The Secret to Fast, Reliable Builds – Part 1

Parallel execution is a popular technique for reducing software build length, and for good reason. These days, multi-core computers have become standard — even my laptop has four cores — so there’s horsepower to spare. And it’s “falling over easy” to implement: just slap a “-j” onto your make command-line,...

Electric Cloud at Euca Social 2011

Mike Maciag presented at our partner Eucalyptus event recently. Enjoy the video of the presentation.   Euca Social 2011 - Electric Cloud - Mike Maciag, CEO from Eucalyptus Systems, Inc. on Vimeo....

Agile Won’t Scale Without Automation: Limited Insight

This is part five of a five part series where we will present five distinct challenges that if left unaddressed will drastically reduce an organization’s ability to gain the benefits promised by a move to Agile development methods. It’s a sad fact that in most enterprises, the process of building,...

My Not-So-Secret Secrets to Management Success: Respect

Hugely important, mutual respect makes it possible to work together efficiently. Respect yourself, your coworkers, and your customers. Expect the same from everyone on your team, and help those who run into any difficulties with that. Any feedback is of course welcome (I sure hope my team won't correct me...

My Not-So-Secret Secrets to Management Success: Empowerment

Team members are empowered to make their own decisions where appropriate and know when to consult. I personally don't care for micro management (too much work for me), so when choosing members for my team I look for people with a strong sense of personal accountability who drive towards finding...

My Not-So-Secret Secrets to Management Success: Goals

In many organizations, there’s too much talk about setting goals and not enough doing it. Everybody needs to clearly understand the overall goal, and what they can do to help move forward with that goal. And let's be clear... the overarching goal is to allow for my early retirement at...

My Not-So-Secret Secrets to Management Success

So, while I was counting and assigning bugs in Jira, I started to wonder... What makes our development team (well... probably any team) successful? Aside from me being an awesome manager dude (with tie-dye t-shirts and all), the obvious answer is: people. Now that we’ve taken care of that platitude,...

Agile Won’t Scale Without Automation: Disparate Techniques

This is part four of a five part series where we will present five distinct challenges that if left unaddressed will drastically reduce an organization’s ability to gain the benefits promised by a move to Agile development methods. Even in the most rigid, hierarchical organizations, there’s a good chance that...

Do the Right Things Right, and Fast

Michael Dubakov at TargetProcess makes a great philosophical as well as technical case for where the craftsmanship of software development must head in 2011 and beyond, and I love it. Basically, it’s about doing the right things right, and fast. That may sound simple but I agree with Michael, on...

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