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Government: Why it’s important, now more than ever, to optimize digital user experience


When the Australian Federal Government set its 2025 vision to be a world leader in the delivery of digital services, nobody predicted the coronavirus pandemic was around the corner. Dynatrace news.

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If there was ever a good time to be sure you have good governance, this is it

The Agile Manager

Since 2006, I've written multiple blog posts , a few articles and self-published an e-book on governing investments in strategic software. In practice, software development governance is clubby, even more clubby than most corporate boards where the CEO has hand-picked the directors.

Governing IT Investments

The Agile Manager

In the previous blog , we looked at common misconceptions of IT governance. We also looked at how corporate governance works to better understand what governance is and is not. In this blog, we'll look at how we can implement more comprehensive governance in tech projects. For corporate tech investments, the top most governing body is the firm's investment committee. People who govern delivery do so on behalf of investors, not delivery.

Can we stop misusing the word "Governance"?

The Agile Manager

The word "governance" is misused in IT, particularly in software development. Governance is neither of these things. By extension, this makes it a form of self-regulation, and defines governance as nothing more than a fancy word for management. This body doesn't govern. The second interpretation relegates governance to an overhead role that polices the organization, searching for violations of rules and policies. Well, what does it mean to govern?

Regulatory Capture and IT Governance

The Agile Manager

Industries are regulated by governments so that companies don't compromise the public interest. In the same way, we have governance within businesses to make sure that management doesn't compromise the interest of investors. And just as it is with businesses in a regulated industry, management of a well-governed business may have a set of priorities that are perfectly justifiable in management's context, but are orthogonal to investor's interests.

Activist Investing in Strategic Software Chapter 1 Excerpt - Why Governance Matters

The Agile Manager

Here's an excerpt from Chapter 1, Why Governance Matters. * * * That there are abundant examples of bad governance but few examples of good ones comes as no surprise. What passes for "good" in governance is not all that remarkable. People in governance roles are expected to discharge their duties competently; meeting expectation is not exceptional. Hence we have few examples of good governance but many examples of bad. IT Governance Strategic IT

Join Your Peers at an Agile Governance or Budgeting Event In October

The Agile Manager

We’re pleased to present Real Time Governance , a follow-on webinar that extends the concepts to their next stage of evolution. I’ve had the opportunity to present the Governance material with my ThoughtWorks colleagues Jane Robarts and David Leigh-Fellows in Calgary, Toronto (which was recorded and is available on InfoQ ) and San Francisco. Agile Management IT Governance Leadership PMO Strategic ITOctober is normally a heads-down month.

I'll be Gone, You'll be Gone

The Agile Manager

The Financial Times recently ran a long article describing the breakdown of governance over the Crossrail development , the first new underground railway in London in over a century. Good governance is usually only appreciable by its absence, but the Crossrail case allows a before / after contrast between the presence of good and, after the sacking of a key board member, the presence of bad. As a case study in governance, the FT article is an analysis very much worth reading.

Performance reality check: 4 ways to keep up with unexpected surges

TechBeacon Testing

From online retail to finance, and from streaming entertainment to healthcare providers and agencies, all manner of businesses and government entities have seen their web traffic and app activity explode.

Activist Investing in Strategic Software

The Agile Manager

A few years ago, I felt I had enough experience - and had put enough thought into the subject - to write a book on governance in software development. I had observed that most tech firms and captive IT organizations are largely left to self-govern, and both are pretty light touch about it. I had also observed that governance is widely misunderstood and the term is used in technology in a lot of different ways, almost universally incorrectly. IT Governance Strategic IT

Improving Neo4J OGM Performance


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What is Greenplum Database? Intro to the Big Data Database


The advanced analytics provided by Greenplum is being used across many verticals, including finance, manufacturing, automotive, government, energy, education, retail, and so on, to address a wide variety of problems.

The new normal of digital experience delivery – lessons learned from monitoring mission-critical websites during COVID-19


Over the last two month s, w e’ve monito red key sites and applications across industries that have been receiving surges in traffic , including government, health insurance, retail, banking, and media. state governments and global COVID -19 portals . Dynatrace news.

How to Optimize Elasticsearch for Better Search Performance


In today's world, data is generated in high volumes and to make something out of it, extracted data is needed to be transformed, stored, maintained, governed and analyzed.


The Agile Manager

There is no law or reason governing why I was there at the moment the battery exploded, or for the battery to have exploded at precisely that moment. The landscape of strategic software investing and governance is riddled with speculation. IT Governance Risk ManagementEarlier this year, my house should have burned to the ground. A CR2032 battery exploded and caught fire in a confined place dense with flammable objects.

The AWS GovCloud (US) Region - All Things Distributed

All Things Distributed

This new region, which is located on the West Coast of the US, helps US government agencies and contractors move more of their workloads to the cloud by implementing a number of US government-specific regulatory requirements. Our government customers sometimes have an additional layer of regulatory requirements given that they at times deal with highly sensitive information, such as defense-related data. Government and Big Data. All Things Distributed.

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In Tech, Portfolio Management is a Metaphor, Not a Way of Life

The Agile Manager

A few years ago, I wrote about the chronic misuse of the word "governance" in technology. When we think in shareholder activism terms, we understand the importance of good governance structures and mechanics, and the need for diligence by those investing in the business through technology. IT Governance Strategic ITThe word "portfolio" is suffering the same fate.

The Persistent Imbalance Between Supply and Demand for Software Development Labor

The Agile Manager

As it happens, it will go largely unnoticed because neither the concept of technical debt nor its commercial ramifications are well understood by the (average) business buyer of software, and because IT governance remains weak in practice. IT Finance IT Governance Strategic ITThe growth in demand for software has consistently outpaced the growth in the supply of software developers. This has been the case for well over half a century. It's worth looking at why.

Webinar: Being an Activist Investor in IT Projects

The Agile Manager

An ounce of good governance is worth a pound of project rescue. Agile practices, with their emphasis on transparency, business alignment and technical completion, are enablers of better IT governance. An Agile organization needs a new approach to governance, one that makes everybody think not as caretakers of a project but investors in a business outcome. What you will learn What are the principles of IT governance? What kind of governance does Agile enable and demand?

Spinnaker Sets Sail to the Continuous Delivery Foundation

The Netflix TechBlog

At the Spinnaker Summit in 2018, we announced that we had adopted a formalized project governance plan with Google. Spinnaker’s previously defined governance policy remains in place.

Helping your digital services run optimally for your customers and employees during COVID-19


Government agencies coping with COVID-19. With increased social distancing, a US Government customer prepared for an unprecedented increase in teleworking by stress-testing their Citrix remote environment. Dynatrace news.

How Amazon is solving big-data challenges with data lakes

All Things Distributed

A data lake is a centralized secure repository that allows you to store, govern, discover, and share all of your structured and unstructured data at any scale.

Deploying AI powered software intelligence in environments with technical or regulatory constraints


Federal Sales Engineer, I often find myself explaining to government customers that Dynatrace provides Software Intelligence in your data center or on-prem cloud environment, monitoring all your mission-critical systems and bringing automatic, context-aware AI power in house. Dynatrace news.

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I’m thinking here of sites for places like health departments (and pretty much all government services), hospitals and clinics, utility services, food delivery and ordering, and I’m sure there are more that haven’t occurred to me.

New Product Release: What’s New in Tasktop Hub 20.2


You can create complex rules that govern field flow using any artifact fields from the source collection. Tasktop’s latest product release—Tasktop Hub 20.2—is

Resiliency, Not Predictability

The Agile Manager

A steady diet of reliable data about the software we're developing and how the delivery of that software is progressing allow a steering committee to continuously and fluidly perform its governance obligations. This, in turn, gives us information to act on the last governance responsibility, which we do by changing team structure, composition and even leadership, and working with the investment committee to maintain viability of the investment itself.

Rules versus Results

The Agile Manager

We assume, not only that good procedure will give rise to good outcome, but also that the ability to articulate the procedure is the key to good outcomes. -- John Kay, writing in the Financial Times A common error in both the management and governance of IT is an over-reliance on rules, process and "best practices" that portend to give us a means for modeling and controlling delivery. Best practices" are held out as the basis of IT governance. Agile Management IT Governance

Expanding the cloud to the Middle East: Introducing the AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region

All Things Distributed

Starting today, developers, startups, and enterprises, as well as government, education, and non-profit organizations can run their applications and serve end users across the region from data centers located in the Middle East.

COVID-19 and Digital Services: An Action Plan for the Unexpected


While most government agencies and commercial enterprises have digital services in place, the current volume of usage — including traffic to critical employment, health and retail/eCommerce services — has reached levels that many organizations have never seen before or tested against.

The Great Firewall of China: Obstacles to Monitoring Performance


Since the majority of gadgets are produced in China, the government of China has collaborated with the manufacturers of mobile phones, tablets, and laptops to customize operating systems, such as Windows, Android, and IOS, based on the Great Firewall’s internet security guidelines.

Expanding the Cloud – The Second AWS GovCloud (US) Region, AWS GovCloud (US-East)

All Things Distributed

In 2011, AWS was the first cloud provider to launch an isolated infrastructure Region designed to meet the stringent requirements of government agencies and other highly regulated industries when it opened the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region.

The Corrosive Effects of Complexity

The Agile Manager

IT Governance Leadership"Much complexity has been deliberately created, to encourage consumers to pay more than they need, or expected." John Kay, The Wrong Sort of Competition in Energy Modern software assets are complex in both their technical composition and their means of creation.

Business Cases: Simplicity over Sophistry

The Agile Manager

Beyond just being a rational thing to do, policy dictates that we have a business case: the rules governing capitalization require that we explicitly define what we expect to achieve, at what cost, for what benefit, over what time. A good business case is critical to governance, portfolio management and execution. IT Governance Strategic IT

Trust, but Verify

The Agile Manager

IT Governance Strategic IT“If a builder builds a house for a man and does not make its construction firm, and the house which he has built collapses and causes the death of the owner of the house, that builder shall be put to death.” Clearly, the Babylonians understood that the builder will always know more about the risks than the client, and can hide fragilities and improve his profitability by cutting corners—in, say, the foundation.

Strategic Software Investing: Chase the Ends, Not the Means

The Agile Manager

IT Governance Risk Management Strategic ITWhen a company engages in custom software development, it is making an investment into itself. Company executives decide to convert capital into software because they believe that the resulting software will make the business better. How we make that investment decision is crucial to the success of the investment. Our first investment decision is based solely on an idea.

Annual Budgeting and Agile IT, Part II: Why Agile Gets Compromised When It Goes Corporate

The Agile Manager

The rules governing capital expenditure are pretty strict. The annual budgeting cycle that still governs companies sets an expectation that operations, IT included, will perform consistently with a big, up-front plan. IT Governance Restructuring IT Strategic ITIn the first installment , we had a look at how the CFO is primarily concerned with consistent cash flow so that the business can service long-term financing obligations.

End to End Testing – What is it?


Take an example of a website which has sales, when things are brought or sold, a certain percentage amount is paid as government taxes and other things. What is End to End Testing? End to end testing is an important technique used to validate the flow of an application from start to finish.

Mitigating Corporate Financial Risks of Lean IT

The Agile Manager

Whether our business is govered by GAAP or IAS , the rules that govern capitalization of intangible assets such as software require us to define our investment intention. Finally, and most importantly, we’ve learned that Agile IT requires Agile governance. Agile Management IT Governance Risk ManagementIt's pretty well established that Agile and Lean IT are more operationally efficient than traditional IT. Agile teams tend to commit fewer unforced errors, and don't defer work.

Are You Ready to Restructure?

The Agile Manager

This, in turn, means that businesses are being completely restructured in how they are capitalized, organized, managed and governed. One covers challenge of change management during restructure , the other governing restructure. Agile Management Change Management IT Governance Restructuring ITGlobal business faces unprecedented changes.

Business Value is a Weak Currency

The Agile Manager

IT Governance Strategic ITInvestments in infrastructure, whether public transport or IT applications, tend to lack hard numbers because they are a means to an end and not an end in themselves. We have transport to enable people to travel to work and allow goods to reach markets. Captive IT departments produce systems that enable us to conduct business faster and more efficiently and at larger scale. In the absence of hard measures, we concoct soft ones.

Restructuring IT: Organizing for Results

The Agile Manager

Instead of sending round reams of paperwork for PMs to fill out in little more than CYA exercises, what if we were able to govern IT non-invasively, ascertaining from our delivery teams whether they’re delivering value for money, and working in accordance with expectations?

The Agile PMO: Becoming a Real Time PMO

The Agile Manager

This makes us more effective at governing IT : By reconciling actual results with our business cases, we know the in-flight NPV we’re tracking toward. Agile Management IT Governance PMO

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