Sony IT Insider Claims Hack Not From North Korea

One of the contacts, who just happens to work at Sony, reached out to me this week and urged me to “blog to the world what really happened” and that the recent hack on Sony was not perpetrated by the North Korean government, but was one of a series of attacks that have been going on “for over two years”. According to my source, these recent attacks were part of a longer term “series of snooping breaches” that included “successful DDoS (denial of service) attacks during the World Cup based on Sony sponsorship of FIFA.” Read More →


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Technical Debt: What It Is and Why You Should Care

I was recently invited to write an article about technical debt for Software Development Times (SD Times). My personal experience is that technical debt is rarely understood, especially by our business partners, and is a symptom of the continual misapplication of project-centric thinking in software development. – Larry Apke


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Deming, Agile and SAFe

This week was a big week in my quest for lifelong learning – one in which the learning should prove beneficial to my furtherance of agile values and principles; a week that I think I will think of a the week of Deming since I completed my reading of two of Deming’s books – Out of the Crisis and The Essential Deming – and I also completed my Scaling Agile Framework (SAFe) training in which I saw Deming’s face and quotes about a half a dozen times. SAFe itself can be thought of more of a homage to Deming’s work … Read More →


How I Know You Are Flailing at Agile

As a consultant I try my best to keep abreast of industry trends in technology and software development. Often one of the best ways to observe trends is to check out job boards to see what positions are being posted. For example, job postings can show trends in programming languages. You can see which companies are trying to make Agile transformations (How many big financial companies can hire multiple coaches in Foster City?). You can see which companies have caught the “DevOps” bug and you can tell which companies are flailing and failing their Agile transformations. How can I tell … Read More →


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Managers from Hell and Agile Transformation

“Here’s something they’ll probably never teach you in business school: The single biggest decision you make in your job — bigger than all of the rest — is who you name manager. When you name the wrong person manager, nothing fixes that bad decision. Not compensation, not benefits — nothing.” Jim Clifton, Chairman and CEO, Gallup – State of the American Workplace A few months back I stumbled onto some research done by Gallup on employee engagement quoted from above. I would like to say that their findings were shocking, but having been an Agile Coach at many large organizations, I … Read More →


Too Many Bright Shiny Objects (BSOs)

  As an Agile Coach who has worked at his fair share of large companies, I spend a lot of time researching what can go wrong with an Agile transition. One of the things that I don’t recall being mentioned is the sheer number of projects that some companies try to run concurrently. I have actually worked at more than one company that bragged about how many projects they were able to juggle at one time. These organizations are great at starting work, but very poor at delivering work as if there were some kind of incentive for the number … Read More →