Stop blaming enterprise frameworks and focus on business alignment

Enterprise Architecture helps an organization realize its competitive advantage. “The entire purpose of enterprise architecture frameworks is that they’re supposed to let you accurately and consistently describe architectures. If they can’t do that — if they can’t describe how SharePoint and your ERP suite fit together with everything else you’re running or will want to run — then what value …

Retain more from your reading

How to implement a systematic note-taking habit or process that effectively supports knowledge retention when I am reading. This is the question I continue to try and answer, as I imagine so many others do as well. Not a simple problem, but also not impossible, as we learn from Maria Popova (Brain Pickings) and Ryan Holiday.  Both Maria and Ryan …

Useful Technical Magazines & Blogs

As a technical professional we are expected to keep up with the trends in our industry. The internet provides free access to several sources. The question, which resources are best for you?  Magazines Wired  PCMag  ComputerWorld MIT Technical Review American Scientist Fast Company Blogs Tech Crunch Techno Byte Tech Meme Reddit DevOps Software Development Of course this is a short …

Not failing at DevOps!

In a recent ZDNet article,  “DevOps may finally help deliver the software automation we’ve been waiting for,” Joe McKendrick has a conversation with Sacha Labourey from Cloudbees and it caught my attention, Sacha said:  “within larger organizations, “it’s just harder — size is in itself a factor of inertia,” he says. “Silos are much stronger.. so even if there is …

Are you monitoring?

Continuous Monitoring is not an afterthought; however, it is for most. Monitoring through each phase (concept to cash) provides transparency to how the systems is acting and reacting.   This transparency helps you troubleshoot issues and identify risks in the process and system. Get a baseline and look for bottlenecks or performance issues.  Work with your customers. the business owners, and …

Leverage Automated Delivery to have Frictionless Software Delivery

The goal of CD is to be able to release software frequently,and reliably, in a frictionless manner. By Daniel Horton “By now it should be clear that the only way to create value is to release. Testing your products against the marketplace is crucial for the agility of your organization,“ Don McGreal wrote in his book “The professional product owner.” An …

Gain Clarity with the Feynman Technique

“I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.” – Richard Feynman   Do you say “I read it in a book” or do you really know how it works? So many people learn the buzzwords and really don’t understand the underlying concepts. Which comes out when you start having a detailed conversation on …