The top lesson that Cockcroft learned at Netflix is that speed wins in the marketplace. If you ask any developer whether a slower development process is better, no one ever says yes. Nor do management or customers ever complain that your development cycle is too fast for them. The need for speed doesn’t just apply to tech companies, either: as software becomes increasingly ubiquitous on the Internet of Things – in cars, appliances, and sensors as well as mobile devices – companies that didn’t used to do software development at all now find that their success depends on being good at it.
As IMA found in its recently released 2014 Salary Survey, salaries remained stagnant or declined for accounting and finance professionals in traditional areas of responsibility, such as taxation and audit. The finance function is evolving and CFOs are expected to know more about the trends affecting businesses today, including big data and technological innovations. I recently spoke with Krish Venkataraman, CFO and COO, of Syncsort about this “new breed” of CFOs.
Organizations may build their businesses on data, but they don’t necessarily manage it well. That’s why Chief Data Officers (CDO) can play a valuable role in helping the organization value its data across the enterprise.
Despite all the user stories, research, and testing, it’s almost impossible know if you’re building the right thing… until people use it. Mikey’s approach—hack first, engineer later—is really refreshing. It allows for a better understanding of the process and requirements. “This is a prototype, it’s ok if it breaks” vs “This is a business requirement, and a feature we’re going to be supporting forever.” The challenge becomes to build a culture of trust that assures that everyone on the team has an understanding of the constraints of each. When a hacked-together feature breaks, it’s expected.
In my career, I’ve noticed many small and un-expensive features that didn’t find their way into the Sprint backlog because they didn’t provide business value. However, they provided plenty of ROI during the life of the application, but that was completely overlooked due to short-sighted objectives (set by short-sighted management).
The RELENG workshop series aims to provide a highly interactive forum for researchers and practitioners in release engineering to: (1) make researchers aware of the challenges and research opportunities for modern release engineering, and practitioners of the latest research results; (2) share experiences with practical approaches, tools, methods and techniques that are enabling rapid, robust deployment, and (3) build and maintain connections between the different communities.