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Better ROI from Software Development

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Providing advice on how to get the best Return On Investment from your Software Development.Hosted by Mark Taylor of Red Folder Consultancy, this series is targeted at those that fund software development in improving their return on investment.Through a series of short weekly podcasts, Mark explore… read more

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#102: The Theory of Constraints - Part 2

September 29th, 2021

14:38

In this episode, I discuss the Theory of Constraints as introduced in the book The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt.

Modern software development …

#101 - The Theory of Constraints - Part 1

September 22nd, 2021

14:06

In this episode, I discuss the Theory of Constraints as introduced in the book The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt.

Modern software development …

#100: Project to Product by Mik Kersten

September 15th, 2021

15:20

Welcome to the 100th episode of the Better ROI from Software Development podcast.

In this episode, I introduce the second book that I would recommend …

#99: Value Streams and Value Stream Mappings

September 8th, 2021

13:59

In this episode, I introduce Value Streams and Value Stream Mapping.

#98: Open Source - Licences

August 19th, 2021

12:14

Continuing the conversation on Open Source, in this episode I look at common licences.

There are a variety of licences in Open Source - covering legal use and commitments you must abide by.  Like any legal contract, its …

#97: Open Source - the motivation

August 11th, 2021

11:17

Continuing the conversation on Open Source, in this episode I look at the motivation behind why it exists.

Why would individuals, groups and even …

#96: Open Source - Is it really free?

August 4th, 2021

18:04

Open Source is everywhere - in our software, in our servers, and in the services we use every day - and its here to stay.

In this episode, I give an introduction to what Open Source is, why its incorrect to think of it …

#95: Software Application Speed - the Content Delivery Network

July 28th, 2021

14:30

Continuing the conversation on Software Application Speed, I look at one of the means of improvement - using a Content Delivery Network (CDN).

In this episode I introduce the Content Delivery Network (CDN); how it …

#94: Software Application Speed - Caching

July 21st, 2021

13:54

Continuing the conversation on Software Application Speed, I look at one of the means of improvement - Caching.

In this episode I introduce Caching - how prevalent it is within modern computing, why we use it in …

#93: Software Application Speed - Website Performance Optimisation

July 14th, 2021

16:37

Continuing the conversation on Software Application Speed, I look at one of the means of improvement - Website Performance Optimisation.

In this episode I introduce Website Performance Optimisation - what it is, why we …

#92: Software Application Speed - UX Design

July 7th, 2021

12:43

Continuing the conversation on Software Application Speed, I look at one of the means of improvement - User Experience Design.

In this episode I introduce User Experience Design, its subset User Interface Design and how …

#91: Software Application Speed - why its important

June 30th, 2021

12:19

Speed of our software applications is rarely considered until it becomes a problem.  In this episode I talk about why speed it important in all of our software application - not just the consumer facing ones.

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Find …

#90: Finding a Search Engine Optimisation Expert

June 23rd, 2021

11:07

Following on from last week's introduction into Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), I wanted to provide my advice how to avoid the bad and the ugly of …

#89: Search Engine Optimization - SEO

June 16th, 2021

17:03

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is seen as highly desirable for driving traffic to your website.

In this episode I address the myth of SEO being "free traffic" and provide my thoughts on avoiding the bad and the ugly …

#88: Eventual Consistency and the CAP Theorem

June 9th, 2021

17:22

Have you ever come across a website or mobile app that occasionally takes time to reflect changes?

This maybe due to Eventual Consistency - a …

#87: The value of Meeting Agendas - an episode 83 follow up

June 2nd, 2021

10:10

In episode 83, I had a long chat with Trevor Ewen about how he provides software service to non-technical clients.

If you've not listened to it, it …

#86: Using Video for Rapid Feedback - an episode 83 follow up

May 27th, 2021

9:32

In episode 83, I had a long chat with Trevor Ewen about how he provides software service to non-technical clients.

If you've not listened to it, it …

#85: Regular software releases - an episode 83 follow up

May 19th, 2021

15:03

In episode 83, I had a long chat with Trevor Ewen about how he provides software service to non-technical clients.

If you've not listened to it, it …

#84: Service Level Agreements - an episode 83 follow up

May 12th, 2021

13:40

In episode 83, I had a long chat with Trevor Ewen about how he provides software service to non-technical clients.

If you've not listened to it, it …

#83: The non-technical buyer with Trevor Ewen

May 5th, 2021

28:12

In this episode I talk to Trevor Ewen about providing software solutions to the non-technical buyer.

Trevor shares with us his experience on who a …

#82: No, being furloughed should not influence recruitment

April 14th, 2021

13:15

This episode is based on LinkedIn poll which asked the question: "Will you be judging jobseekers on whether or not they were furloughed during the …

#81 - Scrum - The dangers of misunderstanding

April 8th, 2021

13:25

Completing my mini-series on the Scrum Framework, I wanted to talk about the dangers of misunderstanding Scrum.

Scrum is deceptively simple to …

#80: Scrum - Stopping a Sprint

March 31st, 2021

11:17

Continuing my mini-series on the Scrum Framework, I look at stopping a sprint.

Should you ever stop a sprint?  And if you do, under what …

#79: Scrum - It will find your problems

March 24th, 2021

6:46

Continuing my mini-series on the Scrum Framework, I look at Problems.

We commonly struggle to raise and discuss Problems in our Organisations; but in this episode, I talk about how Scrum drags those problems into the …

#78: Scrum - The team is asking for more

March 17th, 2021

9:06

Continuing my mini-series on the Scrum Framework, I take a look at the potential warning flag of the team asking for more.

While the team asking for more maybe a good thing, it can also be a sign of a problem in the …

#77: Scrum - Conflict

March 10th, 2021

8:10

Continuing my mini-series on the Scrum Framework, I look at conflict.

We commonly have negative contentions about conflict; but in this episode, I talk about why healthy conflict is so important for our teams to produce …

#76: Scrum - The Definition of Done

March 3rd, 2021

13:48

Over the last few episodes, I've been talking about Scrum, an agile framework.

In this episode, I want to talk about the Definition of Done. The Definition of Done comes from the Increment description - the …

#75: Scrum - Common Problems

February 24th, 2021

16:35

Continuing my mini-series on the Scrum Framework, I look at some of the common problems I see with its adoption.

I discuss problems with …

#74 - Scrum - Theories and Values

February 18th, 2021

18:24

Following on from last week's primer of the Scrum, I take a look at some of the theories and values behind the Agile Framework.

#73: Scrum - A primer

February 10th, 2021

14:42

In this episode I introduce Scrum - an Agile Framework popular within Software Development.

This episode serves as a primer for future episodes - in …

#72: To bonus or not to bonus

February 3rd, 2021

17:19

Is a bonus the best form of employee motivation?

In this podcast I talk about the dangers of a bonus culture and how to think about it differently.

#71: Meetings - the good, the bad and the ugly

January 27th, 2021

21:07

In this week's episode I talk about meetings as they relate to Software Development - I introduce you to the good, the bad and the ugly.

#70: Making time for focus

January 20th, 2021

9:36

In this episode I ask if we are making enough time for focused work.

Focused work is critical to us to allow us to solve problems and do the most …

#69: New Year's resolutions

January 13th, 2021

8:14

In this episode I talk about the similarities between our New Year resolutions and major business initiatives; why we set them, why they are …

#68: 2021 Predictions

January 6th, 2021

19:21

Happy New Year and welcome to 2021.  In this episode I share my predictions for the year ahead.
With Covid-19 doing more to drive technical disruption last year than any of the leadership team, I expect the trend to …

#67: Bad for ROI - The Silver Bullet

December 16th, 2020

6:38

Today's marketing is full of the promise of miracle cures for our problems.
Full of "Do this one thing to achieve amazing results".
Full of Silver …

#66: Practices applied - How I use them

December 9th, 2020

17:04

In this episode, I talk about a recent software project and how I've used many of the processes I have introduced in prior podcasts.

I talk about how I applied them.

And how they fit together to allow me to develop …

#65: Bad for ROI - 100% Utilisation

December 2nd, 2020

11:41

Having your team working at 100% utilisation is a good thing for ROI, right?

Software Developers are expensive, surely maximizing their available time is the best way to achieve ROI?

In this episode, I discuss why …

#64: Bad for ROI - Big Bang

November 26th, 2020

10:38

Doing "Big Bang" releases may seem like an effective use of time and people.  They may carry huge prestige and bragging rights for their leadership.  But are they good for ROI?

In this episode, I talk about the dangers …

#63: Bad for ROI - The Rockstar developer

November 18th, 2020

11:56

We think we want to employ the "Rockstar" developer.  We want the superstar.

We actively recruit for it - we even put it into the job adverts.

But is the "Rockstar" good for ROI?

In this episode, I discuss why I believe …

#62: Bad for ROI: The Gantt Chart

November 11th, 2020

12:49

Gantt Charts are a popular tool for visualising dependencies for complex activities. 

In this episode I discuss why the use of Gantt Charts are bad …

#61: The UK Executive's attitudes towards custom Software Development survey

November 4th, 2020

15:07

Through September I ran a survey to establish UK Executive's attitudes towards custom Software Development.

Unfortunately the survey failed to obtain …

#60: The Programmers Oath - I will never stop learning and improving my craft

October 14th, 2020

11:12

In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development.

I take a look at the ninth oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in episode #51, to explore further:

#59: The Programmers Oath - I will produce estimates that are honest both in magnitude and precision

October 7th, 2020

11:25

In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development.

I take a look at the eighth oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in episode #51, to explore further:

#58: The Programmers Oath - I will continuously ensure that others can cover for me, and that I can cover for them

September 30th, 2020

10:29

In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development.

I take the seventh oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in episode #51, to explore further:

#57 - The Programmer's Oath - I will do all that I can to keep the productivity of myself, and others, as high as possible

September 23rd, 2020

13:56

During September, I'm running a short survey to understand UK Executive's attitudes to custom software development.  Please take the time and have …

#56 - The Programmer's Oath - I will fearlessly and relentlessly improve my creations at every opportunity

September 16th, 2020

10:15

During September, I'm running a short survey to understand UK Executive's attitudes to custom software development.  Please take the time and have …

#55: The Programmers Oath: I will make frequent, small, releases so that I do not impede the progress of others.

September 9th, 2020

12:13

During September, I'm running a short survey to understand UK Executive's attitudes to custom software development.  Please take the time and have …

#54: The Programmers Oath: I will produce, with each release, a quick, sure, and repeatable proof that every element of the code works as it should.

September 2nd, 2020

15:15

During September, I'm running a short survey to understand UK Executive's attitudes to custom software development.  Please take the time and have …

#53: The Programmers Oath - The code that I produce will always be my best work

August 26th, 2020

11:13

In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development.

I take the second oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in episode #51, to explore further:

"I Promise that, to …

#52: The Programmers Oath - I will not produce harmful code

August 19th, 2020

10:56

In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development.

I take the first oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in the last episode, to explore further:

I Promise that, to …

#51: Professionalism in Software Development - The Programmers Oath

August 12th, 2020

11:11

In this episode I start to look at professionalism in software development.

Software development doesn't have the same level of professionalism & accountability found in Doctors, Lawyers or Architects.

In this …

#50: Series recap

July 29th, 2020

24:44

In this episode I provide a recap of the episodes since the last recap show (episode #25).

This episode is both a recap of the series since episode #25 and a good entry point for new listeners.

During this episode, I'll …

#49: Assuming another person's intent purely from their actions

July 22nd, 2020

9:57

In this episode I want to discuss how dangerous it can be to assume another persons intent purely from their actions.

This is a message I am seeing come up quite a bit lately.

And the more I think about it, the more I …

#48: Its not just about building the right thing - its also about building the thing right

July 15th, 2020

14:47

Over the last few episodes I've talked about learning to improve our individuals, teams and entire organisations to handle change.

In this episode I want to explore why it is so important to that we are learning to …

#47: Deliberate Practice, Code Katas and Game Days

July 8th, 2020

13:30

In this episode I wanted to continue the conversation on Learning.

In the last few episodes, I talked about;

  • Why learning is so important to me …

#46: Helping our teams with Individuals Learning

July 1st, 2020

11:39

In this episode I wanted to continue the conversation on Learning.

In the last two episodes I talked about why Learning is so important to me personally and Organisational Learning.

In this episode, I want to move onto …

#45: Organisational Learning

June 17th, 2020

14:49

In this episode I wanted to continue the conversation on Learning.

In my last episode I talked about why Learning is so important to me personally.

In this episode, I want to move onto talking about Organisational …

#44: Learning

June 10th, 2020

12:41

In this episode I wanted to start talking about learning. Learning is one of the singularly overlooked concepts in running a business. 

I believe …

#43: Containers, Docker, Kubernetes and Serverless - explaining Serverless

June 3rd, 2020

11:04

Over the current few episodes I am introducing a number of technologies from modern Software Delivery.

These are:

  • Containers
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes

#42: Containers, Docker, Kubernetes and Serverless - explaining Container Orchestrators and Kubernetes

May 27th, 2020

8:26

Over the current few episodes I am introducing a number of technologies from modern Software Delivery.

These are:

  • Containers
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes

#41: Containers, Docker, Kubernetes and Serverless - explaining Containers and Docker

May 20th, 2020

8:45

Over the next few episodes I want to introduce a number of technologies from modern Software Delivery.

These are:

  • Containers
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes

#40: Containers, Docker, Kubernetes and Serverless - explaining virtualisation

May 13th, 2020

9:23

Over the next few episodes I want to introduce a number of technologies from modern Software Delivery.

These are:

  • Containers
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes

#39: Improving predictability in Software Development by asking the team to do less

May 6th, 2020

12:28

I find that quite often business owners and leaders desire a level of predictability that isn't being achieved by their software development teams.

The want reliable costs and timelines for the delivery of software. But …

#38: The Covid-19 episode - Helping our unexpected remote workers

April 22nd, 2020

17:45

I'm recording this on Tuesday the 21st May 2020.

At this point, in the UK, we have been under lock down for 4 weeks.

UK rules discourage person to …

#37: Avoiding over focus on the short term

April 15th, 2020

10:15

I find that many organisations have a myopic over focus on the immediate term.

This over focus drives poor return on investment over the longer term.

In this episode I revisit the analogy of technical debt and how this …

#36: Recruitment - Bonus Episode 2 - Feedback

April 8th, 2020

6:46

Over the last 10 episodes I've been focused on recruitment.

I had originally planned to finish that mini-series two episodes back; but then I gave you a bonus episode last week on the best hire you can make.

I recently …

#35: Recruitment - Bonus Episode - The best hire you can make

April 1st, 2020

5:51

Last week I completed a mini-series of 9 episodes looking at various aspects of recruitment.

As I went through the series I decided I wanted to give you a bonus episode on recruitment.

I wanted to tell you about the …

#34: Recruitment - Getting the best and keeping them

March 26th, 2020

8:17

This episode is the final part of a recruitment mini-series; where I have been focusing on various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment. And while I think many of these themes are universal, I …

#33: Recruitment - Act quickly

March 18th, 2020

8:23

This episode is part of a recruitment mini-series; where I am focusing on various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment.

And while I believe many of these themes are universal, I will, of course, …

#32: Recruitment - Interviews

March 11th, 2020

15:59

This episode is part of a recruitment mini-series; where I will be focusing on various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment. And while I believe many of these themes are universal, I will, of …

#31: Recruitment - Working with agencies

March 4th, 2020

10:47

This episode is part of a recruitment mini-series; where I will be focusing on various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment. And while I believe many of these themes are universal, I will, of …

#30: Recruitment - Understanding worth

February 26th, 2020

7:51

This episode is part of a recruitment mini-series; where I will be focusing on various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment. And while I believe many of these themes are universal, I will of …

#29: Recruitment - Defining the role

February 19th, 2020

10:56

This episode is part of a recruitment mini-series; where I will be focusing on various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment. And while I believe many of these themes are universal, I will of …

#28: Recruitment - Is a permanent employee the right thing for you?

February 12th, 2020

9:33

This episode is part of a recruitment mini-series; where I will be focusing on various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment. And while I believe many of these themes are universal, I will of …

#27: Recruitment - Should you be recruiting at all?

February 5th, 2020

12:54

This episode is part of a recruitment mini-series; where I will be focusing on various characteristics that I believe are important in recruitment. And while I believe many of these themes are universal, I will of …

#26 Recruitment - A mini-series

January 29th, 2020

8:50

Over the coming episodes I'm going to take a deep dive into recruitment.

Recruitment is singularly one of the most important roles of management.

Our …

#25: The series so far

January 22nd, 2020

17:37

Welcome to the 25th episode.

I decide I wanted to use this episode as both a recap to the series so far and as a good entry point for new listeners.

During this episode, I'll be summarising the key takeaways so far - …

#24: Mob Programming

January 15th, 2020

12:53

In last week's episode I introduced the idea of Pair Programming.

A software development practice that has two developers working on the same thing on the same computer. One acting as the driver - the other as a …

#23: Pair Programming

January 8th, 2020

12:19

In this weeks episode, I want to introduce the practise of Pair Programming.

At first, Pair Programming can seem completely at odds with achieving returns from your software development investment.

Though this episode, …

#22: Handling incomplete work

December 18th, 2019

13:17

In the last few episodes I've started a mini-series introducing some of the tools and practices that allow for the fast delivery of software and …

#21: Continuous Deployment

December 11th, 2019

7:33

In the last few episodes I've started a mini-series introducing some of the tools and practices that allow for the fast delivery of software ... and …

#20: Continuous Delivery

December 4th, 2019

7:19

In the last few episodes I've started a mini-series introducing some of the tools and practices that allow for the fast delivery of software, and …

#19: Continuous Integration

November 27th, 2019

11:07

UPDATE: I noticed after initial publish the order of the clips in this episode where very incorrect.  I've now updated - apologies for any confusion.

#18: Source Control

November 20th, 2019

10:17

In this episode, I want to talk about Source Control.

Source Control is a tool that should be available to your Software Development and at the heart …

#17: Monoliths and Microservices

November 13th, 2019

7:40

In this weeks podcast, I wanted to talk about how the size and complexity of a deployable piece of software matters to the ability to deliver value to the customer - and thus ROI on our Software Development.

#16: Technical Debt

November 6th, 2019

10:09

In this episode I want to introduce the term Technical Debt.

The term Technical debt was coined in 1992 by Ward Cunningham to describe what happens when we fail to adequately maintain what he calls “immature” code.

I …

#15 - Monitoring

October 30th, 2019

9:12

In last weeks episode I talked about software testing - predominantly around automation to aid in flow of delivering value to your customer.

One …

#14: Software Testing

October 23rd, 2019

11:06

In this episode I want to talk about testing, why it is important for ROI and what types of testing can be done.

#13: State of DevOps report 2019

October 15th, 2019

11:24

Back in episode 10, I briefly mentioned the State of DevOps reports as part of the introduction to DevOps.

In this episode I want to spend more time reviewing the 2019 report

#12: War and Peace and IT

October 9th, 2019

5:10

In this short episode, I want to introduce a book that I feel that every executive should read.

I started writing about how to get better ROI from …

#11: We need to talk about Culture

October 2nd, 2019

13:10

In the last five episodes I've introduced a number of terms to help us move away from the traditional software development practices.

In episode 6, I introduced the Minimum Viable Product as a way to rethink our …

#10 - Introduction to DevOps

September 25th, 2019

10:06

Over the last couple of episodes;

I've introduced the concepts of Minimum Viable Product as a way to think about software development to improve your return on investment.

I've then introduced Lean and Agile to provide …

#9: Introduction to the Cloud

September 18th, 2019

9:06

In the last couple of episodes I've introduced the concepts of Minimum Viable Product, Lean and Agile.

I believe these help us to adjust our mind-set to one more conducive to getting Better ROI from Software Development.

#8: Introduction to Agile

September 11th, 2019

15:03

In the last couple of episodes I've introduced the concepts of Minimum Viable Product and Lean Software Development.

In this episode I want to introduce Agile.

Along with Minimum Viable Product & Lean Software …

#7 - Introduction to Lean Software Development

September 4th, 2019

20:28

In the last episode I introduced the Minimum Viable Product.

I personally see Minimum Viable Products being related to Lean Principals.

I'll give you an introduction to Lean in this podcast - and where appropriate, tie …

#6: Introduction to the Minimum Viable Product

August 7th, 2019

10:10

In my last podcast I talked about how you should be considering investment in software development as volatile experiments – and that they should be …

#5: Thinking about software development investment

July 31st, 2019

8:27

 In this episode I want to talk about how to think about investing in software development.

I see too many people thinking that software development is an activity with one outcome – success.

And with that I see funding …

#4: Why is software development complex?

July 24th, 2019

10:57

Software Development is complex.

The problems it solves will always have a level of complexity.

In this podcast I talk about why.

#3: Projects are bad for return on investment

July 17th, 2019

5:20

Projects are not the best way to get great return on your software development.
And in this podcast I'll tell you why.

#2 - It's not about utilization

July 10th, 2019

4:36

In the last podcast I told you that focusing on 100% utilization is the wrong thing for return on investment.
But how can that be?
Are we not taught …

#1 - Why is it difficult to get the best return on investment

July 2nd, 2019

4:40

Why is it difficult to get great return on your software development investment?

Why is it that software development isn't keeping pace with your …

Episode 0 - Why I'm doing this podcast

June 20th, 2019

4:56

Episode 0 - a brief summary of why I am creating this podcast series.

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