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...

Electric Cloud Customer Summit 2011 Stats

Did you know that almost 25 of the people at this year's summit had been to at least one summit before? Building on the statistics we posted previously, Eric Melski's done some deep analysis of the 2011 Electric Cloud Customer Summit over on his blog. Eric pulled together lots of...

Agile Won’t Scale Without Automation: Error-Prone Processes

This is part three 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. There are many explanations why manually initiated, slow-running build-test-deploy procedures are much...

ElectricAccelerator 6.0

Electric Cloud proudly announced ElectricAccelerator 6.0 last week. Eric Melski, ElectricAccelerator Architect, gives us a rundown of the major new features: http://blog.melski.net/2011/10/13/whats-new-in-electricaccelerator-6-0/...

EC Summit 2011

Last week was the 2011 Electric Cloud Summit and we had a great turn out. It was a three day (1 day of training and 2 days of speakers) event at the Downtown San Jose Fairmont. The event by the numbers: 150+ registrants (50 increase from last year) 130+ participants...

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