Writings on building software delivery capabilities and delivering digital & technology outcomes for ambitious organisations.
Since we wrote the original article just a little over two years ago, we’ve seen a fairly big shift away from self-hosted tools to feature rich Software as Service (SaaS). We’ve also seen nearly all Continuous Integration (CI) tools blur their lines with Continuous Delivery (CD) providing an all-in-one solution.
We’re excited to announce that we are a Bronze sponsor for this year’s Red Hat Forum UK, on October 9th.
London, UK – 17 July 2018 – Made Tech, a leading UK-based agile software solution provider, is proud to announce the company has achieved Advanced Consulting Partner Status in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN). APN Consulting Partners are professional services firms that help customers of all sizes design, architect, build, migrate, and manage their workloads and applications on AWS.
We don’t have to tell you that the world of technology is an ever-evolving landscape of ideas and concepts, and that even when you have a firm intellectual grasp of a technology this knowledge can quickly become outdated. With this in mind, we thought we’d readdress one of our blog posts from 2015 with a fresh, 2018 perspective.
Just over a year ago, I wrote about the lack of diversity at Made Tech and how it was something we needed to work on as a business. We’d recognised our ‘ignorance’ had led to inactivity in identifying problem areas, but once we’d accepted our failures, we had to stop being passive bystanders and actually take active steps to address them.
Coined by Cal Newport in 2012 on his Study Hacks blog, deep work is the ability to reach a state of increased productivity when performing cognitively taxing tasks by minimising or ignoring external interferences. Making deep work the centrepoint of your knowledge work schedule generates three key benefits:
Pairing is a great way to boost productivity and help crack a particularly complex problem.
2017 was a big year for us with a number of successful projects under our belt including writing our second book Building High Performance Agile Teams, adding more great people to our team and launching our new Made Tech Academy initiative.
Some years ago, I worked as part of a development team on a project to upgrade a tangled legacy system managing a company’s payment systems. Two months in, and we had very little to show for it – pages of diagrams that looked like spiderwebs, a few outages caused by failed attempts to untangle the pile, and a rising level of frustration.
Made Tech is where we are because of our people. We see the importance and value in progress and self-improvement and encourage a culture of openness and sharing because it creates an enjoyable and productive environment. With learning at the crux of everything we do, we wanted to improve software delivery within our own organisation first and create capable mentors to help everyone in the team progress.
We therefore decided a new approach to employee development was needed. The idea was to provide clear paths for improving ability both internally and in customer teams. While reviews and continuous feedback systems work on a general level, we wanted to find the most effective way of increasing skill parity across a company, so we trialled a skills matrix.