Microsoft Azure: Service levels to accommodate your needs

Azure is a cloud computing environment that has grown in size and demand over the time, it was first released in 2010 under the name Windows Azure. Later, in 2014, it was renamed to Microsoft Azure. It has a robust, web browser based dashboard that will let you administer all of your cloud resources as well as an extension of PowerShell cmdlets (command line executables) to facilitate resource management and DevOps tasks. It offers multi-platform solutions and different service levels that will accommodate the needs of most companies in a pay-as-you-go schema, moving from Capital Expenditure (CapEx) to Operation Expenditure (OpEx). Read More Microsoft Azure: Service levels to accommodate your needs

Are you Agile, or Fragile?

Many organizations are transitioning to Agile as their preferred lifecycle model for software development.  Transitions were directed due to inability for former methods to lead to successful results.  After being brought in to help manage a portfolio of projects in several organizations, there were some disturbing trends when using Agile:

  • Software was delivered, but the users found the software to be unusable.
  • Consultants developed the software, then left. The organization staff had no idea how to maintain the software.
  • A number of application projects were completed. Each had a different architecture and set of tools required to build and maintain the application.
  • Projects were being reported to governance teams with scheduled dates, yet there were no apparent requirements, use cases, user stories, backlog or other lists that might indicate what is being built.
  • Management was completely at a loss about how to resource projects since many seemed to be ongoing forever without completion.

There were some exceptions; however, the preponderance of software development initiatives that succeeded were very small in scope and constituted a low percentage of overall projects required for customers.  There was some information available within the organizations that indicated a process was initiated to convert from a traditional (Waterfall) lifecycle to the Agile lifecycle.  Many of the benefits of Agile, however, were not being demonstrated by the activity taking place.  What happened?

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.NET Core and Microservices, an Introduction

Development does not happen on one single platform in today’s environment. Microsoft .NET has evolved in the last two decades to allow for a full cross platform development. Microsoft has introduced .NET Core to its .NET ecosystem, a fork from existing .Net Framework to develop a new framework that is very much portable across various platforms.

Applications targeting .NET Core can easily run on Windows, Linus and macOS, at the same time Microsoft is committed to keep as an open source platform model. Microsoft .NET Core framework should not be viewed as a replacement to .NET framework. Applications using Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Workflow Foundation (WF), Windows Forms and other libraries not currently supported by .Net core will continue to use .NET Framework.

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Myths about the role of the Scrum Master

Myth: The Scrum Master is just another way of saying Project Manager

Not only do both roles do completely different things, but generally a Project Manager has a hierarchical role above the team, something that is not true of a Scrum Master.

Myth: The Scrum Master is the leader of the Scrum Team

The Scrum Master is not a Project Manager and does not have a higher role than the Scrum Team than the rest of the team.  This is a common myth that can lead to disaster when adopting Scrum.   It is human nature to look for someone to lead a group.  Scrum teams are self-managed and decide how they are going to work and what rules (in addition to those imposed by Scrum) will be established.

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How can Enterprise Architects provide high value services

Now that Enterprise Architecture has run its course to establish enterprise standards, the struggle has been to get effective use from them.  Many public sector organizations are moving beyond the build stage of EA representations to establish services for continuous enablement of business needs.  After all, while documentation took place, the enterprise had often moved on to many changes that have never been captured.
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