Musings

Data Journey

Feb 11, 2019

We have all seen infographics on how much data is produced in one minute on the internet. The numbers are increasing rapidly year over year. This is not only true for social media companies but also for every organizations’ internal data. Due to the increase in the digitization of processes, all organizations irrespective of size are collecting more data than ever before. It seems like organizations are drowning in all types of data. Structured, unstructured, semi structured data exist in many places, such as in managed stores, in under-the-desk (UTD) data stores, on laptops, on shared drives (internal or cloud drives), hidden in email, Excelmarts, and more. The net effect is that organizations do no have a complete picture of their data landscape.

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Understanding DevOps

Jan 18, 2019

When it comes down to defining DevOps, the industry itself is guilty of muddying the waters, grabbing every opportunity to turn the newest hot term into a lucrative service offering, regardless of how that term is understood. This has lead to as many definitions as there are opinions with DevOps being described among other things as automation practices, a CI/CD pipeline, a philosophy related to maintaining IT infrastructure and even a job title. However, when Patrick Debois back in 2009 embarked on a mission to bring the Agile mindset to the world of IT operations by choosing Ghent, Belgium as the location to organize the first DevOpsDays conference, my understanding of his intent was:

to decrease time to value supported by solid partnerships and automation practices.

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Applied Coaching

Jan 13, 2019

Beyond providing advice in order to help teams thrive, we need to help teams move along in their journey. The better we can do this the more impact we can truly have.

When the rubber hits the road, how do we execute?

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Observations from the (track and) field

Jan 9, 2019

In 1968 a little-known high jumper, Dick Fosbury, won Olympic gold by breaking with convention.
Traditionally, high jumpers would scissor kick over the bar, and Fosbury encountered much skepticism as he took a new approach - jumping with his back to the bar. While the other competitors focused on optimizing their existing step by step techniques, Dick Fosbury experimented, and by trial and error perfected a successful new approach - the Fosbury Flop. The Flop became the go-to practice, and within a decade, no high jumper using any other techniques has won since.

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New and exciting 2019

Dec 31, 2018

2018 was a very important and pivotal year for me. I had a dream and I was looking for a right plan and time to execute. I was working on a couple of different ideas when Peter and Gino discussed the idea of Xodiac. It all made sense and in May 2018, we (Peter, Gino and I) founded Xodiac with a mission “making every team thrive”.

What is the most important ingredient required for a team to thrive or prosper? We believe it is “the right culture and environment”. An environment of constant feedback, learning, and transparency will help teams thrive. We are living this mission statement in Xodiac. As we are growing our business and team, we are constantly learning and refining ourselves as a team and as an organization.

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