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The crooked timber of humanity | 1843
"The world’s first national data network was constructed in France during the 1790s. It was a mechanical telegraph system, consisting of chains of towers, each of which had a system of movable wooden arms on top."
history  crime  security  hacking  dopost  networks 
2 days ago by niksilver
Slack’s Stewart Butterfield on coping with rapid growth | Financial Times
"Trust is like “gravity”, he says, “it falls off very quickly”."
trust  slack  interview  leadership  dopost 
3 days ago by niksilver
Why automated continuous integration is a must for microservices success
"Microservice architectures put a tremendous amount of pressure on the testing infrastructure. You need to have a good CI strategy and automated testing harness to make sure that you can test all the edge cases and all the different integration points between the services."
microservices  continuous_deployment  testing  automation  dopost  advice 
6 days ago by niksilver
MicroservicePrerequisites
"...with microservices there are serious consequences for operations[...]. Consequently if you don't have certain baseline competencies, you shouldn't consider using the microservice style."
advice  micropayments  dopost 
16 days ago by niksilver
Should we “tear up the risk appetite” statement? | Norman Marks on Governance, Risk Management, and Audit
"[Lauren Gow says] A risk appetite document is a vertical silo tool. And it is being used during a period when most businesses are pushing for more horizontal, integrated ways of working."
risk_management  dopost 
27 days ago by niksilver
Elon Musk wants to crowdsource truth, but that’s not how the internet works - The Verge
"[Elon Musk's] Pravda is not just a bad idea; it’s a dangerous one for the internet, truth, and democracy. Let me explain why."
truth  crowdsourcing  propaganda  analysis  dopost 
29 days ago by niksilver
Carillion - Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Work and Pensions Committees - House of Commons
"Carillion’s rise and spectacular fall was a story of recklessness, hubris and greed. Its business model was a relentless dash for cash, driven by acquisitions, rising debt, expansion into new markets and exploitation of suppliers."
carrillion  report  dopost  risk_management  failure 
5 weeks ago by niksilver
Let’s play the blame game! Never In The Office
"Dammit, I’m the boss. I’m in charge and I’m in control! If I say we don’t have a blame culture, we don’t have one. If you don’t agree, then you’re the problem. In other words it’s your fault!"
blame  working_practices  dopost 
5 weeks ago by niksilver
In the lab with Xbox’s new Adaptive Controller, which may change gaming forever | Ars Technica
"When it came to designing a more accessible controller, though, members of the design team had to get into a mindset outside of the standard controller use cases they were familiar with. Thus, again and again, a mantra was repeated during the preview event: by leaving any gamers in the cold, the standard controller just wasn't good enough."
xbox  accessibility  hardware  inclusivity  dopost 
5 weeks ago by niksilver
The journey to an agile organization at Zalando | McKinsey & Company
"We evolved a simple prioritization model to focus on the customer, on company priorities, and on local priorities; this was an incredible unlocking mechanism, allowing people to make decisions without needing to align. Simultaneously through that, we managed to significantly reduce work in progress."
agile  case_study  clothing  dopost 
6 weeks ago by niksilver
Digging deep for organizational innovation | McKinsey & Company
"Hilcorp began embracing agile practices long before they were buzzwords, has put in place an innovative compensation system emphasizing fairness and shared rewards, and is comfortable that only half of the goals emerging from its planning process will be met."
agile  beyond_budgeting  oil_industry  dopost  case_study 
6 weeks ago by niksilver
a16z Podcast: Feedback Loops — Company Culture, Change, and DevOps – Andreessen Horowitz
"But what is DevOps, really? And beyond the definitions and history, where does DevOps fit into the broader history and landscape of other tech movements (such as lean manufacturing, agile development, lean startups, microservices)? Finally, what kinds of companies are truly receptive to change, beyond so-called organizational “maturity” scores? And for pete’s sake, can we figure out how to measure software productivity already?? All this and more in this episode!"
devops  productivity  podcast  interview  dopost 
6 weeks ago by niksilver
Babe Ruth and Feature Lists – GV Library
"I asked the group to pretend they each had one hundred dollars of Google’s money to spend. How would they stack formatting bugs against these other improvements? [...] One woman said: “I spend one hundred dollars on formatting, then I take another hundred of my own money out of my own damn wallet and spend that on fixing formatting.”"
features  product_development  product_management  google_docs  dopost  prioritisation 
7 weeks ago by niksilver
Ray Ozzie’s plan for unlocking encrypted phones gets a chilly reception | Ars Technica
"Almost as soon as the Wired article was published, security experts and privacy advocates took to social media to criticize Clear. Little of their critiques was new."
cryptography  patent  mobiles  crime  dopost 
7 weeks ago by niksilver
PCI-DSS and continuous deployment at Etsy - Continuous Delivery
"At DevOpsDays Mountain View I was lucky enough to get some time with Michael Rembetsy, Director of Operations Engineering at Etsy, which manages to be PCI-DSS compliant while practicing continuous deployment. In this short interview, he describes how they do it."
pci_compliance  compliance  devops  continuous_deployment  dopost 
8 weeks ago by niksilver
Exclusive: Chat is Google’s next big fix for Android’s messaging mess - The Verge
"Given how fractious the history has been here, I’m sort of impressed that Google got everybody to call this feature “Chat” instead of “AT&T super premium advanced messaging plus” or whatever. As of this writing, 55 carriers, 11 OEMs, and two operating system providers have all pledged to either adopt or switch over to the system."
google  messaging  telecoms  android  chat  dopost 
9 weeks ago by niksilver
ImmutableServer
"An Immutable Server is [...] a server that once deployed, is never modified, merely replaced with a new updated instance.2
devops  automation  dopost 
9 weeks ago by niksilver
High performing teams know more about trust
"Delivering something on-time is key to building trust. But customers can distrust people who want to limit scope in order to achieve early deliverables. Previous disappointments (they never got the functionality they wanted) mean they assume the first release will be the only one. So they include everything in a gold plated wish-list through lack of trust."
trust  delivery  teams  dopost 
9 weeks ago by niksilver
Causal Capital: Self-Healing Risk Solutions
"Perhaps one of the learning takeaways we should acknowledge with Self-Healing Risk Solutions is that the concept reverses the function of reliability to scale, in that the larger and more complex the scale, the more effective, efficient and reliable you become."
risk_management  power_distribution  scalability  self_healing_systems  dopost 
10 weeks ago by niksilver
Cyber security and information risk guidance for Audit Committees - National Audit Office (NAO)
"Audit committees should be scrutinising cyber security arrangements. To aid them, this guidance complements government advice by setting out high-level questions and issues for audit committees to consider."
auditing  risk_management  cyber_security  security  dopost 
12 weeks ago by niksilver

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