Social, Agile and Transformation

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.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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John Cusack Practical Quotes on Strong Digital Leadership

Social, Agile and Transformation

Every once and a while, I draw inspiration from movies and actors/actresses. I have a post paying tribute to the great movie. What about Bob? Baby Steps - A Guide to Digital Transformation.

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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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 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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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!

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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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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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.

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.

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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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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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.

My Top Books 2019: Digital Transformation, Entrepreneurship, AI

Social, Agile and Transformation

One of my 2019 new year resolutions was to read more books. I signed up for GoodReads and stated a reading challenge with a modest goal of finishing twelve books. I finished twenty-four, and many of these books are great reads for entrepreneurs, CIOs, and other digital transformation leaders.

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Episode 2 @DrivingDig Tip of the Day: Agile Planning, Development, and Culture

Social, Agile and Transformation

As I am celebrating the launch of StarCIO Agile Planning, this month's @DrivingDig tweets are a mix of some of my early and best posts on agile development and planning. You'll see some themes in these posts.

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Why SMBs Must Consider Upgrading their ERPs to Transform the Business

Social, Agile and Transformation

When your business is small or growing slowly, you can get away with a mix of disparate SaaS tools, spreadsheets, and collaboration over email to manage the business while leaders and employees focus on serving customers. One of those tools is likely an ERP, financial, or accounting system.

"We are more successful onboarding new technology versus maturing it" - And five things CIO must do to drive digital platforms

Social, Agile and Transformation

I was speaking with a few CIOs at the SINC USA West conference in Scottsdale late last year on the state of managing digital technology in their organizations. One CIO told me, "We are more successful onboarding new technology versus maturing it." Here's the logic behind his thinking and why this is a real issue for organizations investing in digital platforms When a new technology is. cio cmo digital transformation innovation organizational change

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.

StarCIO Report: Digital Survey 2019

Social, Agile and Transformation

Several weeks ago, I wrote the article on CIO.com, 5 outdated technology practices that doom digital transformations where I dated several technology practices and suggested others that were replacing them.

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3 Foundational Practices for IoT Data Processing

Social, Agile and Transformation

IoT isn't just a capability you plug into an existing enterprise architecture. It requires validating existing capabilities and investing in new foundational ones.

10 Lessons Learned from IT Leaders on Driving Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to be the master of ceremonies at CAMSS Ontario, an IT leaders forum in Toronto sponsored by SINC. Unlike other conferences that I've keynoted and moderated panels at, this one had five participatory sessions.

Driving Digital 2025: Reaching Enterprise Agility [Video]

Social, Agile and Transformation

I've started sharing insights from my keynote, Driving Digital 2025. I am writing and speaking about what leaders have to do today to drive transformation over the next five years. In my book, Driving Digital, I covered the base platforms and practices that 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.