From experiencing organizations ranging from 10-person start-ups to dozens-of-thousands-of-people organizations, I have found a consistent experience among shared service providers. They say “no.” A lot.[Read More]
SAFe Indicates Unsafety
What it means to choose SAFe in 2020
Organizations with policies established during a time where colocation was the only way to work are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to
suddenly remote productivity. The work from home lifestyle of taking a day to send a few emails but mostly be unproductive was begrudgingly accepted as an infrequent quality of life boost. Reversing that trend, during a pandemic, with kids home and elevated stress levels, it’s going to be tough.
Software Development vs FARs
Can federal software development be agile?
Agile software development has revolutionized the way private sector organizations build software. The primary tenets are that all companies are software companies, software is never done, and requirements always change. What does that mean for the federal space?[Read More]
Workflow: Pull is Better
GitLab’s developers use a pull workflow so the
assigned field is editable by anyone. The intended worfklow is to leave the issue unassigned (though tagged for a team) and when a developer is ready, they assign it to themself and work on it. Assignment is seen as a “leave this alone if it’s not you” sort of signal rather than “someone wants me to get this done.”
Security policies add complexity to transformation
Brownfield organizations typically have policies that were written under a very different development paradigm and create more problems than they solve under current Agile and DevOps practices.[Read More]