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By: Stride Staff

June 27th, 2017

Stride CEO Debbie Madden talks at QCon New York 2017

Tech Talks

QCon New York 2017 kicked off yesterday! Matt Sakaguchi, Site Reliability Manager at Google kicked the conference off with a stellar keynote about how Google builds effective teams. Following the keynote, Stride’s CEO, Debbie Madden, gave a talk on The Top 5 Secrets to Improving Team Communication.

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By: Debbie Madden

January 12th, 2017

Stride Tech Talk: Mike Roberts - Serverless Architecture

Tech Talks

For this edition of Stride Tech Talk, Stride CEO and Founder of Stride Debbie Madden chats with Mike Roberts about Serverless Architecture.

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By: Debbie Madden

December 22nd, 2016

Stride Tech Talk: Diana Larsen and Ainsley Nies - Liftoffs

Agile/XP | Tech Talks

For this month's Stride Tech Talk, Stride CEO Debbie Madden discusses the importance of Liftoffs with Diana Larsen and Ainsley Nies, co-authors of the book Liftoff: Launching Agile Teams and Projects.  

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By: Debbie Madden

September 9th, 2016

Stride Tech Talk: David A. Black

Languages | Tech Talks

For this month's Stride Tech Talk, Stride CEO Debbie Madden discussed serverless architecture and other aspects of his current work with David A. Black. David A. Black is an internationally-known developer, author, trainer, speaker, and event organizer. A software engineer at 2U, Inc., he is a Ruby standard library contributor and one of the founders of Ruby Central, Inc., the parent organization of the official international Ruby and Ruby on Rails conferences. David is the author of The Well-Grounded Rubyist (2E, Manning Publications, 2014)

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By: Debbie Madden

August 17th, 2016

Stride Tech Talk: David Bland on 3rd Wave Agile

Agile/XP | Tech Talks

For this month's Stride Tech Talk, Stride CEO Debbie Madden discussed 3rd Wave Agile with David J. Bland. David J. Bland is the Founder and CEO of San Francisco based Precoil. Precoil offers workshops and training designed to help startup founders use lean startup and design thinking to rapidly find problem/solution fit and product/market fit.    Debbie: What is 3rd Wave Agile?   David: 3rd Wave Agile is a movement that I'm witnessing in modern organizations to expand agility throughout the business. A few of us in the community are now using the phrase. Since I'm a hopeless coffee addict and in the San Francisco Bay Area, I borrowed the concept from 3rd Wave Coffee. If you read up on 3rd Wave Coffee you'll see that it is an effort to make coffee less of a commodity and more of an artisanal food stuff. I think this is what's happening to agile in a way, making it less of a commodity and more impactful.   I've also seen agile go through a couple of waves already in my career.   1st Wave Agile began during the Agile Manifesto and focused mostly on delivering working software.   2nd Wave Agile followed as we began exploring what it means to expand agile beyond working software and self organizing teams.   3rd Wave Agile is the notion of business agility, bringing agile principles to the entire organization.     Debbie : What is "OS level" and why is it so important to include the (OS) level of your organization in Agile?   David: OS is short for Operating System. Eric Ries refers to this as the Deep Systems in his new book, The Leader's Guide. I think we are on similar paths. The Operating System Level (OS Level) of the organization includes the fundamental parts of the system and how they interact, which keep the organization functioning.   Performance Reviews and Budgets are examples of the OS Level.   Agile rarely survives in an environment that still stack ranks employees and has big bang, annual budgets. The OS Level needs to be addressed eventually. Most of the agile we've seen is still at the UX Level (User Experience Level) of the organization with sticky notes and standups. These are great, we just need to permeate into the OS Level for a long term impact.   A few large, notable corporations are beginning to exhibit this change. Notice how GE is phasing out stack ranking and changing how they fund their budgets. Others will soon follow their lead.     Debbie: Why do you think teams are embracing 3rd Wave Agile now?   David: I think specifically leadership teams are beginning to understand that agile, as it relates to delivering software, simply is not enough. It doesn't matter if you can deliver features faster if the rest of your organization is waterfall. In some cases it actually makes things worse, since you deliver waste faster.   We also have software continuing to eat traditional companies, such as retail, automotive and finance. There are many more business books circulating which are referring to agile principles, even if not explicitly using the agile terminology. We are seeing a resurgence in concepts like Design Thinking and Lean. This isn't a coincidence. As leadership teams have to deal with extreme market uncertainty while creating software, they look beyond the ability to deliver things the right way.    They want to deliver the right thing, the right way.   Debbie: What do you see as the major shift in this in the next year or two?   David: Over the next year or two I see traditional companies either coming to grips with business agility or going extinct. If you look around, things aren't necessarily getting slower out there. Agile has laid the groundwork for continuous integration, which has grown into continuous delivery and now continuous deployment. It used to be enough to deploy code every month and then every two weeks, now it's daily or even several times a day. Amazon deploys code every 11.6 seconds.   Traditional companies and their leadership teams are going to have to use this extreme market uncertainty as leverage for change. We'll see who does and who doesn't.

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By: Evan Walczak

May 18th, 2016

Stride tech talk: DevOps

Languages | Tech Talks

For our May Tech Talk, Stride CEO Debbie Madden chats DevOps with ReactiveOps Co-Founder and CEO Matt Rogish.

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By: Stride Tech Talk

April 11th, 2016

Stride Tech Talk Native vs. Mobile Web

Tech Talks | Application Development

Matt Salerno is the CEO and founder of Buoy Development, a mobile software agency. For April’s Stride Tech Talk, Matt weighs in on the native vs. mobile web debate. For entrepreneurs with a mobile strategy, there’s been a long-standing debate about whether to build for mobile web or native. What’s your take? Native apps are often better performing and have sleeker UIs. Because of this, they’re stickier than their mobile web counterparts, with users spending far more time on native apps. That usage, however, is largely concentrated around a handful of their favorite apps - think Facebook, Instagram, Inbox, etc. On the other hand, the relative ease of engaging with a web app for the first time (no app store, no individual installation, etc.) makes mobile web products better in terms of user acquisition and audience growth.

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By: Stride News

April 1st, 2016

Hangout on Air - Test Driven Development [Video]

Agile/XP | Tech Talks

We recently hosted a Hangout on Air discussing Test Driven Development principles and best practices with a panel of experienced Agile software engineers.

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