Michael Coté works at Pivotal on the advocate team. He focuses on how large organizations are getting better at building and delivering software to help their business run better and grow. Most recently, he’s published Monolithic Software and Digital WTF on this topic. He’s been an industry analyst at RedMonk and 451 Research, worked in corporate strategy and M&A at Dell in software and cloud, and was a programmer for a decade before all that. He does several technology podcasts (such as Software Defined Talk), writes frequently on how large organizations struggle and succeed with agile development and DevOps, blogs at cote.io, and is @cote in Twitter. Texas Forever!
July 17th, 2020 | 50 mins 57 secs
We discuss compensation, particularly how people in the IT department ("developers," etc.) are so disconnected from the actual business that compensating them based on business performance is near impossible. Not good if you're an IT person and like money.
July 6th, 2020 | 38 mins 38 secs
People in large organizations avoid improving for improving's sake. They're very rarely proactive in transforming. Instead, it seems that management in most large organizations only act, and change, when they fear competition and failure. "Everyone" knows this is a bad strategy, and yet "everyone" does it. Perhaps we should embrace that behavior, or at least be empathetic, and figure out how to work with it.
October 31st, 2019 | 58 mins 1 sec
We discuss outsourcing IT.
September 11th, 2019 | 44 mins 21 secs
Join Rick and I as we try to find this elusive thing called "The Business." We lay out a theory we've been talking about: while IT has been improving or, at least, can improve, the business side of the house isn't showing up to do anything with CLOUD and AGILE and THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION.
September 9th, 2019 | 1 hr 32 mins
The cliche we all recite is that technology isn’t the problem, culture is. Put another way, if the hardware and software are fine and fresh, it must be the meatware that smells. Come hear several de-funking recipes from enterprises whose meat now smells proper.
Given at Agile Scotland, August 2019.