Streamline your processes

Welcome to our checklists. They serve as useful companions during Navigating DevOps through waterfall journeys, help jog our memory, and point us in the right direction. OBJECTIVE CHECK Embrace technical governance to create a common ground. [ ] Streamline value creation across the organization to close the gaps between business and technology. [ ] Streamline […]

Meet an Agent of Chaos, Agent #13

The Agents of Chaos describe Agent 13 as a quiet, simple, but brilliant thought leader. A very formal person (does not even use contractions) who remains cool in situations where others have a nervous breakdown. He is neither rough around the edges, nor a smooth talker. Dislikes office politics and calls it as he sees […]

A Public Sector DevOps Story

A Public Sector DevOps Story A few years ago, several of my clients were engaged with “Agile” & “DevOps” projects with public sector Ministries.  Both my clients were consulting firms providing resources.  Both of the Ministries were under the assumption that Agile was working fast at a “special DevOps Lab location outside of their office,” […]

Tactec’s Agile+

Agile + To turn really interesting ideas and fledgling technologies into a company that can continue to innovate for years, it requires a lot of disciplines. Steve Jobs Organizations, whether a business, non-profit, or pubic service no longer continue to function as “Normal” as they have in the past. While Customers, Citizens, Consumers and Clients […]

Create a self-formed team with Post-Its

Back in the days of Microsoft, a crazy idea was used to create self-formed teams, allowing every team member to choose what they wanted to work on. Read Self-forming Teams at Scale, by Brian Harry 2015, for the complete story. Allowing teams to “self-form” empowers stakeholders to choose their purpose and strengthens the core pillars […]


Lifecycles Delivery Lifecycles what are they and why are they important? We need to be explicit about what we mean by a lifecycle, there is a lot of conflicting and overloaded stuff out there for words such as Agile, or DevOps or Lean or SCRUM and even the word lifecycle. When we say the word […]

Roles and Personas

Roles and Personas Roles There are many roles in Agile or DevOps teams, in our book we tackle a few roles and we use personas to understand from the user’s perspective the journey they are taking when using our software. Agent 77 (myself) and Agent 13 have different roles in our clients and organizations we […]

Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

We all have value streams. Some are simple, some are complex, and some are organised around the flow of value. We map our value steams to understand and visualise the process, and to identify where problems disrupt the flow of value. In this simplified walk-through, we use a three-step value stream mapping to visualise your […]

Create a Simple Assessment Survey

A survey is an effective way to get candid feedback from stakeholders of your transformation journey and understand what is profoundly important to them. It is important to keep your surveys crisp, simple, infrequent, and anonymous by default to encourage honest feedback. AUDIENCE All stakeholders! OBJECTIVE Gather supplementary feedback from stakeholders to complement the DevOps […]