134 episodes

Providing advice on how to get the best Return On Investment from your Software Development.
Hosted by Mark Taylor of Red Folder Consultancy, this series is targeted at those that fund software development in improving their return on investment.
Through a series of short weekly podcasts, Mark explores and explains why "traditional" management techniques will not only produce poor returns, but actively encourage it.
Find out more about Red Folder Consultancy, or sign up to their mailing list at https://red-folder.com.
Or reach out to Mark on Twitter @redfoldermark

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Providing advice on how to get the best Return On Investment from your Software Development.
Hosted by Mark Taylor of Red Folder Consultancy, this series is targeted at those that fund software development in improving their return on investment.
Through a series of short weekly podcasts, Mark explores and explains why "traditional" management techniques will not only produce poor returns, but actively encourage it.
Find out more about Red Folder Consultancy, or sign up to their mailing list at https://red-folder.com.
Or reach out to Mark on Twitter @redfoldermark

    #133: DevOps Topologies - Anti-Types

    #133: DevOps Topologies - Anti-Types

    In this episode I want to talk about the team structures discussed on https://web.devopstopologies.com/ - with a focus this week on the anti-types.

    The devopstopologies.com website is based on the work by Matthew Skelton & Manuel Pais. I introduced Matthew and Manual as authors of the Team Topologies book in the last episode.  The work is a pre-cursor to the Team Topologies book - and work that I feel stands on its own two feet - with a specific look into how teams should work together to gain benefits from DevOps.

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    • 11 min
    #132: Inverse Conway Maneuver

    #132: Inverse Conway Maneuver

    In the last episode, I introduced "Conway's Law" - an observation of how our organisational structures influence our software structures.

    In this episode, I want to talk about how we can utilise this law when we want to improve problems in our software structures - commonly referred to as the "Inverse Conway Maneuver".

    Why you might be interested in this episode:


    A recap of Conway's Law and the negatives you may be observing
    How the same law can be used to re-organise our teams to improve on those negatives
    Ideas from the "Team Topologies" book which build on this to define 4 team types and 3 team interaction modes for improving the flow of our software change

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    • 10 min
    #131: Conway's Law

    #131: Conway's Law

    In this episode, I introduce Conway's Law, which talks about how our software structures will reflect the structures of the organisations that create them.

    Why you might be Interested in this episode:


    Why our organisational structures affect software structure
    The history of "Conway's Law"
    The negatives that the Law can help us highlight
    And why the adoption of Microservices and small Cross Functional Teams helps to alleviate those negatives

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    • 7 min
    #130: To Checklist or not to Checklist

    #130: To Checklist or not to Checklist

    This episode, I want to take a look at Checklists - when to use and when not to.

    Much of this episode is inspired by the Sight Reliability Engineering practices that come out of Google.

    Why you might be interested in this episode


    The value of a checklist
    Situations where it is appropriate
    And situations where it isn't

    CORRECTION: During the episode I refer to "The Manifest Checklist" - this should have been "The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right" by Atul Gawande

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    • 8 min
    #129: Handling Failure

    #129: Handling Failure

    Failure in our software systems is inevitable - be it a failing hard drive, broken network cable, power outage, virus, or simply a bug in the code.

    "Hope is not a strategy" - thus we need to think about how we handle that failure.

    Why you might be interesting in this episode:


    The differences between how failures impact our traditional monolith applications and the more modern distributed application
    To gain an understanding of the terms like Graceful Degredation, Cascading Failure, The Retry software pattern, The Circuit Breaker software pattern, and Deadline Propagation
    And advice on how to find opportunities to use them

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    • 14 min
    #128: Error Budgets

    #128: Error Budgets

    In this episode, I take a look at "Error Budgets"

    Much of this episode is inspired by the Sight Reliability Engineering practices that come out of Google

    Why you might be interested in this episode:


    You want to understand what "Error Budgets" means?
    You're struggling to prioritise effectively between feature development, defects, risk and debt
    You want to see how "Error Budgets" can help you with that prioritisation

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    • 9 min

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