Don’t Copy Spotify

Spotify is a good company that has done a tremendous amount of work on creating their DevOps environment.  They’ve posted videos, attended seminars, described in detail how they built up their environment.  But there is one thing that they don’t talk about:  copying Spotify. They talk about how they did it, not about how you should do it and […]

Change takes time

There is the idea when when you stop telling people that you are changing then the change is done.  That by denying that you still changing you are somehow altering reality, making what you want a reality, as opposed to living in the real world. Change takes time.  The bigger the change the more time […]

Cloud Strategy

The cloud is at the same time, more important than you think, but less than you hope.  It holds tremendous potential for companies big and small, public and private.  But the cloud by itself is not a solution. People build solutions based on the capabilities and tools that cloud providers have for them.  Yes, you […]

Fundamental Problems

My apologies in advance to all of the accountants, financial analysts and “governance” people reading this:  you’re not going to like what I’m going to say. There is a fundamental disconnect in some companies with regard to the financing of IT products and the development of IT products.  Until that disconnect is resolved the organization […]

Habits of Effective People

A long time ago, in a company far, far away, I took on course on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  I even bought and read the book.  (Yup, an actual paper book.  You remember those things, don’t you?) While I appreciated the list of habits I found the advice to be … vague.  […]

Change Fatigue

Change is the one constant in our lives.  People consistently talk about how the rate of change is increasing and that we are forced to change more frequently just to stay afloat.  That change, however, needs to be done well.  If it’s not done well people experience something called “change fatigue“. Change fatigue, when applied […]

Support Systems

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) started a number of years ago with a small number of participants.  It has grown to over 400,000 people worldwide who have the dream of writing a novel in 30 days.  Many people succeed.  Tens of thousands of novels are written every year.  And, with a little bit of care […]