a fly on the wall view of some key problems with delivering software and databases

Most blogs about software delivery are written by software developers or 'DevOps' types. This is logical, but sometimes it helps to take a step back. This blog is from the perspective of someone who is not a developer, but who works with many of them at a variety of organisations. From this perspective some patterns jump out, even to the untrained eye. Sometimes the solutions are obvious, if only it was possible to look at them from a different angle.

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#iceBucketChallenge

I’m taking a slight diversion from the usual theme of this blog. My wonderful friend, @uongy, to whom I bear no resentment, none at all, challenged my wife and I to do the ice bucket challenge. I would like to take a moment to thank my beautiful sister, to whom I have no bad feelings towards either, none at all, for…

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DBAs: Relax! (Part 2) Automated Deployment does not mean what you think it means.

This post leads on from DBAs: Relax! (Part 1) where I discussed Continuous Integration (CI). In this post I’m going to discuss Automated Deployment, Continuous Delivery and Continuous Deployment and the very important, and often overlooked, differences between what these terms actually mean. Let’s re-vist the workshop where Tom and I were teaching about a dozen SQL Server professionals how…

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Don’t be a brick in the wall – Part 2

So – my prediction wasn’t far off… About three weeks before the world cup started, I posted an observation that footballers know more about teamwork than IT guys. I predicted that the world cup final would be a match between Brazil and Argentina and I imagined what would happen if the Brazilian team acted like a traditional IT team, with…

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Does automation result in job cuts?

Despite this blog largely being about technology, I often talk about people. This is because Continuous Delivery (CD) is not just a tool – it is a mind-set. If the people are not on board, you won’t get anywhere. The trouble is, people tend to have a polarised opinions about CD. Individuals often either love it or hate it. This…

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Woodland creature story sizing in practice

Today was my last day in Oslo, a chance to reflect on NDC and spend some time with the people I met. I had the pleasure of spending my last day with @toddhgardner, @mgasca, @reverentgeek and @timgthomas. Somewhere between the Maritime museum and the Viking museum we got talking about estimating, velocity and feature sizing. I mentioned that some time last…