• Automate the Release and Focus on the Context

    Automate the Release and Focus on the Context

    Whether you are using Agile, Scrum, Waterfall, your own implementation, the last thing you want to be focused on is the collection and aggregation of data as it pertains to your release. The Data The hallmark of any process you are using is that the data should be easily consumable, aggregated, and rolled up into

  • Changing Your Team’s Direction

    Changing Your Team’s Direction

    If you think you can change your team’s behavior, direction, and course in thirty days and have them executing on that change – you need to reset your goals. Leadership is a long game, the more members on your team, the harder it becomes to implement the change you know that the team needs but

  • What’s In a Software Delivery Process?

    What’s In a Software Delivery Process?

    When crafting a Software Delivery Process for your team or organization it’s important to identify what you want it to be. I’m not talking about whether it’s agile, waterfall, or some other variant. I’m talking about what matters to the stakeholders of that process and those that are working within it. Some call these values,

  • The Healthy Happy Backlog

    The Healthy Happy Backlog

    Backlogs are at the heart of your Product Delivery Strategy. Simply put, they are a story of what happens next. Whether they be bugs, epics, features, or user stories – they are a collection of the ideas, suggestions, concepts, and future of the product you one day will build. When left disorganized, they are a

  • What’s the Story?

    What’s the Story?

    Requirements are about one thing and one thing only – the Story. If you can tell the story, the team will understand what you are asking for and know why they need to build it. Everything else between Epics, Features, User Storys, Product Backlog Items, Tickets, Issues, Work Items (the list goes on and on

  • The Tools Don’t Dictate the Outcome

    The Tools Don’t Dictate the Outcome

    Software is everywhere, helping us do many things we couldn’t do years ago. Thinking back to the early days with Source Control, VSS (Visual Source Safe) was my first introduction to source control and it looked something like that. Horrific I know, you should have tried branching with it (I said a prayer each time).

  • Leading Next vs Now

    Leading Next vs Now

    As Software Managers, you need to focus on the Now – your team and deliverables. That is where the immediate need is and where your focus should be (i.e., not in the cloud on some esoteric design of some component that may or may not be used by a customer at some point in time

  • Customizing your Azure DevOps Experience

    When you navigate to the Areas and Iterations section of your DevOps Administration you might have noticed a small blue bar at the top of the screen that indicates whether you would like to customize your work item types. In previous incarnations of Azure DevOps, this was a painful exercise as you had to run

  • Implementing Azure Data Factory Nodes

    Recently I was working with a client to troubleshoot some Azure Data Factory connection issues with an on-premise runtime when connected to Dynamics365 Linked Service. Part of that implementation required setting up the runtime as an on-premise implementation. The primary difference between an on-premise and azure runtime is that the on-premise is deployed as a

  • Planning with Azure DevOps

    Planning with Azure DevOps

    Azure DevOps is a great tool for managing your backlog and what your team is focused on “Now”. And although it’s not a project planning tool per se, many a software development team relies on the metrics that come from these systems to answer the following questions to our teams at large; Who is working


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