DevOps Strategy Canvas – Accelerating Business Outcomes

The DevOps Strategy Canvas is a framework to help you maximise your business outcomes while addressing the needs of your DevOps journey. Despite wider adoption of DevOps in enterprises, DevOps strategy rarely gets discussed. Too often DevOps is considered a tooling topic relevant only to IT. The larger vision, business outcome etc. are rarely discussed. In my experience running DevOps engagements across large and small companies, I have come to conclusion that without a proper DevOps strategy, business outcomes would fall far from desired. The goal of this article is to provide enterprises, large and small, with a tool for creating a shared vision and unlocking the promise of DevOps. The tool I have created based on my 11 years of research and learning of DevOps in different roles and different regions. It's called DevOps Strategy Canvas - Accelerating Business Outcome (V1). I would keep on iterating the canvas based on feedback and learning ongoing. Image - DevOps Strategy Canvas by Sandeep...
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Want to transform fast? Stop doing all transformations in one go.

In today's super VUCA world, enterprises are facing a mandate to transform in order to meet the ever changing needs of customer / market. Whether it is about launching the next major phase in an organization, executing a new corporate strategy to achieve breakthrough performance, enabling a new executive leader to take charge, or integrating an acquisition—is fraught with challenges. Often we see that departmental silos, conflicting priorities and lack of aligned vision - leads to multiple transformations running in parallel creating a super busy work environment. Let's take an example of an organization "BusyBee Incorporation". Suppose that Human Resources introduces a new leadership transformation program for new age leadership. The CIO has already started a digital transformation initiative to modernise service offerings and customer experience. Marketing initiates a business agility transformation to cater for all business functions in a more nimble and agile manner. Manufacturing kicks off a Lean program that will eventually touch Marketing, Sales, and Finance. IT kicks...
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Why DevOps is hard – #SAFeSummit2018

I had the privilege to present my lightning talk at SAFe Summit 2018 Washington DC (https://2018.safesummit.com/sessions/lightning-talks-350pm-405pm/) on 04 Oct 2018. The lightning talks are engaging 15-minute presentations where SAFe summit attendees share their knowledge and experience with others. With a room full with SAFe practitioners, enthusiasts and learners, it was a great opportunity to demonstrate lessons learnt during various DevOps engagements in different industries and at different scales. Given the format of the talk, 15 mins was too short to cover such a broad topic. There were many attendees who had queued after the session to ask their questions / queries. We also exchanged ideas around how DevOps strategy could be a great topic for enterprises who are starting their agile transformation journey. It was a great experience, so much of energy and common interest in a single location. The details of talk is as follows: Title :"Why DevOps is hard" Abstract: Even since DevOps became mainstream,...
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Leadership for Banks of Future

Leadership for Banks of Future

Banks of future might not look like what they are today. When you hear the term "bank", the visual that comes to the mind is ATMs, Teller counters, Big buildings and Branch offices and so on. Will this be the trend going forward? - I doubt so. Banking is becoming personal and individualistic as we make our pass through the digital everything world. In my view the best banking experience in coming days would be when you have "NO BANKs" i.e. where people have access to financial tools without explicitly asking for it. The way we handle our finances becomes so intuitive and part of our daily life that we don't feel a need to go to bank anymore. Our needs are handled in a seamless way thorough a personalized experience. The banks of future would be those who truly embrace the cross-pollination of technology and human as one. And to visualize this you need new age leaders and a...
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Multi-Speed IT Environment – Lessons from field

Multi-Speed IT Environment – Lessons from field

In majority of phased enterprise agile transformation programs, Multi-speed IT is unavoidable. When I say Multi-speed IT, I refer to a world where agile and waterfall (legacy) initiatives co-exist and need to work hand in hand to deliver business outcomes. In last two decades, I had the opportunity to work with different enterprises in variety of industries helping their transformation journey. Every organization is different even if they operate in same industry. The business needs, enterprise portfolio and IT landscape vary from one organization to another. The agenda of transformation also differs from one to another resulting in different approaches, initiatives and timelines. No matter what the approach an organization adopts for transformation (change and growth), the journey from current state to future state requires innovative strategies to sustain business operations during the period of transformation. In real world, no system works in isolation i.e. agile initiatives depend on integration with traditional legacy systems and vice versa. The pace at which you can deliver value from your agile initiatives is usually limited by how fast your traditional...
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Win Your DevOps Conversation with Business Leaders

Win Your DevOps Conversation with Business Leaders

In today’s world, every business is driven by software. We are living in an era where technology drives behaviors, decisions and business outcomes. Any time you have an app or website or software element, software development becomes critical part of day-to-day business strategy — even for non-traditional software companies. Because of the mandatory role software development has taken on in everyday business, C-level executives are taking a deeper interest in how software can be delivered in an effective way. Before we begin dwelling into the specifics of DevOps, I would like to sincerely empathize with all these executives for their patience – they are the most bombarded targets with buzzwords by all consulting powerhouses, vendors and advisers. I truly appreciate their spirit to keep up with such adversities. Let’s get started! Irrespective of how you approach it, as a trusted adviser, it is an uphill task to get your message across in crowd of ‘buzzwords’, especially more so because human attention span is...
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Scaling DevOps – take a holistic approach to drive business value

Scaling DevOps – take a holistic approach to drive business value

The DevOps conversation with a senior executive:  Exec: We have best of the tools in world to cater for each stage of software lifecycle. We are very advanced in our DevOps journey. Me: Great to hear. Are you getting value out of these tools? How you are measuring success? Exec: I am not sure. There are teams who are using various tools and then there are some who are not. We are not consistent. I guess we are getting good returns in some areas and some are just getting started. Me: So, do we have a roadmap or guidance for teams around what tools to use and how these tools work together? Exec: We are open and flexible. We allow Developers and architects to recommend and use what works for them. We have a tools library but you can add to it if required. We don’t have a published guideline as such.  Me: That sound more like bring your own tools. Do you think teams know...
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Developer Happiness

Developer Happiness

I’ve had the pleasure of hiring and building high performing software engineering teams over a decade for multiple companies. These teams delivered great products and great value to businesses. I admire these teams not because the results they had produced, but how they worked together throughout the journey. Over these years, I have learnt the key to build great software is developer happiness. When your developers are happy, the engagement levels go high which results into higher outcome. A happy developer is far more productive than one who is not. It requires conscious and continuous efforts to keep a developer happy and ultimately raise the productivity of team. It is essential to understand that building software is a collaborative process – you need enthusiasm, inspiration and motivation of the team to be successful. Developer happiness is usually a by-product of how you manage and lead your developers. In many ways, managing a developer is just like managing any other employee. However, developer...
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Happy 20th Anniversary of Visual Studio! VS 2017 has landed!

Happy 20th Anniversary of Visual Studio! VS 2017 has landed!

Happy 20th Anniversary of Visual Studio! If you missed anything from the launch, catch up on all the news, the keynote, and technical sessions on demand. Watch now! Download Visual Studio 2017 Develop high quality apps for Android, iOS, Linux, Windows, Web, and the Cloud. Enhancements to code navigation, IntelliSense, refactoring, code fixes, debugging, and unit testing, saves you time and effort on everyday tasks regardless of language or platform. Download now  #vs2017 #VS2000VsVS2017 #ChangeIsConstant ...
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Get started with Application Insights for FREE

Get started with Application Insights for FREE

Application Insights Gain actionable insights through application performance management and instant analytics Detect and diagnose exceptions and application performance issues Monitor Azure websites, including those hosted in containers, plus websites on-premises and with other cloud providers Seamlessly integrate with your DevOps pipeline using Visual Studio Team Services, GitHub, and our webhooks Get started from within Visual Studio, or monitor existing apps without re-deploying Start free Pricing Options Application Insights offers two pricing options, Basic and Enterprise. Basic plan: you pay based on the volume of telemetry your application sends, with a 1 GB free allowance per month. This free data allowance gives you a great way to try out Application Insights as you get started, and it also allows you to use Application Insights for free on an ongoing basis for debugging and for low-volume applications. Enterprise plan: you pay for the number of nodes that host your application, and you get a daily allowance of data per node. Additional data beyond the daily allowance is charged...
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