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CIOs Crack Open the ‘Black Box’ of Tech Productivity

June 3, 2019 — The Wall Street Journal

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In Others' Words: Building engineering excellence at Shutterstock
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In Others' Words: Building engineering excellence at Shutterstock

When Anthony Cardone was first hired at Shutterstock a little under four years ago, his role was supposed to be program management—to work with teams...

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Making the case for more people
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Making the case for more people

“Why aren’t we moving faster?” It’s a question, sometimes with an expletive attached, that rings in lots of leaders’ ears. The old engineering joke...

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Plea from HR: how can we help engineers shine?
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Plea from HR: how can we help engineers shine?

A couple of weeks ago, at the invitation of the Gartner Research Board, I spoke to a group of human resources executives from some of the biggest...

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Ten questions every CTO should be able to answer
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Ten questions every CTO should be able to answer

I recently sat down with Jeff Epstein, an operating partner at Bessemer Venture Partners and former CFO of Oracle. The aim of Pinpoint is to use data...

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Five signs of a healthy sprint
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Five signs of a healthy sprint

Let’s start with the basic idea. Sprints are a good way to plan work because they’re bounded by a short duration. What can we get done in three...

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Why data science isn't just Business Intelligence 2.0
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Why data science isn't just Business Intelligence 2.0

Data: the stuff that anchors our decision-making in some kind of empirical reality, instead of pure instinct or gut feel.

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Calculating the cost of legacy code
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Calculating the cost of legacy code

Technical debt is one of those broad engineering matters that everyone agrees should be addressed, but which contains so many flavors and...

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Pinpoint: Optimizing software development team performance

March 18, 2019 — Intellyx

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Can software engineering be measured?
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Can software engineering be measured?

Initiatives to measure software development are a source of all kinds of engineering misery. Measures, metrics, OKRs, KPIs...the work to define these...

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Estimating is a fool’s errand. There’s a better way.
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Estimating is a fool’s errand. There’s a better way.

As Yogi Berra said, "It’s difficult to make predictions, especially about the future." Hard to argue with—particularly if you work in software...

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Using the software “pipeline” to unlock engineering performance
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Using the software “pipeline” to unlock engineering performance

This post is adapted from a talk I gave at DevExecWorld in San Francisco, titled: “In a World of Data Science, Why is So Much of Engineering Still...

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