IT Culture

August 24, 2022

In software delivery, there is no question that speed is important. When software teams move fast, good things happen and business value is delivered more frequently. But, speed comes with a tradeoff: complexity. As this complexity grows, how can engineering teams succeed? After analyzing millions of workflows from more than 50,000 organizations across the world, I've outlined some ways teams can start optimizing their software delivery for high performance ...

August 22, 2022

Developers have been more productive than ever during the past couple of years due largely to the shift to remote work, as they often thrive in isolated workspaces and need long periods of uninterrupted focus. Though, regardless of how much developer teams may want to stay remote forever, 74% of US companies are using or planning a permanent hybrid work model. So what does this mean for developer teams in today's work environment? ...

August 02, 2022

Pinpointing gaps within an organization and acquiring people with the skills to drive a digital revolution is difficult. And ongoing labor shortages, the impact of automation on job roles, and continuously evolving technology doesn't make it any easier ... What can be done to help organizations not just survive, but also thrive in this new, rapidly changing reality? ...

July 20, 2022

As technical recruiters know, the developer landscape today looks significantly different from the landscape of a year or two ago. Developers, like other employees, are adapting to changing workplace trends and adopting different perspectives on what work-life balance means for them ...

June 02, 2022

Businesses developing software products need to plan and implement an effective DevOps transformation strategy to achieve a host of objectives. These include reduced time to market, faster query resolution, shorter development cycles, streamlined processes, and increased deployment speed, among others. The 5 best practices to achieve the same are ...

May 26, 2022

When execs talk with me about their desire to bring their teams back into the office in this new, post-pandemic world, the main argument I hear centers around the concept of "culture." An amorphous feeling that a return to the office is essential for teams to remain effective. "But," I ask, "weren't your teams effective during the pandemic when we all had no choice but to stay home?" ...

May 04, 2022

There's one key finding we'd like to explore further for the sake of this post, and that is that companies at a high level of DevOps evolution continue to compensate their employees at the highest level, with practitioner salaries doubling and manager salaries nearly tripling from 2020 to 2021. Let's dig in ...

April 28, 2022

Burnout during the pandemic has had wide-ranging impacts across the workforce. Nearly three-fourths (72%) of U.S. tech workers planned to quit their jobs between August 2021 and August of 2022, according to a study by TalentLS and Workable. And the work world is now entering the third wave of post-pandemic mass employee attrition ...

April 07, 2022

How can teams identify when it's time to upgrade their DevOps solution, and what should they look for if they decide it's time to switch? Here are a few questions to consider in evaluating your current solution ...

March 30, 2022

The pandemic highlighted one of the most crucial challenges facing the software industry — the lack of professional software developers. This was validated in the recent Top Software Development Challenges for 2022 survey report by Infragistics, which found that 53% of respondents believed that recruiting developers with the right skills was their greatest challenge ...

March 10, 2022

As the Great Resignation continues and turnover rates climb, organizations across industries are struggling to keep top talent — especially in the developer, delivery, platform and security realms. Ongoing digital transformation efforts have put additional pressure on organizations to keep up with the accelerating pace of innovation; multi-cloud environments are becoming the new norm — bringing with them novel IT complexity concerns; and cybersecurity threats continue to proliferate across the enterprise ...

February 07, 2022

Creating an agile enterprise goes far beyond just purchasing and deploying new technologies. Effectively managing your organization's software value chain plays an integral role. But achieving agility also requires a cultural transformation — led by leadership — to drive enhanced business performance, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction. Only when company leaders show commitment to this type of systemic change can they achieve an organization-wide shift in mindset ...

January 31, 2022

Enterprises are embarking on a fastened route to digital transformation, and as this happens, DevOps has become more crucial than ever. The developer community has scaled quickly, and its presence and growth have been drivers of change within multiple industries. To continue on that growing path and succeed in our increasingly digital-driven world, organizations must embrace the tendencies that will power the future of the digital revolution. As a developer myself, there are a few key trends that I think will shape our reality in 2022 and upcoming years ...

January 06, 2022

DevOps is a set of practices that improve the efficiency and effectiveness of IT operations. Utilizing many aspects of agile methodology, DevOps aims to shorten the systems development life cycle and provide continuous improvement. As you consider incorporating DevOps into your operations, understand the effect DevOps has on processes and culture. Successful implementation is about finding the right balance of attention on people, processes, and technology to achieve improvement ...

November 16, 2021

It's no surprise that generation Z — a demographic consisting of anyone born after 1997 — is one of the most technologically savvy generations since their millennial predecessors. But do their tech smarts translate into a desire for a career in technology? ...

November 10, 2021

At first, DevOps may seem counterintuitive when compared to traditional software engineering and development. It intentionally breaks down silos that function within each specialty to deliver improved, holistic business results. When implemented successfully, DevOps transforms the systems that provide software solutions and, in the process, empowers organizations to leverage disruptive technology to their advantage ...

November 09, 2021

Tool fragmentation and sprawl stands also out as one of the primary obstacles to accelerating developer-led digital operations. Too many tools, especially ones that are not designed with developer workflows and integrations in mind, hinders productivity. Without a unified collaboration experience, and the customization, integration and security controls necessary, developers, and the broader R&D teams they serve, are left without the alignment, visibility, and control needed to truly accelerate digital operations. Here's a look at three collaboration tool must-haves to master digital developer collaboration ...

October 12, 2021

Chief information officer (CIO) and chief technology officer (CTO) roles have converged at the same time as both positions have taken on significantly increased responsibility for business strategy, according to a new survey of CIOs and CTOs. More than 66% of CIOs and 78% of CTOs report their position is now directly involved in or leading business strategy ...

October 05, 2021

After almost 20 years in engineering, I've realized the most high-performing, seasoned software engineers are like monks. They are deliberate about work, exceptional listeners, highly capable of processing complex information and adept at thinking creatively. They also build psychological safe spaces for constructive debate, are empathetic and value different perspectives. It's a radically different mindset than viewing peers as competition — and it's one that enhances trust and encourages greater individual and group performance. Unfortunately, these types of engineers are now the exception, not the norm ...

September 20, 2021

Technology executives are often hard-pressed to explain how investing in developer headcount and tooling results in returns for their bottom line. As a business leader, it can be difficult to measure the true value of hiring more developers or investing in software delivery tools. To accurately make this type of ROI assessment, it's essential to track meaningful engineering output metrics ...

July 21, 2021

The cloud allows for more automation of a lot of historically manual tasks, which means that teams can increase the speed of application development, reducing the time to production. Here are a few pro tips that I would suggest to teams looking to balance quality, speed, and security through the adoption of automation in a cloud architecture ...

July 19, 2021

The roles and responsibilities of developers continue to expand, according to a survey of software developers, DevOps professionals, IT decision makers, and line of business executives from around the world, conducted by International Data Corporation (IDC) ...

June 08, 2021

The gamification of work enables individuals to showcase skills and demonstrate value in ways previously unavailable to employees and employers ...

June 07, 2021

Gamification is serious business. While the term artfully captures the fun of scoring points and competing against others (and ourselves), gamification is driving profound economic and cultural changes in how human beings perceive and pursue work ...

May 12, 2021

Business meetings have become more digitally collaborative in response to the sudden increase in remote workforces. For the most part, this rapid transition to digital was quite successful in moving the typically in-person business meeting to the cloud. This transition to remote collaboration, however, has yet to extend to other key business processes. The software development workflow is still, in large part, sequential ...

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