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Watching the flower grow, DevOps transformation at Scale

DevOps does not mean employing “super admins” (despite what the recruitment agencies may say!) DevOps also does not mean building another silo (the “DevOps Team”) alongside other silos – although a DevOps team done right can be a catalyst for … Continue reading

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Musings on the latest Thought Works Technology Radar

Its been some times since I put down some feedback on the Tech Radar, of which I am an avid and enthusiastic supporter. However the January 2015 edition has a few gems which I want to replay. TECHNIQUES I’ve worked … Continue reading

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Agile (Scrum) Coaching for UK GOV

I’ve been providing some Agile coaching to new Scrum Masters at a major UK Government Department (HMRC) and I was surprised by what I found.  Here’s a link to the blog post I put on the HMRC Digital Blog which outlines my … Continue reading

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A Retrospective of Retrospectives – Chinese Style

As an SCRUM master and Agile PM I’m always on the lookout for fresh and interesting ideas for retrospectives. For me the retrospective is a chance for the team to change gear, take time out from the daily grind, and … Continue reading

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Speaking about DevOps

I was invited to speak about DevOps by Ranger 4 recently (look here) and I summarise again here what I had to say: 1) What’s your preferred definition of DevOps? I prefer not to use the term DevOps these days at … Continue reading

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Charity Challenge 2014

The photo at the top of this page is quite apt, it is the causeway to Holy Island of Lindisfarne (at low tide, thankfully), that I’ll be passing during this year’s charity challenge.  I’m doing “Joppa for Jo“, which will take … Continue reading

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Absolutism and the barrier to Agility

Operating Agile is fine for start up’s and small independent teams with clear autonomy.  However more and more larger organizations are attempting to go Agile with varying degrees of success.  A lot of the challenges within large organizations come from … Continue reading

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No role, no organisation

Managing change effectively is so important when constant change is the norm, and the VMware view that roles/organisations are becoming outdated is certainly something that resonates with my recent clients. To breakdown the barriers (silos) that prevent effective continuous delivery … Continue reading

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Situation-based content delivery

The tipping point came in 2013.  Users of the Internet before then traditionally searched the Web for content that they were interested in (via Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc. on their PC’s, laptops or smartphones), they used the Internet ‘as a … Continue reading

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StoNetDevOpsMon anyone?

The DevOps concept has been something I’ve focused on for some time and inevitability is getting extended into new areas, away from its core server/compute raison d’etre.  There has been an element of networking in all the DevOps projects I’ve … Continue reading

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