No Crystal Ball Needed: Jez Humble Shares Trick to Predicting High IT
It didn’t hit me until after a second viewing of Jez Humble’s recent
webinar with Perforce that his ways to predict high IT performance aren’t
just a neat party trick; they’re absolutely essential. The days of bugs
making it into production, distrust between departments, and delayed fixes
and releases are becoming a thing of the past, at least among “high
performers” of the world.
And as the complexity of software grows year after year, being able to
accurately predict success may be the only way to actually achieve it.
Jez lists the following must-haves for anyone looking to consistently
guarantee a high level of IT performance:
Peer-reviewed change approval process Version control everything Proactive
monitoring High-trust organizational culture Win-win relationship between Dev
The Ethics of Cloud Computing - Part 3
This is the final chapter in Seth Payne's three-part series. Click here
to read Part One or Part Two.
Where Do These Ethical Principles Come From?
As I mentioned above, I find that understanding the "why" of moral and
ethical behavior is just as important as knowing "what" moral behavior is
expected. For this reason, I will briefly outline the origins of the
ethical principles I have outlined above.
Broadly speaking, ethical and moral philosophy is dominated by two schools of
thought. On the one hand sit deontologists. Deontology is th... (more)
We might start seeing a decline in the number of articles that simply
state that cloud computing is “on the rise.” Of course it is.
Forrester’s James Staten recently pointed out that that with all of the
advantages that cloud computing provides, “it will increasingly be
difficult to justify not leveraging cloud services.”
Staten does describe the “hypergrowth” that cloud computing is currently
experiencing, but he takes it a very necessary step further by detailing what
specific aspects of the cloud are providing the greatest value, and are
thereby experiencing the most success... (more)
Will DevOps Become the Norm?
All prognosticators, even us who simply roll out a single annual list, hope
for two things: one, that your predictions get a lot of traction and shares
across the industry, and two, that you end up actually being correct.
Anil Batra’s list of 2014 predictions has turned a lot of heads, largely
due to the fact that he led off with such a bold one. “DevOps teams become
the norm, not the exception.” While you would imagine that the DevOps
faithful and its believers would be the biggest fans of this coming true this
year, I would argue that it’s software ... (more)
By now we’ve seen plenty of cost justification on the efficiency of using
cloud infrastructure. You can easily Google “Cloud Computing Value” and
get a stack of analyst and vendor reports. Or just pop open Amazon’s AWS
value calculator and plug in some numbers. There are huge one-time and
recurring IT cost savings to be realized by moving on-premise systems to
So we get a better deal on compute cost with cloud. That’s something. Now
let’s wring value out of one the most expensive and high-risk IT
activities: software development and testing.
Software devel... (more)