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Deliver Better Software by Using a DevOps Scorecard

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  Oct 23, 2018 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Though a consistent definition of DevOps can be hard to come by, one thing we can all agree on is that the goal is to improve software delivery performance. While the desired outcome is clear, the path to achieving it is a bit hazy. As a practitioner of EOS, the Entrepreneurial Operating System developed by Gino Wickman, Author of Traction, Get a Grip on Your Business, we’ve realized the value that a scorecard adds towards identifying and measuring the key actions that will make our vision reality.

In this article, we provide an overview of the scorecard tool and outline some ways it helps us deliver 99.99 software.

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2 Key Insights About Choosing a Software Engineer Career Path

[fa icon="user"] Greta Kelly [fa icon="calendar"]  Aug 1, 2018 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

I was recently invited to be on an alumni panel at my alma mater, Notre Dame, to mentor first-year students considering joining the Computer Science and Engineering program. After having been a developer for over five years, becoming a parent, and assisting DragonSpears to recruit new talent, I had two key insights to share about choosing a software engineer career path.

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DragonSpears is a CIOReview Top 20 Most Promising DevOps Provider!

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Jun 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 2 Comments

We are excited and honored to be recognized for our commitment to using DevOps, cloud, and Agile practices to build software that solves organizational problems! In our recent CIOReview featured article, I discuss our processes and approach in more detail, including how our core values drive us to help companies align IT and the business to efficiently achieve their software development goals.

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Strengthen Your Agile Team by Encouraging Community Service

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  May 16, 2018 12:00:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

In today’s digital world, connections seem more likely to be made via an app or mobile device. Couple that with being part of an agile team, and chances are your focus on speed and efficiency leads you to prefer online collaboration rather than taking the extra time for meaningful face to face interactions. However, if you have ever read Dan Buettner’s book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From People Who’ve Lived the Longest, you know that “purpose and love are essential ingredients in all Blue Zone recipes for longevity.” You can’t pursue either without building and nurturing community and relationships.

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Fundamental Leadership Tools for Progressive Agile Organizations

[fa icon="user"] Natalie Lopez [fa icon="calendar"]  Apr 17, 2018 10:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Whether you are an entrepreneur starting a new business, an intrapreneur developing a new department, or you simply have a vested interest in your organization’s success, I have the blueprint for becoming a healthy Agile organization. When embarking on something new, mistakes and setbacks are bound to happen. But if someone developed a toolset that would help you achieve traction towards your vision sooner, wouldn’t you use it? Gino Wickman’s book, Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business (2011) and his corresponding Entrepreneurial Operating System, has become our go-to playbook for becoming a high functioning Agile organization. In this article, I’ve included the top 5 reasons I love the EOS system.

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