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  • What Leaders Can Learn from Computer Games

    Has the question ever crossed your mind why computer games are often more successful than leaders? Probably not, as this comparison may sound a little strange and provocative at first. However, when you hear the answer, this comparison will make much more sense to you, especially since it reveals a significant success factor for leadership, as well as agility.

  • Increasing Developer Effectiveness by Optimizing Feedback Loops

    We can think of engineering as a series of feedback loops: simple tasks that developers do and then validate to get feedback, which might be by a colleague, a system (i.e. an automation) or an end user. Using a framework of feedback loops we have a way of measuring and prioritizing the improvements we need to do to optimize developer effectiveness.

  • Meeting the Challenges of Disrupted Operations: Sustained Adaptability for Organizational Resilience

    The first article in a series on how software companies adapted and continue to adapt to enhance their resilience starts by laying a foundation for thinking about organizational resilience. It looks at what organizations can do structurally during surprising and disruptive events to establish conditions that help engineering teams adapt in practice and in real time as disruptive events occur.

  • Sooner, Safer, Happier: a Q&A with Jon Smart from DevOps Enterprise Summit Las Vegas 2020

    At DevOps Enterprise Summit Las Vegas, Jonathan Smart gave a keynote talk titled ‘Leading for Better Value Sooner Safer Happier’. Smart is the only person who has spoken at every DevOps Enterprise Summit London conference and each time in Las Vegas since 2017, previously from his role as head of ways of working at Barclays.

  • A Framework for Emergent Strategy

    Many business leaders are not skilled or experienced strategists, but those skills are more crucial than ever. Strategic patterns can speed the creation of new strategies, and give novice strategists the benefit of knowledge they haven’t had time to build on their own. Jamie Dobson of Container Solutions shows how strategic patterns can give you the planning tools you need now.

  • The Selfish Meme: How Organisational Memes Define Culture

    The Selfish Meme is a mental model that allows us to build a framework around some tools and techniques that might help us to guide positive cultural change within an organisation. Frequently, we have to battle against the organisation itself and the “Corporate Immune System”. Sometimes we managed to “win” the battles and the war and effect positive and lasting change.

  • Q&A on The Host Leadership Field Book

    The Host Leadership Field Book: Building Engagement for Performance and Results provides 30 cases and experiences from people who are applying host leadership in different settings. The book emerged from the 2019 Host Leadership Gathering, and was edited by Mark McKergow and Pierluigi Pugliese.

  • Q&A on the Book EDGE: Value-Driven Digital Transformation

    In the book EDGE: Value-driven Digital Transformation, the authors explain why and how every business today needs to become a digital business with technology at the core. They explain six principles and a variety of practices that organisations can apply to survive and thrive on the creative edge where value is generated.

  • Author Q&A: Chief Joy Officer

    Richard Sheridan has released his next book: Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear. Building on the concepts from his first book, he provides practical advice for leaders who want to cultivate a culture of joy in their organization. He defines Joy as the satisfaction of a job well done, of building products that people love to use, with teamwork and trust.

  • Author Q&A: From Hierarchy to High Performance

    In a new book From Hierarchy to High Performance, the authors provide a series of essays designed to help “Unleash the Hidden Superpowers of Ordinary People to Realize Extraordinary Results”. The premise of the book is that the management structures and employee engagement systems that most organizations apply are not (may never have really been) relevant and useful for the 21st century.

  • New Enterprise Decision-Making - Dealing with Uncertainty

    Decision making is not usually a simple activity and is rarely easy. Alex da Costa presents some ideas and tips that may help make the process a little easier and more objective. He provides some guidance on what things to consider, which ways to evaluate decision making criteria depending on the scope of the decision and the organisation the decision is being made for.

  • Evaluating Hyperledger Composer

    Hyperledger Composer is a new open source project which makes it easy for developers to write chaincode for Hyperledger Fabric and the decentralized applications (DApps) that can call them. This article summarizes a technical evaluation of the performance characteristics of using Composer in a test application.