Posts in 2021
  • Measuring Goals

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 in 2021

    In my last post, we talked about common metric anti-patterns that are focused on the process instead of value. In this installment, we will cover alternatives that can help us remove waste and improve the flow of value. Defining Terms Goal: …

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  • The Thin Red Line

    Monday, February 08, 2021 in 2021

    I was speaking at a DevOps meetup in Finland recently and was asked, “what does DevOps mean to you?” I love that they started the conversation that way. DevOps no longer means Development and Infrastructure teams cooperating and it has …

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  • Metric Mythconceptions

    Monday, February 08, 2021 in 2021

    As we try to improve the flow of value to the end-user, the first item that usually gains focus is the productivity of development teams and how to measure it. I’d like to propose that productivity is measured by customer value delivery, not …

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  • Storytime

    Wednesday, January 27, 2021 in 2021

    The following is fantasy. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is coincidental. However, too many people live this. ScrummerFall Jackie is a buyer who needs better tools for forecasting demand so she can make better-informed decisions. She has a …

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  • Chaos Engineering

    Monday, January 25, 2021 in 2021

    Delivering value to the end-users means we need systems that are useful, secure, and resistant to the shark-filled acid bath of the cloud environment. Engineering for chaos is crucial. There are many resources that discuss the architectural concerns …

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  • Continuous Delivery FAQ

    Saturday, January 23, 2021 in 2021

    There are many misconceptions about CD. There are also many things about CD that are not obvious on the surface. If you are “CD curious”, perhaps this will help. “CI/CD or CD?” It’s just “CD”. Just as DevOps …

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  • The Value of Code Coverage

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 in 2021

    Code coverage is the measure of the amount of code being executed by tests. It’s an easy number to measure and a minimum value is frequently set as a goal. What is the actual value of code coverage? True story, I was once in an organization …

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  • Measuring to Fail

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 in 2021

    Are you leading teams and want to make sure they are productive? There are many ways to do that. Many are doing it incorrectly. It seems like I’m always talking about metrics. When I was first exploring how to grow continuous delivery as a …

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Posts in 2020
  • Holiday Special

    Friday, October 23, 2020 in 2020

    Ah, holiday traditions. Christmas carols, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, fruit cake, egg nog, and change feeze. It’s that time of year again where companies everywhere stop allowing production changes. Let’s chat about this. Change freeze, …

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  • The Only Metric That Matters

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 in 2020

    I’ve been a software engineer for a while. When I had the opportunity several years ago to help uncover the core practices needed for continuous delivery, one of the things we needed to know was how to measure the outcomes. There are a bunch …

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