How to do fun and interesting executive dinners, round tables, etc. – online and in-person

Here’s what I’ve learned in doing 30 (maybe more like 40?) executive events in person and online over the past four or so years. Over my career, I’ve done these on and off, but it’s become a core part of my job since moving to EMEA to support Pivotal and now VMware Tanzu with executives. …

Trendz! Internal Developer Portals

Here’s a write-up from myself and JT of a new trend in the kubernetes/DevOps/app dev world: developer portals. With people building out the appdev layer on kubernetes (or “DevX”), many organizations are looking at how they support all the tools and internal community for developers. What’s interesting, and new, about projects like Backstage (now in …

Warm Smiles – a Fictional Case Study in Digital Transformation

I’m back to working on the ongoing book(let) project, The Legacy Trap. Marc has been adding in the real meat of the project, how the methodologies VMware Tanzu Labs uses for planning and doing application modernization, like Swift. Here’s a corny example story I wrote for the introduction, linking together business needs with worrying about legacy software. …

Creating new appdev capabilities

I like this point from a recent write-up of the US Army’s software development transformation: He added that the technology being developed is often secondary. "A lot of times, people get really caught up on what type of software you're developing, and we look at it as the software that we're developing is the intermediate …

Things that help companies get better at software

When we standardized and enforced controls in the CI/CD pipeline the quality improved dramatically. Everyone knew the standards they were held to.“Global Bank” Here is an April 2020 McKinsey report that tries to show a relationship between being good at software and making money. I don’t know math enough to judge these kinds of models (as …

Axe the intro paragraph analogy if you don’t refer back to it

Often, when you’re writing about tech stuff, you’ll make a reference to some mainstream culture thing. Well, or, like, science fiction, you know, I, Robot and stuff. You might also make an analogy to cars, road systems, whatever.  Here’s one making an analogy between traffic laws and enterprise governance: Dotting the landscapeof the world’s highways and freewaysare …

Monday Links

Getting Cloud Foundry on-top of kubernetes: Vision for CF on Kubernetes“More than 75 percent of businesses are now using multiple cloud providers, according to Gartner.” Multicloud, yes or no? Former PayPal head engineer weighs in.New CNCF kubernetes survey, haven’t dug into it yet. Here’s my write-up of the last one. Feels like just yesterday! I …

A Good “Platform” Diagram

I’m always looking for good diagrams of a “developer platform,” an “internal platform,” whatever you want to call that stuff you run on-top of kubernetes. Here’s a good one from Forrester, from a webinar I did with them earlier this year:

Make sure you’re actually doing CI/CD

https://youtu.be/yEEwTPOpSk8 Here is the transcript: Can you release your software daily? Probably not. How about monthly maybe, but if you're like most organizations, depending on which surveys you look like, it takes most people three months or more to release software. For example, in this Forrester one, you can see that most people are releasing …

Uses for Competitive Intelligence

Jordi asked about the usefulness of competitive intelligence (at software/cloud vendors) in the Software Defined Slack. Here’s what I added to the thread: I think competitive intelligence is least useful for product management. Innovation, talking to customers, and finding out sells and doesn’t sell from your salesforce is more interesting. Competitive intelligence is good for sales …

Urgency is the best path to change

https://youtu.be/U6kTjxB32vg Find more cute babies and nerd-talk in the Tanzu Talk playlist. Here is the transcript: People don't want to change Most people don't want to change. And why would they? Everything they've done to this point has been successful. Individuals are really looking to keep what they have stable. So when you're going in …

Submarine meeting

Though not much of a drinker himself, Clinton expressed amusement over Yeltsin’s alcoholism and noted that Boris was always an affable drunkard. Once, while presumably wasted, Yeltsin randomly called Clinton on the telephone and proposed they meet up for a secret summit on a submarine. — The Nineties: A Book by Chuck Klosterman https://a.co/eP8eNtQ