Test a developer's software and you'll find bugs. Teach a developer to test and they can release their software. A bit of a twist on the old fish and eating maxim, but the same idea: teaching a skill enables self-reliance and self-confidence. And, while it's harder than quickly doing someone a big favor, teaching is … Continue reading Why Teaching Developers To Test Is A Good Investment
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
"But our customers don't want 10 new versions a year. The last release alone had over 600 bugs!" retorts the hotline manager. "How about a small update with just a handful of bugs?" Your big-bang release is scary. It's full of issues and weird, new features that nobody understands. It requires documentation and training and … Continue reading Stop Scaring Your Customers and Speed Up Releases
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?