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Digital WTF

About the Book

The phrase “digital transformation” is stupid, but like all stupid tech trend phrases it actually means something precise and useful: creating better software. DevOps and agile are equally maligned yet useful. Coté has covered this topic for many years and has tried to describe each using common practices, pit-falls, and anecdotes, such as: the role of developers and managers in DevOps, small batch release cycles, dealing with finance, and burnout. The book also includes coverage of vendor sports, a select history of the software industry, and  tactics for surviving the head-banging-on-a-brick wall life of working at a large organization. Since these topics are really boring, Coté writes in a darkly humorous, irreverent style that at least leaves you entertained by the end of each piece – so people tell him.

Forewarded, graciously, by John Willis.

About the Author


Michael Coté currently works in marketing at Pivotal. He’s been an industry analyst at RedMonk and 451 Research, worked in corporate strategy and M&A at Dell in software and cloud, and was a programmer for a decade before all that. He does several technology podcasts (such as Software Defined Talk), writes frequently on how large organizations struggle and succeed with agile development and DevOps. His book Monolithic Transformation collects home-spun tales of digital transformation. He blogs at and is @cote in Twitter. Texas Forever!

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Chapter 02 - Digital Transformation: WTF?
  • Digital transformation?! Your boss’s PowerPoint New Year resolution, deconstructed
  • You may not be a software company, but that isn’t an excuse to lame-out at computering
  • Chapter 02 - All the New Meatware
  • From dancing bears to blameless post-mortems - My History of DevOps
  • You, yes you: DevOps’ people problem
  • The Slow Ascension of Agile
  • Software devs’ new mantra: Zen dogs dream of small-sized bones
  • So you’re ‘agile’, huh? I do not think it means what you think it means
  • Pair programming: Oooo, oooo, that smell…
  • Why largile’s for management crybabies
  • “Do the DevOps?” No thanks! Not until a ‘blameless post-mortem’ really is one
  • DevOps isn’t just about the new: It’s about cleaning up the old, too
  • Change review boards are probably a no-op, at best
  • The developers vs enterprise architects showdown
  • How many “modes” does this thing need?
  • Victory! The smell of skunkworks in your office in the morning
  • ROI Smoke Bombs and Diversions
  • Go DevOps before your bosses force you to. It’ll be easier that way
  • You can’t find tech staff – wah, wah, wah.
  • Removing grumps from the DevOps punchbowl
  • How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler
  • Barriers to DevOps in government
  • Addressing the DevOps compliance problem
  • Great, we’re going to get DevOps-ed. So, 15 years of planning processes – for the bin?
  • The many-faced god of operational excellence, DevOps and now ‘site reliability engineering’
  • A print button? Mmkay. Let’s explore WHY you need me to add that
  • The best outsourcers fire themselves
  • Chapter 3 - Vendors-Sports
  • Will the blighters pay this time? Betting big on developers
  • Uncork a bottle of vintage open-source FUD
  • Pizza, roaches, and Java
  • O HAIOps! Can AI deliver BSM dreams, or just more BS?
  • So you want to become a software company? 7 tips to not screw it up.
  • Eventually, to do a developer strategy your execs have to take a leap of faith
  • A Note on This Text
  • Change Log
  • About the Author
  • Notes

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