Companies that want to get better at software are staffing and organizing themselves in new ways. The traditional “silos” approach clusters teams together into functional groups, whereas modern approaches cluster around product. We cover skills by looking at a recent Cloud Foundry Foundation survey on developer skills and then discuss some sections of Coté’s upcoming cloud native journey booklet related to team composition and outsourcing.
While news is sparse this week, we point to some “what does the US election mean for tech” news and also cover Microsoft Teams in relation to how “chat ops” has been extended to be SOP in most modern IT shops or, rather, how it should be.
- One of the best burgers you’ll ever eat, at 3 Greens Market in Chicago.
- For the US election and tech stuff, see Software Defined Talk #78. There’s some show notes with links to early analysis from, e.g., Ovum and 451.
- Microsoft Teams vs Slack.
- New survey from Cloud Foundry Foundation on an emerging developer “skills gap.” Richard’s assessment of the report.
- This is the key thing: people see the value in in-housing talent. Software is core to their business, not just window dressing and COTS-customization:
- “This Global Perception survey showed that the majority of companies (> 60%) want to close this skills gap through hiring and training, NOT by outsourcing this critical component of their strategy. Listen to Citi’s Brad Miller share his reason for trying to completely flip his 80/20 “contractor to full-time employee” ratio. Hint: it has to do with ownership.”
- See section on outsourcing in Coté’s cloud native journey, edition 2: “It’s little wonder that in a recent study, over 75% of senior executives said they want to replace their “legacy” outsourcers because those providers are so unwilling to change to new models.”
- Some more highlights from the survey.
- The cloud native journey paper. We talk about the team composition section, outsourcing, and getting started.
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