Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity. So, why did I spend most weekends yelling, threatening, bargaining, cajoling, and pleading for chores to get done instead of enjoying a peaceful respite from work and savoring quality time with my family? We spend so much of our lives with work and life comingling and yet, it hadn’t occurred to me that there could be lessons from the workplace that could be applied at home and vice versa. I started to wonder, how can I use what I know about employee motivation and project management techniques to make Saturdays less chaotic and more enjoyable?
Progress, not perfection. Large-scale culture shifts are made from a series of small-scale adjustments that accumulate over time. It’s unrealistic to expect people to instantly break old habits and adopt a DevOps model overnight. Here are a few quick wins that can be implemented at the team level for more efficiency now and to bring others on board with driving change.
According to the Harvard Business Review, “Every business is, willingly or unwillingly, a competitor on a software playing field, no matter which sector it’s in.” Consequently, the overarching goal for businesses today is to leverage software in a way that increases speed to market, improves customer satisfaction, and allows you to become more responsive to customers’ needs. To achieve all this, there must be a framework that supports a culture of innovation and shortens the time from identifying an opportunity or challenge to acting. This is where Agile, DevOps, and Cloud come into the picture. This article shows how each supports the other to create the perfect synergy for 99.99 software.
High performing teams regularly accomplish the impossible. They are the engines of innovation. Unfortunately, they are far too rare. A study in the Harvard Business Review estimated that three out of four cross-functional teams are actually dysfunctional. The study found that these teams most often fail to meet organizational expectations due to:
Complex software projects have no shortage of moving pieces, making the Agile methodology a logical approach to keep everyone heading in the right direction. Though there are several roles on a scrum team, there is only one that provides the “single source of truth.” Within the Scrum framework, the scrum product owner is THE key stakeholder of a project. But what does this really mean? And most importantly, what makes a great product owner?