Effective team members achieve a state of flow

You are a developer, working on a tricky problem, but you can’t seem to get into the right mindset to solve it. You keep getting distracted by meetings / instant messages / emails, and when you come back to it, the ideas you had have gone out of your head and you spend 10 minutes (or longer) remembering where you got to before you can make any progress!

We have all been there. It is a common and frustrating problem.

But there is hope!

 

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Winners – DevOps Excellence Awards 2020

All of us here at Sandhata are so proud to announce that we have won the “DevOps Project of the Year” category at the DevOps Excellence Awards 2020!

Now in its 4th year, the DevOps Excellence Awards celebrate and recognise outstanding achievement from organisations and solutions operating within the DevOps space.

Sandhata, in partnership with Vodafone UK, has been recognised for the innovative TIL Transformation Project, delivered by the Vodafone UK Integration Domain and Sandhata.

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Level-up your DevOps team!

You have already got a “DevOps team” and you are able to deliver projects much more quickly than before. Work is more streamlined and your small teams are empowered to work efficiently and make changes to provide value fast.

But how can you take your team to the next level? How can you deliver even more, better and quicker without pushing your teams too hard?

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Do you want to achieve quick wins? (Hint: Focus on Minimum Viable Product)

DevOps is all about fast and frequent deployments, measuring value and continual improvement. I’m sure you have heard about reducing batch sizes in order to decrease lead time, increase deployment frequency and improve stability and quality. Well, focusing on the minimum viable product is one way to reduce batch sizes and enable more frequent deployments.

 

What is meant by Minimum Viable Product (MVP)?

A product which is delivered with just enough features/capabilities to satisfy a subset of users and validate a business use case. Once the product is released, the subset of users will provide feedback which will drive the direction and delivery of subsequent features (or halt development if the product does not appear to have viable business value). Products generally follow an iterative deployment model, and the product evolves through multiple deployments before the product is seen as ‘complete’.

 

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Overcome challenges move mountains

Client story – overcoming tough challenges!

Using our skill and wide-ranging experience to deliver automation in a Tier-1 client.

 

One of our most recent projects was delivering lifecycle automation for a Tier-1 client.  As with any and every “DevOps project”, there were a number of challenges we overcame when delivering the project. In this blog, I will talk about some of the hurdles we came up against and how we managed to work through them, as well as some of the project successes.

We see a few common challenges in some form or the other at every client we work with. The way we work through these challenges and overcome hurdles is where our skill and wide-ranging experience in delivering this type of DevOps project really come into their own.

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ODC Opening Ceremony (with pictures)

ODC opening ceremony, with pictures! Our brand new dedicated RBS ODC is now open in Chennai (India). This ODC enables us to provide better value to RBS as we are now optimally placed to provide them with the same top-quality service as an extension of their team, while we bear the office overhead cost. This high-spec facility enables us to deliver top quality projects at a lower cost and gives us capability to scale up and down in line with our client requirements.

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Conway’s Law – What can it teach us about DevOps?

I first heard about Conway’s Law from reading the DevOps Handbook (an excellent read, by the way, if you want to dive head first into DevOps). I was intrigued by how this idea came from slightly left-field, yet seemed to have big implications for businesses on their journey to increased efficiency.

In this blog, you will learn what Conway’s Law is and how it is relevant for your business – whether you are in the middle of a DevOps transformation or just taking your first steps.

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Agile team

What makes the agile team tick

We’ve all heard the cliché: Agile teams are self-organised and self-managed.

However, if it’s that simple, why are organisations not consistently churning out self-managed teams delivering solutions in a smooth manner? In reality, there are plenty of dynamics involved in enabling agile teams, and there are multiple factors that play a big part in nurturing self-managed teams.

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Is DevOps right for organisation

Is DevOps right for your organisation now?

There are many articles about what needs to be done to adopt DevOps successfully, but in this blog we’re going to focus on organisational readiness. The purpose of this blog is to highlight some of the key organisational factors and considerations which help to determine whether a DevOps initiative is really needed for your business – and whether it is likely to be successful in your organisation at the current time.

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