Reliable Innovation

    Creativity is thinking up new ideas. Innovation is doing new things. — Theodore Levitt Working with financial, retail, and telecommunications over the past couple years as a consultant, I’ve seen a bi...

    Podcast: VP Engineering and Chief Architect at eBay Randy Shoup on Improving their Developer Velocity

    In our first “Hacking the Org” podcast, Charles Humble talks to Randy Shoup, VP Engineering and Chief Architect at eBay. They discuss how eBay’s architecture has evolved, discovering problems in engin...

    The Rockefeller Habits Applied: Managing Remote Teams in Scaling Organisations

    In March of 2020, which now seems like a lifetime ago, I gave a talk at QCon London called “Remote Working Approaches that Worked (And Some that Didn’t)”. By then I’d be working 100% remotely for ten ...

    Evolving Your Tech Org with Dynamic Reteaming

    Dynamic Reteaming is about the structural changing of teams as well as team dynamics and the feel and perception of those changes. Whilst proponents of Scrum tend to advocate for stable teams, the rea...

    Why It’s Great To Be a Consultant

    I spent 20 years slaving away at companies doing development, maintenance, troubleshooting, architecture, management, and whatever else needed doing. For all those years I was a permanent hire, workin...

    DevSecOps: Not the Tools, the Other Bits

    If you Google “DevSecOps”, and in particular if you read the typical security vendor blogs, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the term is all about automation and tooling. However, in much the same ...

    A Psychologist’s Guide to Reconstructing Work for a Virtual Future World

    In a large-scale study of almost 16,000 global leaders conducted by DDI in February 2021, only 1 in 5 rated themselves as effective in leading virtual teams, with the report stating “23% of leaders sa...

    Mending a Broken Psychological Contract: Understanding Liars and Ethical Dilemmas at Work

    Jack was delighted when he landed his ‘dream job’ for a large software company. It enabled him to work flexibly around the demands of his young family, with great colleagues, excellent progression and...

    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.