This isn’t a post about DevOps and the ability of organizations to improve customer experiences and provide greater business value. It isn’t about innovation and how it can catapult an organization into the minds of their customers. No, this post is about stupidity.
And while each one can be discussed at length, I wanted to concentrate on the first – more than a department – as I feel that it more closely encapsulates the problems with many governments and how they approach innovation. Continue reading “Innovation and Design Thinking”
Innovation is a funny thing, it can be all around you and yet still be completely hidden. How do you know if something is innovative? Or better yet, innovative and useful for your organization. It’s easy for an organization to put out a statement “we need to be innovative, so send us your ideas”. But this rarely bears fruit.
I’ve been exchanging a number of emails recently with Troy Hunt. Troy is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP (no, he is not a Microsoft employee) who specializes in web security. He also runs Have I Been Pwned? This is a website that goes through various databases of user accounts and passwords that have been exposed through a data breach.
Innovation seems to be a key driver for a lot of organizations. Those that are in the private sector know that they need to innovate or perish. Just take a look at all of the brick-and-mortar stores that have closed recently because they could not adapt to the new world. In the public sector, governments understand that the citizens are more demanding due to what private organizations have given them.
The Internet is a big place and getting bigger all the time. Sometimes the information you want, the information you need, is right at your fingertips, but you can’t find it. Until. One link leads to another that leads to another and then you find yourself at a Google site that has a Guide: Understanding Team Effectiveness.
An article titled triggered this post: “Past Failure Is No Excuse for Present Inaction“. The end of the year is time for reflection, time to think about what has happened in the past year and compare it to what you wanted to do in the past year. For many people, they are content with what has happened but for some, there is a feeling of melancholy, a fear of failure. Events have not lived up to expectations, or worse, attempts to change were rebuffed or outright rejected. Continue reading “Failure”
DevOps is a variety of things: a cultural shift, a process shift and, in some cases a technological shift. Each of those aspects can be introduced individually or in concert with each other. But what DevOps isn’t is an act that someone does alone.
In a typical organization, you have people who develop apps and people who look at the infrastructure on which the apps run. In many organizations, those two disparate groups never talk, never meet, never understand where the other side is coming from. But in effective organizations, they not understand each other, they help each other.