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Mik Kersten

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I've long taken inspiration from Peter Drucker's caution that "if you can't measure it, you can't manage it." It's no wonder that leaders of business disciplines such as HR, finance, marketing and sales consistently use metrics, reports and dashboards to assess their business and aid in decision-making. The software industry is starting to go through a similar profound transformation in our understanding of the use of metrics to better understand the business implications of how software is built. But before this transformation can succeed, we have to work through some pretty big shortcomings in how we determine the types of insights we wish to receive, how we select the analytics necessary to receive those insights and how to capture and manipulate the data to present those analytics. Exactly 40 years have passed since Fredrick Brooks cautioned that measuring sof... (more)

Focusing on JEE Java Development: Mylyn and Spring

As developers, we're familiar with the endless pains that result from maintaining overly complex systems. Some complexity is accidental, so we continually strive to remove its overhead from our application. The latest crop of frameworks and dynamic languages has demonstrated just how far simple implementations can go. However, many applications have an essential complexity that cannot be further reduced without sacrificing end-user functionality or integration. When trying to figure out how we make our workdays easier and our programming hours more effective, the key questions w... (more)

Lean Transformation Predictions | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #Microservices

Over the course of 2015 I was exposed to many companies going through Lean software delivery transformations - some very successful, but many less so. Having this visibility into the software lifecycle architecture of such a broad range of the world's leading organizations was eye opening. Here's what I found: most leading IT organizations are going through some kind of Lean transformation. The ones that succeed in accelerating software delivery will thrive. Those that fail will fall behind. And those that take no action, but continue down the complacent road of delivering softwar... (more)

Your Car and the Future of Software Delivery | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #ML #DevOps

If you're looking to predict how things should work in the future, start by looking in the right places in the present. Innovations in technology, management and collaboration that will change the way we work are already up and running in visionary organizations. Ever since reading Robert Charette's IEEE article titled This Car Runs on Code, I've been fascinated by the fact that the 100 million lines of code in cars represents one of the most complex software artifacts that we interact with day-to-day. That falls just above the number of lines of code you will find in Mac OS X, a... (more)