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Software Delivery Club Newsletter 2023-02-17

Published over 1 year ago • 2 min read

There was no newsletter last week because I was still processing the previous weekend at FOSDEM. It was an interesting few days for sure and I was glad to attend but it certainly gave me a lot of food for thought.

I first presented (or at least stood behind a desk and talked to people about) Rosegarden at Linux Expo 2003 - so I'm no stranger to Linux conferences and I generally love the energy. One thing I've noticed is that there is an ever closing gap between 'industry' and 'open source'. It doesn't take a genius to work this out since Microsoft bought GitHub it was likely on the cards. There is certainly a less divided and snobbish feeling these days about 'industry' which is good to see and hear.

The React Documentary pulls some similar moves - it's a corporate video with a OSS heart - or vice versa - and it's definitely worth a watch to find out how it came about, the way it almost failed, what it gets right and where it's going.

I also spoke last week to Stephen Townsend on the podcast about observability and customer needs. A really enjoyable chat which you should definitely check out if you're interested. He also provided the wonderful artwork you can see below (themed on his own brilliant podcast - Slight Reliability).

I also posted about delivery of high quality software and the need to rethink our fixation with PRs. I would love to hear from you if you're using Trunk Based Development as well because a follow-up on deployment modes needs to be written too :)

If you want to catch up with the Rosegarden talk you can watch it via my talk page here.

Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

-- Richard

p.s. if you're interested there's a live stream of the first UK Rust Conference going on right now. I love Rust :)

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Published on February 14, 2023

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Published on February 7, 2023

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Human DevOps

by Richard Bown

DevOps at is the heart of modern software systems. In my regular newsletter, I dive into the human factors that make successful engineering organizations where teams and platforms thrive at the heart of your socio-technical systems. From leadership to team setup, maximizing performance, tools and techniques.

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