This is an attempt to write down the approach we are starting to formalise around our ‘squads’ — it is a work in progress but is starting to make sense.
I have been spending quite a bit of time trying to boil down my thinking about our approach to the alpha phase and I’m not sure it is always what the potential client wants to hear.
There are a bunch of heroes in the digital world that are held up as aspirational examples in conversations about digital business, technology and ways of working. Netflix, Spotify, Uber, Amazon and a host of our favourite characters, but these myths can become damaging fictions.
I am aware of my privilege and the last couple of years I have refused to speak on ‘manels’ and generally try to speak at events that try to deal with their diversity issues. I’ve been thinking this still isn’t quite enough so my idea for 2019 is that I am going to try and do ‘pair presenting’.
Kubernetes is hot right now. AWS has it, Google Cloud has it, Azure has it, DigitalOcean is doing it, heck even IBM is throwing its (red) hat in the ring. I’m still trying to answer a nagging question: what problem does it really solve and who actually has that problem?
Resource. If you stop and think about it, it’s a terrible way to speak about people. A resource is something you take and use. Applied to people, it carries dismissive and devaluing undertones. It’s not about lining up the right set of resources, but about connecting individuals to form a collective intelligence.