Ian Miell

    Ian Miell
    Ian Miell is a Partner at Container Solutions.
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    Is Agility Related to Commitment?

    Previously, I wrote about how a software company’s cultural challenges can be traced back to how money flows through it, using the example of an ‘accidental product’ B2B type of business that tries to...

    If You Want to Transform IT, Start with Finance

    tl;dr – ‘Money Flows Rule Everything Around Me’

    How To Waste Hundreds of Millions on Your IT Transformation

    You’re a few years into your tenure as CEO of Vandelay Industries, a behemoth in the transpondsting space that’s existed for many decades.

    When Should I Interrupt Someone?

    How many times have you sat there trying to work through a technical problem, and thought:

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    GitOps Decisions: Creating a Mature Pipeline

    GitOps is the latest hot trend in the software delivery space, following (and extending) on older trends such as DevOps, infrastructure as code, and CI/CD. So you’ve read up on GitOps, you’ve bought i...

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    What We've Learned from Launching a Runbooks Project

    Back in 2017, I wrote on my personal blog about Things I Learned Managing Site Reliability for Some of the World’s Busiest Gambling Sites. A lot of it focussed on runbooks, or checklists, or whatever ...

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    Riding the Tiger: Lessons Learned Implementing Istio

    Recently I (along with a few others much smarter than me) had occasion to implement a ‘real’ production system with Istio, running on a managed cloud-provided Kubernetes service. 

    How to Break the ‘Curse of Plenty’: Part 2, Patterns to Reduce Risk

    In Part 1 of this series on management transformation patterns, we looked at how the ‘Curse of Plenty’—the complacency that can accompany prosperity—can reduce your appetite for the hard work of trans...

    Management Transformation Patterns: Part 1, The 'Curse of Plenty'

    In medieval times, there was a mythical land of Cockaigne in popular culture that served as a fantasy for the hungry masses. In this land, physical comforts were always available, and the harshness of...