You're starting off with a new laptop. The OS is installed, but using it feels awkward. Nothing looks like it used to on your previous one. You're really frustrated how slow you move around just because you're missing your beloved customizations. A few days later you feel the flow again. You've tweaked your OS and … Continue reading Why you need to customize your agile methods
When switching on the oxygen pumps, there was an explosion on board of the Apollo 13 space craft. A short circuit in a small module led to an explosion rendering most of the space craft useless. For days, the crew frantically worked in cramped quarters trying to return to Earth. Tensions ran high, but, instead … Continue reading How Value Stream Mapping can speed up your cycle time from years to weeks
Imagine a seven year old playing the piano. She hits every note like it's the only one, taking long breaks between each note. The play drags and listening to the singular notes is a pain. Instead of music, all you hear is a bunch of individual sounds, each one rivaling with the others to be … Continue reading How To Break Departmental Silos By Forming Feature Teams
Monday morning on the highway. Your speed: 0 mph. You're stuck in the usual rush hour traffic jam because the capacity of this road is exceeded. And it's now obvious you'll reach your destination much later than if the road were empty. But what happens if you exceed the capacity of your development team? What … Continue reading 3 Reasons To Avoid Overloading Your Teams
A rope. Eight people on either side. "Pull!" And then it begins: both parties are pulling in their own direction. A tug-of-war has started. Imagine your developers and sysadmins as those two parties starting that tug-of-war Each group has different goals. And having different goals leads to each party pulling in another direction. How can … Continue reading How badly set goals create a tug-of-war in your DevOps organization
There are DevOps tools and DevOps job ads. People talk about culture and sharing and being nice to each other. Sounds pretty fishy, right? The only thing missing is a DevOps certification and we're done with the DevOps hype. Is DevOps really just a fad? Let's take a closer look... You're frustrated with another department … Continue reading Is DevOps just a fad?
Investing into code improvement is a dual edged sword: on the one hand you know that if you don't improve your code you'll get slower over time. On the other hand improving your code does not deliver tangible value to your users. So how do you know whether you're on track? Track the time a … Continue reading Do Code Improvements Add Value?