Friday, 24 November 2017

Have You Ever Produced Negative Value in a System!?

As developers we encourage our product owners to order the priority of their backlog in order of value. However, every time a new feature is implemented by a development team, there is a certain degree of risk associated with the introduction of that new code. Namely, risk of breaking another part of the product and maintenance cost. When a development team pulls in a new feature to implement there is a certain acceptance of this risk. In many cases, the risks that arise due to additional code complexity doesn't justify the value added by the new feature itself, so the development team can start implementing it.

Are there scenarios where the value added to a software product can be negative though?

Saturday, 4 November 2017

from zero to production in eighty days

When I mean zero, I literally mean zero. A brand new project, a PO that's new to IT, no existing processes in place and a small team of four including myself and the PO.

The departmental organisation we were working for doesn't have any developers, scrum masters, product owners working for them. Everything they did was either done by another department or outsourced completely.

This is a story how we went from zero to production in eighty days.
Bolt winning at the 2008 Olympics (source: WikiCommons)

Thursday, 28 September 2017

My first time speaking at a conference

Since time immemorial we humans have valued the art of public speaking. Today, I want to share with you my experiences in speaking at conferences for the first time. Recently, I spoke at both DDD Melbourne and DDD Perth. Both of which were positive experiences that I learnt a lot in.

source: Wikipedia

Friday, 15 September 2017

Context and agile practices

At times we have competing responsibilities - ship code or don't ship it because of a small edge case bug; put pressure on our team or make the business happy; coach our friends or write code.

This is a normal part of our everyday professional lives, and it's important to strike a balance that will help us in the future, but also deliver in the short-term.

Monday, 10 April 2017

leadership, maturity and authority

A recent question was asked in Readify's internal Yammer along the lines of how technically strong does a team leader need to be to lead a technical team.

The conversation eventually diverted into a range of exclamations by very smart Readifarians on what leadership is in different scenarios.

Below is my opinion

Friday, 19 August 2016

More than just a build/release pipeline

You've setup your build server, have continuous integration/delivery. Setup your release service, have continuous deployment. Your team are following proper branching strategy. Good yeah?

However...

Monday, 1 August 2016

On premise CI/CD/CD with VSTFS2015 and IIS

Many clients I visit are still not on the cloud and are still not using VSTS (Visual Studio Team Services) online and Azure.

Meaning, they still have on premise infrastructure for their applications. Now, I don't want this blog post to turn into a defence of cloud (more specifically PaaS). Rather, I want to quickly show you how you can setup a CI/CD/CD  (Continuous Integration/Delivery/Deployment) delivery pipeline with an on-premise instance of VSTFS 2015 deploying to machines with IIS .

Basically, if you're still on premise! It's not an excuse to disregard DevOps practices!!