Hi, I'm Michael. I build better IT teams and practices.
Even before the pandemic, the business environment was becoming increasingly complex and uncertain. We're experiencing ecological collapse, our growth-based economy is reaching its limits, there are demographic shifts, technological innovation has become a blur, "supply-chain" problems in far-off lands have far-reaching effects, and regulatory and security concerns continue to mount. In such an environment, planning is incredibly difficult and the ability to adjust is paramount.
The pandemic has only worsened the need for agility—with even the least volatile industries forced to change their services and practices. Given the omnipresence of technology and our utter dependency on data, changes in services and practices involve changes to an already-complex information technology environment that may include decades of legacy decisions and work-arounds. In this way, IT excellence has become central to business success. Yes it's trite, and in many cases even lamentable, but it's inescapable.
I assist firms by implementing new processes and technologies in delivering software and a stable production environment. As my case studies show, I tackle projects such as:
I've come to believe that the key to delivering technology is not striving for a perfect solution but rather adopting a culture that responds rapidly as requirements change. To this end I put a lot of energy into establishing a culture by which:
The software delivery field is becoming a profession. Established patterns with proven track records are emerging that are taking a lot of the mistakes, rework, and frustration out of the experience. The tools I employ include:
None of this is rocket science!
I have studied risk in an effort to understand the complexity and uncertainty that pervade so many business initiatives today. I find agility is key. By this I don't mean "Agile(tm) software practices" but rather a simple loop:
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