The Business Bottleneck

Small batch risk vs. waterfall risk

This is a new book I’m working on, addressed more broadly than just IT.

From my intro:

If you want to be like a tech company, you should, well, be like a tech company.

This report is my second attempt to help explain what that means. My previous book, Monolithic Transformation was written for IT executives, managers, and staff as a quick manifesto and manual for changing how they build and run software. I started writing notes for this book as I encountered a new problem: The Business. This book is addressed to people outside of the IT department who want to understand and help move along digital transformation at their organization. As ever, what I mean by “digital transformation” is improving the way you do software to improve your business. Of course, this book should also be useful for IT people who want to understand and work with their business counterpoints. Ideally, there would be no, or very little, distinction between the two as you’ll read below.

This book has has four sections. First, I explain a way of thinking about software and how its built that’s more accurate to the true nature of software. This model of software informs how the rest of the enterprise should adapt to benefit from software’s inherent agility. Next, I look at how the finance department should change to align better with the true nature of software. I do the same with the strategy department. Finally, the last section lays out tasks that the corporate leaders in business and IT should prioritize and tackle. Each section is supported by small and larger case studies to illustrate the thinking and tactics.

You can check out the draft in progress. Hopefully it’ll be out in early 2020.

Digital WTF

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There’s plenty of people telling you why digital transformation, DevOps, agile, and cloud are good. When you’re finished being inspired, this book is waiting for you, like a forgotten twenty dollar bill in that lambskin trucker jacket you haven’t worn in 16 years.

You can get it from leanpub for $15.

Forewarded, graciously, by John Willis.

JAAS in Action

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Travel back to 2005 and read about the fascinating world of identity and access management in Java: JAAS!

The publisher passed on actually publishing this book because there didn’t seem to be enough market demand for a $50 book on the topic. Which, you know, was probably the right call. But now you can read it all the years later!