Author: Rick Garvin
Rick Garvin
Rick Garvin
10 Dec, 2019

7 Questions for Computer Security Incident Response

Preparing your business to protect against and be ready to respond to security incidents reduces your company’s risk. The business leadership has responsibilities that they must address to enable the technology team’s defense and response. Here are 7 questions you need to answer: What is a security incident? You...
Rick Garvin
Rick Garvin
25 Sep, 2019

Integrated Project Teams – 10 steps to building your company’s capabilities

Using consultants to address challenging technology problems gives you short-term acceleration. Integrating consultants with your tech team provides for continuous knowledge transfer, builds capabilities and maintains velocity after the consulting engagement. This approach avoids the consulting hangover that happens when your tech team does not retain the capabilities that...
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...
Rick Garvin
Rick Garvin
19 Apr, 2016

When a Great CTO Isn’t Enough: The Role of the VP of Engineering

In today’s fast moving tech world, great CTOs have achieved truly mythical status.  Think Adrian Cockroft, of Netflix, who drove Netflix’s cloud adoption for streaming video, or Werner Vogels, who invented and continues to build out Amazon Web Services, the world’s most successful Cloud platform.  Every CEO who is...
Rick Garvin
Rick Garvin
13 Oct, 2015

The Impact of Technical Debt: A Guide for Business Managers

Technical debt matters, because, sooner or later, it’s a drag on your business.  It’s expensive, it saps productivity, and it reduces business agility.  The more you understand about the technical debt you have in your business, the more you can minimize it. Why do software products and systems become harder...
Rick Garvin
Rick Garvin
17 Sep, 2015

The Seven Technology Pathologies that Can Sink Your Business and How to Fix Them

The pace of business change is not predictable. Technology systems and products must evolve rapidly enough to meet business demands and take advantage of opportunities. The symptoms of technology failures can manifest themselves throughout your organization, but all point to just a few root causes. Ten Mile Square calls...