Webinar: How to Measure Developer Productivity with Metrics and More

Sep 13 – How to Measure Developer Productivity with Metrics and More

Coming up soon I’ll be moderating a panel about developer metrics. We’ll have three actual practitioners, so what I’m looking forward to is how they actually apply and don’t apply the common DevOps-y metrics, how they put them in place, and how they use them to make the human situation better. Register for it and watch for free!

Also, if you miss the actual date, you can watch the replay.

Register: Sep 13 – How to Measure Developer Productivity with Metrics and More

[Link] Quiet quitting is a trend taking over TikTok and possibly your workplace – “pro-boss propaganda”

The idea that you should only do the work you’re paid to do, and instead take all that extra work and time to focus on yourself and family. The argument against this (that you should still put in 110%, instead of just 100% or even 80%) is: “It’s part of an overwhelming trend of pro-boss propaganda, trying to frame workers that don’t do free work for their bosses as somehow stealing from the company”

Original source: Quiet quitting is a trend taking over TikTok and possibly your workplace – “pro-boss propaganda”

[Link] Anthony Bourdain How to Travel – Anthony Bourdain on How to Fly

Much advice around, of course, food. Turning away the airplane food is a good idea. On longer flights, brining some of your own food is probably a good idea – one I haven’t really figured out too well. That said the food in business class is just fine. Getting sleeping pills would be great, but how does one do that?

Original source: Anthony Bourdain How to Travel – Anthony Bourdain on How to Fly

[Link] “sex with a squid”

For these conversations to be robust, children have to be interested enough to want to pick up the book in the first place. Children’s literature is increasingly diverse and many books now raise these issues, but some of them are hopelessly ruined by good intentions. I don’t find piousness and pedagogy interesting in art, and neither do children. Hergé’s work is deeply flawed, and yet riveting narratively and aesthetically. I have forgotten all the well-intentioned, moralistic children’s literature that I have read, but I haven’t forgotten Hergé.

Also: “Honestly,” she said, “all I remember is when the sympathizer has sex with a squid.”

Original source: “sex with a squid”

[Link] Gartner Blog Network

Big sales deals require aligning all the different people at the buyer. With IT stuff, there’s always conflicting priorities and desires across different groups. When they don’t align, it drives 6+ months of delay to the sale. Worse, post-sale you’ll have trouble showing value (leading to renewal, buying again, expansion) as those teams battle it out when it comes to using your stuff.

Original source: Gartner Blog Network

How to learn cloud native? Check out VMware Explore 2022

If you’re doing anything with programming, apps, or the software you build and use to run your organization, check out the sessions we have at VMware Explore 2022, coming up August 29th to September 1st. (It’s the new name for VMworld, same conference, though.)

Browse the content catalog, and register if you’re interested.

Do Less Than You Think

Overly ambitious aspirations often fail. Scale back your digital transformation dreams to starts small, learn, grow, repeat.


06 – Big Bang Releases

The sixth reason why changing, how you do software at large organizations usually fails: doing way too much at once, the big bang release.

Oftentimes, when you’re changing, how you do software at a large organization, you wanna have a big successful release. You’ve got a lot to change hundreds, if not thousands of teams, and you’re investing a lot of time and money and attention from a corporate perspective. So what you really wanna do is build up a case that it’s gonna have a huge impact and it’s worth going through all of this risk and change.

So you build a business case that includes transforming nearly everything within at least a couple of years. The problem here is that until you start changing things, you’re not gonna learn what works and doesn’t work in your organization.

It’s not gonna all go according to the books and the fancy conference talks you’ve seen. You’re gonna have to find the people, the processes, the software, what your customers think. Many things are gonna be unique to your organization, the processes, the cultures that are set up.

You need to start small and ramp up as you learn more to more. and That’s gonna be the way that you actually control risk and costs.

The CI/CD Bottleneck

Don’t have real CI/CD in place? Check out the Tanzu Application Platform.


05 – No CI/CD

14 reasons why your digital transformation strategy probably will go poorly: the fifth reason.

You probably don’t have true continuous integration and continuous deployment in place. What this means is that you’re not only automating the way that you build your software, that you test your software, that you even make the images or the package of the software to be deployed continuous integration.

But that you also don’t have a way of automating getting that software to production, setting up all the configuration needed the infrastructure, the storage, the compute, the networking, all the other middleware. That’s gonna be used setting up all the infrastructure that’s needed to run that software in production and also having the configuration that goes with it.

And even the monitoring and the instrumentation that you’re gonna need. You’ve gotta think about the entire process that it takes from idea to that code running in production and find all the things that are going in the handoffs between there, you’ve got a bunch of boxes and arrows. And what I find is that people optimize those boxes, but they don’t really think about the arrows, the handoffs and how long it takes to get between them.

So the first thing that you should do is look through that flow of things and find out where the wait times are. What’s taking a long time. Good luck!.

The 14 reason out of 14 that getting better at software and large organizations often doesn’t work out. And that is that you can’t actually change the organization. Whenever you’re getting better at software. You’re often moving from a project based way of doing things where people are assigned features and wire frames, and they just do that and deliver it.

And it’s someone else’s responsibility to make sure it’s successful, evolve it and even run it. However, in a more product way of doing software, the way that really good companies do it. That team that builds the software is responsible for it over the lifetime of the software. They actually write the software and observe if it’s solving problems that people have.

If it’s actually meeting the objectives, the business goals, uh, that people have, what this means is that you’re gonna need to change the organization around to reflect that responsibility that they have. Those teams have to be unified across the life of the software, interact with the business side.

Even interact with customers more and observe them and see what they’re doing, which is not usually the organization structure that you find in most it departments and large organizations. So make sure you can change that organization structure around and start planning on how you’re gonna be doing that.

If you’re improving the way you’re doing software in a large organization.