April, 2009

Scaling Web Sites (LAMP) : Top Resources


Image via Wikipedia Luckily it’s 2009 and there have been a bunch of successful websites that have had to deal with large scalability challenges. Many have been kind enough to share their knowledge with the world. Here is a list of the best books, articles, presentations and practices from the likes of Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and more. Books Building Scalable Web Sites Building, scaling, and optimizing the next generation of web applications by Cal Henderson

Fountainhead: Pointers for IT Business Continuity & Pandemics


One topic close to my heart is the concept "working anywhere." " Not just telecommuting, but literally working within a distributed workforce. While the chatter in the market is all about connectivity, I'll point out that a laptop and a

10 DOs and DONTs of organizational change

Trends in the Living Networks

For a recent boardroom presentation to a group of CEOs of large organizations I prepared ten ‘dos and donts’ on my topic of organizational change. Enterprise 2.0 Implementation Framework. I drew on the core ideas in our Implementing Enterprise 2.0 report and framework (as above). Enterprise 2.0

Retaining and Growing Readers on Newspaper Web and Mobile Sites

Social, Agile and Transformation

I am from one of the last generations of ritual NY Times Sunday edition readers. I have fond memories of taking the tree with me to parks and beaches during the summertime to read the magazine and many of the other

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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.

- The Translucent Government

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Translucent Seattle - click to see. Making government “transparent” is in vogue in 2009, whether by doing map mashups of crimes or twittering by Mayors and public agencies.

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How to Fix a Broken Marketplace (eBay)


Image via Crunchbase Do you still remember when eBay was a great place to buy and sell things? Today most auctions close without a single bid and very few are purchased at all. Most items are sold by “power sellers” which is really code word for businesses. Heck, most sellers are probably businesses at this point. As eBay discovers it isn’t recession proof and scrambles to become a primarily “buy it now” channel it needs to remember what eBay was

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Fountainhead: Postcards from SDForum's Developer's Conference


SDForum hosted another wide-ranging, star-studded conference Friday. The topic was posted as "Shaping the new age of application development" but - from the start - had overtones of SaaS, cloud computing, and new

Visualization: Wikis in the enterprise

Trends in the Living Networks

Today we are continuing our series of visual representations of social media tools inside organizations, taken from our Implementing Enterprise 2.0 report. The diagram below was used in the chapter on wikis in the enterprise, to illustrate how wikis can be used in organizational activities.

Business Responsibilities working with Agile Teams Part 2 - Social.

Social, Agile and Transformation

See Business Responsibilities working with Agile Teams Part 1 where I cover some important responsibilities: Dedicating time to define requirements, setting reasonable customer expectations, and developing a methodology

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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.

- Schrier to the FCC: Broadband

Chief Seattle Greek Blog

Fiber Broadband - Click for more. This morning the FCC will start a year-long process to craft a “National Broadband Plan for our Future” The agenda is here and here’s Ars Technica’s insightful view of the process.

Just because that’s the way it is, doesn’t mean that’s the way it has to be

I'm not lost, I'm wondering

In a tweet earlier today, @Think_Better makes the following suggestion: Next time someone says, “That’s just the way it is,&# try asking, “What would be an alternative?&#. It is all too easy to get stuck in the rut of doing things the way they’ve always been done just because that is the way it has always been done. This one little question can make all the difference, if you just take the time to ask - and answer - it. Just think of the possibilities.

Stop Twitter from Becoming the next MySpace


Image via Crunchbase 6 months ago Twitter was the best place in existence to use and develop great relations with key players in industry, brilliant thinkers and friends. It has since become popular, and like the kids trying to be popular in high school, has become a whore. Not that it was ever exclusive by restrictions, but rather by obscurity.

Fountainhead: Who's using Infrastructure Orchestration in Healthcare?


Last week I wrote a bit about how Infrastructure Orchestration is being applied in the Financial industry. It's the approach that HP (w/Matrix Orchestration Environment plugins), IBM (Open Fabric Environment) and Cisco

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.

Twitter on ABC TV - the impact on politics, media and socializing

Trends in the Living Networks

ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) TV had a very nice segment on Twitter yesterday, as below. As befits the august institution, the segment was more thoughtful than some other recent media coverage.

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Business Responsibilities working with Agile Teams Part 1 - Social.

Social, Agile and Transformation

I enjoy talking to General Managers, Product Managers, and other members of a business teams about the benefits of going agile. Their eyes light up when I talk about the basics. They get to see completed product at the end

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A Cloud-y Day for CIOs - CIORant

CIO Rant

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I'm not lost, I'm wondering

DennisKennedy.blog: What Happens to Blogs, Email and the Rest of Your Online Presence When You Die? What happens to your online "assets" when you die? Just as important, how do you let your online friends that you've died? How about your funeral/memorial service; have you thought about having one online? Perhaps webcasting the service for those who can't make it in person


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.

Serendipity and Weak Search -- For When The Stakes Are Low

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

I've been playing a lot lately with a music service called blip.fm (@mikegil), where one can "virtually DJ" songs stored by others to create a playlist. When trying to find songs based on a keyword or theme, I'll often search based on that word (for example, "Saturday"). doesn't have anything like faceted search, and very little metadata associated with the songs, so the search results may return anything from songs with "Saturday" in the title to bands with the word "Saturday" in their name.

Fountainhead: Who's using Infrastructure Orchestration in Finance?


With all the talk lately of Egenera's unified infrastructure orchestration I thought it would be useful to shed some light on who's *really* using this technology, and how. Indeed, there are a number of similar technologies out

An Argument for Heterarchy: creating more effective organizational structures

Trends in the Living Networks

The latest issue of People and Strategy Journal has an extremely interesting Point/ Counterpoint feature. Download the full article and responses here. Karen Stephenson , a leading network theorist and practitioner, wrote an article Neither Hierarchy nor Network: An Argument for Heterarchy , examining how heterarchies, that bring together elements of networks and hierarchies, are the most relevant organizational structures for our times.

Has SSD put Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) On Endangered Species List.

Storage IO Blog

Disclosure: I have been a user, vendor, author and analyst covering and a fan (and continue to be) of SSD for over 20 years. I have thought and wanting to post about this for a while, however recently several things popped up

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.

Do Consultants Deliver Value? - CIORant

CIO Rant


Innovation is a priority, so why not KM?

Leveraging Organizational Knowledge

A recent Boston Consulting Group report shows that 64% of companies consider innovation as one of their top 3 priorities. This is less than the 72% in 2006 but still high in the current difficult economy. That is good and understandable but then why is Knowledge Management not a priority as well as a result? You cannot foster innovation throughout a company wihout effective and efficient knowledge sharing processes. Apple, Google and Toyota took the top 3 spots of the most innovative companies.

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Blog Rally to Help the Boston Globe

Victus pro Scientia Opus -- Food for the Knowledge

[originally based on Paul Levy 's idea -- I'm happy to contribute, and to be counted among the bloggers offered the chance to amplify this message]. We have all read recently about the threat of possible closure faced by the Boston Globe. A number of Boston-based bloggers who care about the continued existence of the Globe have banded together in conducting a blog rally.

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Fountainhead: Private Clouds are Real and In Use


Many moons back in July '08 I wrote whether an "Internal Cloud" was an oxymoron, as well as a piece on how to build such internal architectures. Turns out this is really happening, and I'm thrilled. In "Why 'Private Cloud'

Best Practices for Micro-Services Management, Traceability and Visualization

Speaker: Robert Starmer, Cloud Advisor, Founding Partner at Kumulus Technologies

Moving to micro-services, or even working with distributed applications in a traditional environment, brings with it a host of interactions that are often difficult to understand. This session will provide an overview of service mesh, a review of the Istio service mesh itself, and dive into best practices and integration models for integrating the traceability model into a distributed application.