Unless you have some really great connections, every type of debt I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with has come with some sort of interest payment. If your company has adopted Agile software development methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, XP, etc), but is only delivering software on a quarterly basis (or less often), chances are that you are paying a ‘release debt’ with interest.

If the concept of ‘technical debt’ could be overly simplified as ‘stuff that you’ve been meaning to fix‘, then you could easily view release debt as ‘stuff that you’ve been meaning to deploy‘.Continue reading

The current project I’m on is finding a path to adopting DevOps in an enterprise environment. The weeks of preparation, pitch to directors, and executive management is in the past, I’ve received the necessary approval to proceed without any limitations (outside of additional authority to actually enforce change). Still need to persuade each product group to see the light and change on their own, while guiding them down a yellow brick road.

News had spread a little that we got the green light, and some individual contributors in the company were interested in what DevOps was really all about. There is as much curiosity in learning more about it as there was fear of job loss from the change, even though no headcount modifications were even in the pitch. The only changes we suggested were lateral moves in the existing reporting structure.Continue reading