Social, Agile and Transformation

Four Agile Workstreams in a Data Driven Organization

Social, Agile and Transformation

In this episode of 5 Minutes with @NYIke, I share a four-step process to start getting your organization more data-driven. You can start with any of the four steps.

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What is DevOps in 5 Minutes with @NYIke

Social, Agile and Transformation

Agile without DevOps can lead to conflict where agile teams want to deploy frequently but are slowed down by operations that preserve reliability over speed.

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What is Proactive Data Governance?

Social, Agile and Transformation

If you go to most business leaders to discuss data governance, you are likely to get a glazing stare that screams, "What the heck are you talking about?" And then your mind races to figure out where to begin. Data policies? Data security? Data quality? Data cataloging? Master data management?

Where to Place Your Machine Learning and AI Bets

Social, Agile and Transformation

A few weeks ago, I published my 2020 predictions and stated explicitly that enterprises must demonstrate AI and Machine Learning wins. So, in this post, I survey several recent research surveys to determine where organizations should place their bets.

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Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming Your Management & Adapting to the VUCA Environment

Speaker: Peter Taylor, Speaker/Author, The Lazy Project Manager

Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organizations succeed in this transformation? In this webinar, Peter Taylor will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralized and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.

What are Seven Types of Big Data Debt

Social, Agile and Transformation

As more organizations have embarked on agile software development over the last five years as part of digital transformation programs, the term technical debt is more widely understood.

5 Reasons for CIO to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving

Social, Agile and Transformation

Six years ago, I wrote a fun post on A CIO 's Top Ten Guide to Preparing a Thanksgiving Feast, where I shared some whimsical advice from building a firewall to outsourcing what you cannot do well.

CIO Must Pivot to a Safer-Smarter World

Social, Agile and Transformation

My boss used to say to me, "Isaac, read the tea leaves" to get a sense of what to present, share, and focus on depending on the business temperament.

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What is Agile Planning in 5 Minutes with @NYIke

Social, Agile and Transformation

Why are some organizations stuck with fr-agile development processes? Hint: It's not because you need to "scale" agile. Many organizations succeed in getting an A-team practicing agile and then look to "scale" their best practices to the rest of the organization.

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How to use Spikes and Deliver Agile POCs

Social, Agile and Transformation

In my last post, I discussed shallow commitments, an agile tool team can use to negotiate with product owners when they are asked to commit to more stories in a sprint above their velocity and comfort zone. Teams commit as usual and then define several stories that sit in the shallows.

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More Effective Agile Leadership

Speaker: Steve McConnell, CEO, Construx Software

In this talk, Steve McConnell, CEO of Construx Software, distills hundreds of companies’-worth of real-world experience into the proven Agile leadership practices that work best. Steve will seamlessly thread together traditional approaches, early Agile approaches, modern Agile approaches, and the principles and context that underlie them all—creating an invaluable resource for Agile leaders, their teams, and their organizations.

Episode 4 @DrivingDig : There is More to DevOps and Agile than Rituals and Tools

Social, Agile and Transformation

Going into the Thanksgiving holiday week so maybe you have time to catch up on some reading. Here is Episode 4 of Driving Digital's tip of the day where I cover some of my agile, devops, and other articles. If you missed them, you can also see Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3.

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7 Required DevOps Practices Before Increasing Deployment Frequencies

Social, Agile and Transformation

In my last post, I shared 7 Prerequisites on Whether to Improve Deployment Frequencies with DevOps. I firmly believe that CI/CD is not enough to support stable releases and also shared 5 pre-deployment priorities for Agile DevOps teams.

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Becoming a Transformational CIO from the Best CIO Blog on the Planet!

Social, Agile and Transformation

Every once and a while I receive recognition and participate in a webinar that's worth sharing here with everyone. First, I'm very proud that this blog, Social, Agile, and Transformation was recently listed as the #1 blog for CIOs and a top blog on agile software development.

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Breakthrough Agile Transformation: The Important Leadership Roles

Social, Agile and Transformation

I've written several posts on the CIO and leadership roles in agile transformation, agile adoption, and agile practices.

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Architect Your Organization for Effectiveness, Productivity, and Joy

Speaker: Ron Lichty, Consultant: Interim VP Engineering, Ron Lichty Consulting, Inc.

As a senior software leader, you likely spend more time working on the architecture of your systems than the architecture of your organization. Yet, structuring our teams and organizations is a critical factor for success. In fact, the impact of software architecture parallels the impact of organizational structure. We are excited to welcome Ron Lichty, co-author of a seminal book on managing software teams and a well-known speaker, he’ll speak to organizing for effectiveness, productivity and joy.

Agile Planning: Leverage Customer Feedback and Usage Data

Social, Agile and Transformation

The happy path of agile planning is around breaking down features and releasing them. The required path is to itemize technical debt, business and technical operational needs, and compliance requirements into the plan and ensuring some of this work gets prioritized.

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15 Reasons Why StarCIO Agile Planning Drives Results!

Social, Agile and Transformation

I have been introducing different aspects of StarCIO Agile Planning. Last week I shared how continuous planning is used to deliver solid roadmaps. Prior to that, I posted on how StarCIO Agile Planning drives architecture standards and developing great products! Get the white paper!

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Delight Employees and Empower IT to Shine at ITSM

Social, Agile and Transformation

Wake up! No one likes opening service desk tickets or using ITSM tools. Employees expect self-service capabilities and easy to use technologies.

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Celebrating Two Fantastic Years of Driving Digital

Social, Agile and Transformation

Two years ago I received my "author's copies" of Driving Digital: The Leader's Guide to Business Transformation Through Technology. The picture you see here is just after I opened the box. What a thrilling moment it was!

An Adult Conversation About Estimates

Speaker: Beekey Cheung, Software Consultant, Professor Beekums, LLC

Estimates are a contentious topic in software development. Most of our development teams hate providing estimates and many managers are starting to view them as unnecessary. As senior software leaders, how can we determine whether estimates are helpful or harmful to our teams? We are excited to be joined by Beekey Cheung, a software consultant and blogger known as Professor Beekums, who has helped many leaders and teams go from fearing estimates to using them appropriately. He'll walk us through the value of estimates, how to overcome the hesitancy many have in giving them, and how to provide better estimates.

CI/CD is not Enough! 5 Pre-Deployment Priorities for Agile DevOps Teams

Social, Agile and Transformation

Having CI/CD pipelines doesn't mean that continuous delivery is a business need or a good idea. I wrote about this a couple of years ago when I asked, "Is Continuous Delivery Right for Your Business?" I know this is a debated topic.

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Developing great products with StarCIO Agile Planning

Social, Agile and Transformation

Writing user stories was once a relatively straightforward exercise. Product owners wrote stories in customer-centric language defining why, what, and for whom the story was being implemented.

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Empowering IT: Revealing a More Powerful DevOps Strategy

Social, Agile and Transformation

I like to ask DevOps teams and engineers what should be a simple question, "What is your devops strategy and what are your priorities?" The answer I get is often a mix of what they are working on now (often CI/CD) and a word or two about the importance of a DevOps culture.

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Why it's been a Remarkable Pivotal Year for Digital Leaders

Social, Agile and Transformation

What will you remember about 2019? I believe 2019 will go down as a pivotal year for how businesses will continue to invest in technology, data, automation, and customer experience.

The Six Principles of Persuasion

Speaker: Michael Carducci, CTO, Mago:Tech

As senior tech leaders, we often fall prey to thinking that a “good idea” and logical case is sufficient to get the desired response and result. We might be trying to get our CEO on-board with investment in a new technology or a rearchitecture effort, or we might want culture or process changes by our team. Our “good idea” is simply the beginning. An idea must be communicated; a case must be made; and ultimately other people must be persuaded to get onboard. Michael Carducci brings a fascinating background to this webinar. He’s a technologist and regularly works to help senior leaders improve their results. He’s also a professional mentalist and has been a student of psychology, human behavior and the principles of influence for nearly two decades.

5 Risk Mitigation Strategies for Agile Teams

Social, Agile and Transformation

I find that agile teams, because they are agile, may leave behind fundamental-to-IT risk mitigation strategies that can make sprints, releases, and application development more reliable and robust.

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Agile Planning Business Roadmaps, Architecture Standards, and DevOps Releases

Social, Agile and Transformation

Agile planning doesn't end when stories are written, accepted by the team, sized, and ready for development. Story writing is one aspect of agile planning, but it's not the only one. At StarCIO, agile planning is done at several levels depending on the complexity of the requirement.

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7 Prerequisites on Whether to Improve Deployment Frequencies with DevOps

Social, Agile and Transformation

In my last post, I advised that having CI/CD automation is very important to drive frequent and reliable releases, however, it is not a sufficient process or steps to establish responsible releases.

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Agile Continuous Planning to Deliver Solid Roadmaps

Social, Agile and Transformation

Agile teams can't wait till the end of a release to begin planning the next one. The time gap it creates is a tremendous loss of productivity. Furthermore, this approach to planning doesn't simplify drafting roadmaps and forecasts that many organizations require from their agile teams.

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Schema Evolution Patterns

Speaker: Alex Rasmussen, CEO, Bits on Disk

If you want to make your development team squirm, ask them about database schema changes or API versioning. Most development teams struggle with changing database schemas and updating API versions without breaking existing code. Alex Rasmussen is an expert in helping teams through these struggles. His talk will examine database schema changes and API versioning as two instances of schema evolution: how your systems respond when the structure of your structured data changes.

5 Activities to Improve the Culture of Agile DevOps Teams

Social, Agile and Transformation

It's getting close to summer months and many agile devops teams are working hard to close out their Q2 commitments. The summer months are a great time to bring people and teams together to recalibrate on priorities and revitalize their commitment to collaboration.

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7 Lessons on Maturing DevOps in Enterprises

Social, Agile and Transformation

If you are trying to implement devops in a larger IT organization, please give a listen to my recent podcast on Gigaom's Voices in DevOps A Conversation with Isaac Sacolick. DevOps largely came from startups that wanted to break the cultural and practice separation between Dev and Ops.

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2020 Predictions: Agile - Devops - SRE, Low-code, and AI

Social, Agile and Transformation

It's been several years since I blogged on new year predictions. My last one published in 2017 covered blockchain (just getting started), AI (breakthroughs coming), talent gaps (growing challenge), and the importance of social business (even more critical).

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3 Expert Questions to Focus on Winning Digital Transformations

Social, Agile and Transformation

About a year ago, around this time a year, I spoke to a CIO about how to best kickoff digital transformation initiatives. His question, "How do I start? How do I find opportunities that will make a business impact and have the potential to drive transformation?"

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Team Leadership in the Age of Agile

Speaker: Roy Osherove, Technology and Leadership Consultant

Why is implementing new frameworks, from SCRUM to self-organized teams, so much harder than understanding them? Roy Osherove has the solution. Tune in and learn to recognize what state your team is in, to support them accordingly, and to help them adopt the best practices given where they are today.