I am delighted to share our first e-book, The Coming Revolution in Technical Due Diligence, which discussed how technical due diligence will change as a result of tools like Sema’s. It lays out a solution that gives diligence teams powerful new ways to gain transparency and visibility during the technical due diligence process.
We are often asked here at Sema how our solutions work within DevOps organizations.
DevOps is the practice of operations and development engineers participating together in the entire service lifecycle, from design through the development process to production support. A logical outgrowth of Agile, extending Agile principles beyond the boundaries of the “code” to the entire delivered service, DevOps has been growing in popularity for several years now.
Last week I made the case for codebase transparency: why 21st-century dev leaders need real-time insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their codebase, and why new quality metrics are going to be the principal solution. This week, I want to look at how this actually works in the day-to-day progress of a company.
Case study 1: the regular meeting
It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and your dev team leads step away from the gentle hum of CPUs and caffeinated frontal lobes to gather in the meeting room, lattes and laptops in hand.
On leading software development in the 21st century
But first, a preliminary note about rain
Predicting the weather has always been valuable, but for most of history people have been pretty bad at it. This was not for lack of heuristics. Societies have always had weather lore – some parts of it (red sky at night) more accurate than others (groundhogs) – and an experienced sailor could develop a gut feeling for when a storm was approaching. But today’s detailed forecasts would seem like outright magic to them. A modern meteorologist would either be worshipped as a weather deity or burned at the stake.
We at Sema wanted to wish everyone a great 2019.
It has been an extraordinary year, and I couldn’t be more thankful to work with our team of technologists and business leaders.
Of course, our deepest thanks goes to our clients. Their support, guidance and suggestions are helping transform the future of software maintenance.
In their honor we’d like to celebrate the new year with a list: our ten favorite client quotes from 2018.
Without further ado…
Our Top 10 Customer Quotes from 2018
Recently, Jason, one of Sema's founders, posted a thought-provoking article on technical debt. As he points out, technical debt is analogous to financial debt and software accrues technical debt when teams decide to defer all those “little” non-functional things.
The Sema team has spent the last year interviewing software development leaders in organizations of all types: Fortune 500 companies with decades of legacy code; start-ups who accrued tech debt as they moved quickly to grow their business; private equity-owned companies that acquire multiple new tech properties a year; and outsourced development shops who track every line of code written.
I used to have a trick when I was job hunting. The interviewers would drill me on all the hot problems in coding, and clever new techniques in data science and machine learning. Then when my turn came, I’d ask targeted questions about how they’re employing these a specific system. As soon as I saw smirks, sidewise glances, and the word “well…” forming on someone’s lips, I knew I was in. It was my specialty: bug squashing, refactoring, modernizing, and just wiping out tech debt with feel-good newness.
Tech debt was shrouding their dreams.
Sema is delighted to share the news that one of our partners, Govtech Fund, today announced the launch of its second fund, a $25M early stage venture fund focused on modernizing the internal operations of government. More details here.