Category: Blog
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
23 Jan, 2018

A Cross-Functional Team Conversation

Have you ever been part of a conversation that goes something like this? Sales We can’t sell the product as is. It has to have this list of features to get customers to buy. We’ve promised these to the customers, but they keep not...
Bill Lenoir
Bill Lenoir
16 Jan, 2018

The Value of a Technology Assessment

I know what I know if you know what I mean Edie Brickell & New Bohemians We sometimes get pushback when we suggest conducting a Technology Assessment. “I already know where I am, I need you to tell me where to go.” And I get it. You’re really busy...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
09 Jan, 2018

Seven Resolutions for 2018

Last year I wrote a post about embracing resolutions around this time. I thought to do a similar post this year, but update it for 2018. However, as I look over the list of things that I thought would be important to focus on in 2017, I realize that these...
Laurie Barth
Laurie Barth
19 Dec, 2017

The Tablecloth Trick:
How to Modernize Legacy Software

Change is constant. Your business priorities shift, personnel come and go, and the technology you built your product with evolves over time. You’ve built a great product and your customers love it. They love it so much, they may not want to see it change. The longer you put...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
12 Dec, 2017

Learning Cultures: Beyond Agile

“Agile” has dominated the conversational, transformational, and practical aspects of technology development for over a decade now, and its history is littered with failures every bit as grand as the classic waterfall failures that came before. Wasn’t “agile” supposed to be better? To discover the root of the problem,...
Jason Mao
Jason Mao
05 Dec, 2017

Cloud Native Changes Everything

It’s December 2017. You’ve probably already migrated your legacy infrastructure to the cloud, got yelled at by your CFO for ever increasing cloud provider bills, and started to recognize that operating an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) vendor like a data center isn’t working out. You want to start fresh and build...
Ho Ro
Ho Ro
28 Nov, 2017

Smash Technical Debt

We know technical debt is bad. As Rick Garvin wrote in Headwinds: Legacy Technology’s Invisible Drag, it “can reduce your company’s velocity, productivity and agility.” But how can you deal with it? The Ten Mile Square approach is to make it part of your design and planning activities. Arm...
Bill Lenoir
Bill Lenoir
21 Nov, 2017

Giving Thanks for Lessons Documented

Just as with Thanksgiving dinner, your business may have tasks that occur on a regular basis, but not often enough for people to remember how to do them. A simple checklist is enough to prevent the heartburn of relearning hard lessons. Keep It Simple The documentation doesn’t have to...
Gherman Medovets
Gherman Medovets
14 Nov, 2017

The Annual Checkup

Why You Need an Objective Assessment Just as you go to the doctor to check for hidden health issues each year, you need a regular checkup for your technology and technical operation’s health. It’s a comprehensive assessment of your information technology, policies, procedures, practices, and business processes. And, like...
Rick Garvin
Rick Garvin
07 Nov, 2017

Headwinds: Legacy Technology’s Invisible Drag

Like a beautiful sailboat covered in barnacles below the waterline, obsolescent legacy technology can reduce your company’s velocity, productivity and agility. Your technology investment needs to address modernizing your legacy technology as well as new products and features. Technical Debt Matters Sooner or later, technical debt will be a...


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