Here’s the recording of the webinar:
I gave a talk at Gartner AADI, US going over the need for organizations to become good at software (you know, our usual thing at Pivotal) and some thinking we have about the three pillars of becoming a software defined business (software defined delivery, DevOps, and microservices) as well as the “contracts and promises” way of looking at what Pivotal Cloud Foundry does. I manage to jam it all into 30 minutes. Here’s the abstract:
If software is eating the world, software capability is the disruptor’s advantage and the disrupted’s vulnerability. Continuous Delivery, Microservices and DevOps are three labels that describe aspects of the same phenomena; the principles and practices of high performing organizations that deliver highly available software, rapidly, at scale. This presentation catalogs the capabilities that allow organizations to move quickly, reliably and economically in an end-to-end infrastructure-to-application platform; these Cloud Native advantages outlined as promises and contracts.
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As a reminder, there’s a prose version of the talk available as well in one of my FierceDevOps columns, and here’s the slides.
Check out my love affair with “uh” in the begining, I think it clears up a bit at the end.
I’m often asked for my perspective on the PaaS market, since I used to cover that as an analyst. For reference, here’s a brief overview. Of course I think Cloud Foundry and Pivotal play a big role in it, otherwise, why would I be here? ;>
My latest Pivotal blog post is up, it re-caps a presentation I did recently covering what “the market” is doing with continuous delivery.
There’s a lot of opportunity, the glass is half full. See the slides over in my previous post on this talk.
Also, check out the recording of the full talk (it has some bonus material on containers recent role in CD) from HeavyBit, embedded above.
Title: Coté Memo #032: when to have an executive summary
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Come hear me yammer on about DevOps: I’ll be in Chicago (Sep 23rd) and Toronto (Nov 18th) giving my DevOps and cloud talk with TechTarget
Tech & Work World
There’s an SDN “summit” put on by the OMG two weeks from now in Austin. It has several Dell folks speaking. It should be interesting if you’re in the area. I’m planning on going.
Cisco and Red Hat partner on OpenStack – looks like Dell isn’t the only one now.
When to use an executive summary slide
I don’t like “agenda” and “exec summary” slides. There are many reasons, some of them: it’s takes up a slide, just wait and you’ll find out, meetings often never leave that slide. White-collar folks love using them though, so I’ve learned most of the tactics and tricks, of course, as should you. But, when you can choose to, ditch them.
Sidebar: I recall that in one critical cloud meeting at Dell filled with high-ranking brass and such we didn’t moved past the cover slide for half the meeting. We didn’t even get to the executive summary. That’s the kind of thing you deal with in PowerPoint, room full of executive land. It turned out to be a good meeting, but you know, be ready to spend weeks on slides and then not really use them.
Anyhow. I was doing some follow-on bullet-proofing/polishing of a client’s presentation today and wrote this on when to use “executive summaries” in presentations intended for analysts:
For something like [the topic being discussed in the presentation], it’s good to have an “executive summary” slide as a defensive move. Right away if I’m an analyst I’m going to ask a bunch of “have you considered this? how about this?” type questions which you’ll probably answer in the presentation. In the first slide put up an executive summary whose first effect is to demonstrate the breadth of what you have and whose second effect is to make sure the analyst shuts up long enough so you can tell the story. (Normally I don’t like executive summaries, but with the introduction of a new thing where the audience thinks they’re much smarter than you, they’re good.)
That’s a good tip beyond analysts as well if you feel like you’ll be in a similarly combative situation with your, you know, “deck.”
If you like “tips on dealing with analysts,” check out the recording of the talk on that topic I gave at HeavyBit at the beginning of this year. (It was a reprise of a 2008 talk I did, long ago.) It’s targeted at startups, but the majority of it applies to companies of all sizes.
Fun & IRL
Not really much. Gotta stop typing so I can get to it.
Kim and I had Amazon Prime in 2011 and we were trying to figure out if we should renew. I did a quick analysis. We’ve had it many years, and got it free the last two years. I think it’s worth paying for.