Musings

Xodiac is an authorized DCAM partner

Feb 25, 2019

Xodiac has partnered with EDM Council and is now authorized to use the Data Management Capability Assessment Model (DCAM) framework to assess data management maturity of any of its customers.

DCAM is a best practice framework for program development, training and benchmarking. It has a systematic and structured approach to define and measure data management capability for an organization. DCAM objectives are organized in 8 categories, 36 capabilities & 112 sub-capabilities to cover all aspects of data management.

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Importance of Criticism

Feb 14, 2019

The past couple of weeks my children had to prepare and present short speeches at school. I encouraged them to practice and provided them some, what I considered to be, constructive feedback. However well meaning and positively framed, it didn’t go over too well. Watching my children learn to cope with constructive criticism reminded me about how we struggle so much with this in other settings.

It also got me thinking about one of the tools I’ve used quite effectively in both individual and team coaching. Sometimes known as the Disney Method but called by the course I learned it at, Tri-Position planning, the tool presents a useful way to help develop a vision and a plan to get there.

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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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