IT Culture

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 ...

May 10, 2021

Education has a reputation for being slow to adopt technology, especially when it comes to DevOps, but that trend is beginning to reverse as early adopters see great success in both academic use and institutional administration ...

May 06, 2021

When adopting DevOps, it's essential to take a mindful and strategic approach to change management. Investing this care and attention at the outset of DevOps initiatives can help ensure they proceed quickly and seamlessly, accelerating the business's progress and speeding time to value. Do you need to accelerate DevOps adoption in your organization? These five tips will help you get started today ...

May 04, 2021

Working with microservices and Kubernetes often means solving the same solved problems over and over, without having the time to focus on what really brings value to the business. Garden recently commissioned research to gather insights from software professionals to find out where time is being spent, what tasks often cause frustration, and how this time could be better spent. Some of what we learned reinforced my own experiences but there were some other surprising insights. And when we set out to quantify the impact of time spent on "solved problems" that respondents shared with us, the data was truly eye popping ...

May 03, 2021

The demand for DevOps talent has grown, with recruiting now or in the future a top priority. It was heartening to see that 49 percent of respondents — in the Upskilling 2021: Enterprise DevOps Skills Report — first look internally for hiring with 25 percent preferring to hire and train internal staff. Upskilling is a great opportunity for IT professionals to advance their careers inside their organization now and in the future ...

April 20, 2021

When I was asked to step up and take lead of the engineering team, I saw my role as an organizational problem solver. The goal was to empower individuals and set teams up to work in ways that fit them best, while also streamlining processes to reduce stress and confusion. As we grew the team and evolved our processes, I questioned the status quo and evaluated processes from first principles. Here are some of the things I learned along the way ...

April 15, 2021

Teams have made great strides to support the shift toward digital-focused solutions and capabilities, but the clock is ticking for those companies that are lagging in their digital innovation efforts. In Kong Inc.'s second annual Digital Innovation Benchmark, 51% of the 400 IT leaders surveyed in the US and Europe believe that their organization can only survive up to three years before going out of business or being absorbed by a competitor if they are unable to keep up with digital innovation ...

April 13, 2021

Working in concert with industry partners is a critical step in the software development lifecycle. Collaboration with partners is just as important as analysis and design, but often gets short shrift. Without industry partnerships, both at the technical and business level, the platform will never achieve the necessary velocity and adoption. To help organizations meet their goals, I'd like to highlight three strategies that software teams should consider to strengthen partnerships in the development cycle ...

March 11, 2021

DevOps salaries increased across every region, despite widespread economic slowdowns and cross-industry layoffs, according to the State of DevOps Report from Puppet, based on a global survey of more than 2,200 technology professionals ...

March 09, 2021

While we all hope the stresses of 2020 will be quickly put behind us, there are also some solid encouraging signs on the horizon. Looking at Couchbase's annual IT decision makers survey results reveals both the pain and the optimism around development projects ...

February 18, 2021

To kick off, the main prompt for this blog was a conversation with Jayne Groll, CEO of the DevOps Institute ... Part of the discussion focused on the idea of competencies, aka how teams small and large can build out platforms of experience and expertise. The dialog wend its way through the pluses and minuses of maturity models, of centers of excellence vs project offices, of standardization vs flexibility ...

February 17, 2021

The 20% time has an almost mythical status. Popularized by Google, but with its roots actually stretching back to the 1940s, the basic concept is that 20 percent of an employee's paid time is dedicated to pursuing personal projects. The idea is that it creates a hotbed of innovation which might feed into company work and improve skills. In software development terms, the products that have their foundations in 20 percent are legendary ...

February 02, 2021

What does a high-performing engineering team really look like? It can be hard to know, but diving into the effectiveness of your delivery capabilities can tell you quite a bit. Do deploys require a lot of cross-team coordination? When production breaks, is it a long time before you can get it back up and running? Are you getting feedback and results from your changes quickly? Your team's ability to deliver is a competitive advantage, and industry benchmarks are the only way to get a clear understanding of how your DevOps practices measure up ...

December 10, 2020

Industry experts offer thoughtful, insightful, and often controversial predictions on how DevOps and related technologies will evolve and impact business in 2021. Part 2 covers the evolving role of the developer and DevOps teams ...

December 03, 2020

Continuous APIfication allows businesses to interact with customers more efficiently and more frequently, while also finding new ways to create experiences that surprise and delight. In a time where companies might be looking to transform their business with APIs, it is essential to follow a consumer-centric approach, listen to feedback, iterate and strive to always do better to delight customers. Here is how to thrive with APIs in 2020 and the future ...

November 19, 2020

DEVOPSdigest posed the following question to the development community: How should DevOps and development adapt to the new normal? In response, DevOps industry experts offered their best recommendations for how development teams can adapt to this new remote work environment. Part 4 covers testing, automation, SAAS and more ...

November 18, 2020

DEVOPSdigest posed the following question to the development community: How should DevOps and development adapt to the new normal? In response, DevOps industry experts offered their best recommendations for how development teams can adapt to this new remote work environment. Part 3 covers visibility and alignment ...

November 17, 2020

DEVOPSdigest posed the following question to the development community: How should DevOps and development adapt to the new normal? In response, DevOps industry experts offered their best recommendations for how development teams can adapt to this new remote work environment. Part 2 covers team management and schedules ...

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