey sponsored by Google Cloud , confirmed that DevOps delivers key business results. Survey respondents who adopted the DevOps approach say that it has improved speed to market ( named by 70%), productivity (67%), … Continue reading Succeeding with DevOps: Google’s DevOps survey findings mapped to DASA’s DevOps competence model
In many organizations, employees know more about their work than their managers. This reality should force organizations that still cling to the old, top-down style of managing to recognize that many employees today are very capable of managing themselves https://iveybusinessjournal.com/publication/a-new-role-for-management-in-todays-post-industrial-organization/ With this opening salvo, Mitch McCrimmon writing in the Ivey Business Journal, gets to the … Continue reading Redefining and reinventing project management for today’s post industrial digital age
It is a truism that to realise the benefits of a technology driven change initiative the focus has to be on deliberate leadership and management of the initiative, rather than an exclusive focus on technology and tools. However, that obvious truth gets lost, in the euphoria and excitement about the latest technology, especially in technologically … Continue reading Getting DevOps right : It is not just about technology, leadership and management matters
With more than 90% of the world's data created in just the past few years, companies and individuals struggle to keep up with the accompanying security threats. Luckily, The Unsung are here to help. They are the IT professionals who go largely unnoticed in the backdrop of offices around the world. They are hard at … Continue reading Microsoft 365 : Help for the unsung