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  • Do You Think Like a Lawyer, a Scientist, or an Engineer?

    Law, science, and engineering offer three distinct approaches to logical thinking. Each is important in different circumstances, and in practice, we can use all three. How much understanding and control do you have of a situation? Do you simply need to follow the rules? Are you operating in a world of uncertainty and volatility? Or are you building and defining the rules as you go along?

  • The Complexity of Product Management and Product Ownership

    Doug Talbot discusses the confusion surrounding Product Ownership / Product Management. He provides some advice on tackling the complexity of creating your own contextualised and personalised product value stream for your organisation or team and using systems thinking and Cynefin for complexity.

  • Resilience in Deep Systems

    Deep systems, with multiple layers of microservices, have special challenges, and handling them requires the right mindset and tools.

  • Understandability: The Most Important Metric You’re Not Tracking

    Understandability is the concept that a system should be presented so that an engineer can easily comprehend it. The more understandable a system is, the easier it will be for engineers to change it in a predictable and safe manner. A system is understandable if it meets the following criteria: complete, concise, clear, and organized.

  • Using Kanban with Overbård to Manage Development of Red Hat JBoss EAP

    As planning the work for Red Hat JBoss EAP became harder and harder, Red Hat decided to adopt Kanban to make their development process more manageable, while maintaining a very high level of quality. They introduced Kanban in their distributed team and developed their own Jira add-on for visualizing the work, and added parallel tasks to their Kanban cards to simplify the workflow.

  • Simplicity, Please - A Manifesto for Software Development

    An unrelenting and breathless rush to market is quietly driving your company to the brink of extinction. Maybe it’s time to rethink how you design and write code. Investment in simplicity is investment in speed. Simplicity is also the mother lode of intellectual property — and a competitive advantage almost impossible to regain once lost.

  • 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.

  • Are You the Barrier to Innovation?

    You've adopted technologies like SOA and microservices to keep your infrastructure future-proof. So why do you still struggle to innovate? It's not your technology - it's your culture. Rob Zazueta explains how focusing on an agile culture may be more beneficial for your organization than adopting the latest architectural trends.

  • Microservices from a Startup Perspective

    When starting a journey to microservices, knowing what to consider might be overwhelming. No golden rule that is easily applicable exists. Every journey is different, since every organization is facing different circumstances. In this article I am sharing some lessons learned and challenges from a startup perspective, and what I would do differently the next time introducing microservices.

  • Cynefin 101 – Shared Context and Sense Making

    The Cynefin model can be used in different ways; for categorisation which is useful from a situational perspective; for contextualisation which is useful in taking a rain check point and deciding what you want to do and also from a dynamics perspective. This article examines the situation where there is a need to make sense of situation as we have found that there are a large number of issues.

  • Cynefin 101 – Portfolio Management

    One of the core ideas of Cynefin is the use of safe-to-fail experiments to determine how you want to evolve the system. As Seneca the Younger said “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favourable”. This paper looks are the Cynefin practices related these experiments and the rigorous review of them.

  • Cynefin 101 – An Introduction

    This paper is to introduces the Cynefin model and its practices which can be used to address the uncertainty of the modern world. The practices that are introduced can be used to compliment traditional approaches to project, programme and portfolio management. This provides a more comprehensive approach that reflects the needs of management in an ever more uncertain world.


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