Topic: softwaredev

6 steps to upskill developers

When software engineering leaders need new skills, they often look to hire people who already have those skills. However, when it comes to modern cloud architectures and languages, those people are hard to find.  Recent Gartner research has found that there are a high number of open positions for people with advanced development skills, but … continue reading

Empower developers for broader role

As companies steadily move toward increased agility, the software supply chain can no longer afford to follow the old assembly-line model: Specialists who once focused their efforts solely on developing code have seen their roles expand to that of generalist. With governance, security and quality assurance professionals less commonplace in the industry, developers now integrate … continue reading

In project management, size does matter

There is a potential train wreck out there. According to the trade press and peer-reviewed journals alike, systems development is in trouble. The much revered, and equally reviled, Standish Group’s Chaos Report says that only about 30% of systems development projects succeed, 20% outright fail or are cancelled, and around 50% hobble along in some … continue reading

premium How training to run a marathon is like bringing a marathon project to the finish line

Anyone who has run a full marathon knows about “the wall,” also known as the point where runners feel like they can’t go any further. This happens when runners hit the 20-mile mark which for many is the most challenging part of the race––their bodies send signals like muscle cramps and fatigue as a cry … continue reading

Learning about your software progressively

Progressive delivery is the natural extension of continuous delivery but refines what it means to “deliver” because unlike the ‘big bang’ of an all-or-nothing release cutover, progressive delivery enables the business to gradually expose new functionality to limited numbers of users to assess the impact on user behavior and system health before expanding the release … continue reading

premium The critical standard for design thinking

Experience is top of mind for companies across many verticals, and for good reason—user experience is expected to replace price and product as the key brand differentiator by next year. Delivering remarkable experiences requires thoughtful experience design (XD)—driven by a human-centric approach to solving problems. When we talk about human-centric approach, we think about design … continue reading

Software stability predictions for 2020

Last December, I made some rather public declarations about which software stability trends we’d see this year. Turns out, I’m not half bad at stability predictions (although I’m unlikely to add “prognosticator” to my CV). Before I try my luck again and tackle 2020, here’s the round-up from last year, including my original predictions and … continue reading

How statistics can lead to a successful experiment

It’s human nature to want things to go your way; dropping little hints for your birthday presents, avoiding certain topics, even companies commissioning surveys tailored to provide results they want has been well documented. But on a more basic level, we subconsciously (and sometimes consciously) will try to influence variables to provide the results we … continue reading

Using analytics to place people in the right roles

Software development and IT teams use all manner of analytics, to assess work progress, feature use, application performance and so much more. Today, there comes an analytics solution that measures developer skills and roles, to make sure teams have what it takes to be more productive, speed organizational innovation and deliver great software. Pluralsight today … continue reading

LaunchDarkly closes $44 million in series C funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners

LaunchDarkly, a feature management platform that software teams use to build better software faster, today announced $44 million in Series C financing led by new investor Ethan Kurzweil from Bessemer Venture Partners. Existing investors, including Redpoint, Vertex Ventures, DFJ, and Uncork Capital, also participated in the round. The Series C capital will be invested in … continue reading

premium Making project management easier… for developers

In an effort to make it easier for developers to “work where they are” yet still get a bigger picture of enterprise projects and what’s coming down the pike, several project management tools providers are bringing their solutions down to the engineering level. These tools have been important for project managers, but three relatively new … continue reading

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