Software delivery in many organisations is still far too waterfall, inefficient, and often unhealthy to be a part of. The myriad of methodologies which can be applied in different combinations to achieve something more efficient can be overwhelming. Normal organisational structures deny people the authority to make the efficiency savings which seem logical to them. … Continue reading Delivery Focused Software Teams
I get so frustrated when I see perfectly talented DevOps engineers building pipelines which drive big bang thinking, and calling it CI/CD. Can you all please stop? Continuous integration and continuous deployment are two very special principals which drive high quality, prevent bugs reaching production, and generally help things get delivered quicker. Automation alone does … Continue reading CI/CD
"Don't overengineer this. We need to move as fast as we can."Too many business representatives The Agile Manifesto is built on 12 pillars, the 9th of which (at the time of writing) is: Continuous attention to technical excellence and good design enhances agility. I regard the Agile Manifesto as a thing of truth. It has … Continue reading Technical Excellence
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Some enterprises have grown their technical infrastructure to the point where dev ops and continuous deployment are second nature. The vast majority of enterprises are still on their journey, or don't even realise there is a journey for them to take. Businesses aren't generally built around great software development practices - many businesses are set … Continue reading Avoiding Delivery Hell
There are lots of problems that prevent businesses from responding to market trends as quickly as they'd like. Many are not IT related, some are. I'd like to discuss a few problems that I see over and over again, and maybe present some useful solutions. As you read this, please remember that there are always … Continue reading What’s Slowing Your Business?
A friend tweeted recently about how it isn’t always possible to decide late on which product to use for data storage as different products often force an application to use different patterns. This got me thinking about making other decisions in software design. In general it’s accepted that deciding as late as possible is usually a … Continue reading Making Decisions with Cynefin
A particularly tricky epic hits the development team's radar. The Product Manager has been mulling it over for a while, has a few use cases from end users and has scoped things pretty well. He's had a session with the Product Owner who has since fleshed things out into an initial set of high priority stories … Continue reading When Things Just Work