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The Nuts & Bolts of Business and Technology by A. Spanner. This podcast covers current developments within the business and technology landscape globally, but with a focus on the impact in Australia & New Zealand.
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As part of our 3R Series (Recurring Rants & Rambles) BMK shares his experiences over the last 12 months of learning and transforming his organisation with flow metrics.
This episode is jam packed with valuable insight on how to execute an Agile transformation at scale. We cover topics from how to align and prioritise across teams to tribe and squad OKRs, funding, lessons learned and much more.This is a recording of our pre-Covid conversation. With with Wilson Toh.How it all started - The reasons for embarking on an Agile journey [0] Squad Alignment & Agile frameworks [5] Prioritisation [6] Internal allies, barriers & where Agile doesn’t fit [8] Showcase as a change management tool [11] IT is now part of the business [13] Change resistance [15] Kicking off working Agile & Support for people [16] Risk mitigation and tribe VS squad OKRs [18] Things we learned and are learning & Architectural governance [21] Changing Employee & Leadership behaviour [22] Demand and release prioritisation and alignment [24] Funding & expected outcomes [25] Lessons Learned & Recommendations [27] 
Justin shares great insights about his journey from low confidence to achieving his goal he set for himself - to become a CTO.And as a CTO Justin shares great insights on a variety of topics from how to build and run a SaaS product, balancing buisness realities with technical excellence, why future proofing is a bad idea in the first then minutes alone. Then we discuss SRE, how to evolve and organisations DevOps capability maturity, metrics, leadership VS Leadership and why you don't  need deadlines.How to build & run a SaaS productHow to balance technical excellence with business realities Why future proofing is bad idea [- 10:00}The importance of blurring the lines of development and infrastructure [14:00] How to get started with DevOps & evolve the maturity [16:00] and how it becomes a ‘whole of business philosophy' How Leadership, Trust and Empowerment are connected [19:00] Why you have to hand a business problem over to the technical teams instead of solutions [24:00] Metrics [25] Why you don’t need deadlines [27] Team Topologies [32] The importance of genuine, humble & servant leadership [32:30] 
Join Terry in this episode to learn how technology and innovation fit into the Leonardo consulting business.In this episode, we discuss innovation blueprints, process metrics, multi and hybrid cloud strategies, Kubernetes and OpenShift as the enablement layer for both multi and hybrid cloud architectures, the future of integration as well as the weakness and strengths of open source[time index]Integration & consulting blueprints Process metrics Waste and process mining  Multi-cloud 16:40 Cloud strategy - multi & hybrid cloud 18:00 Kubernetes and OpenShift as the foundation for a hybrid or multi-cloud strategy 19:40 The future of integration 20:00 Weakness & strength of open source 23:00 
Enjoy Hillery sharing how to build a Cloud, what makes an industry specific Cloud and her thoughts on what's next in the Cloud space. We are also discussing what special ingredients IBM brings to the Cloud market for its customers.00:00 IBM Fellows - a team of Nobel Prize winners, open source contributors and complex problem solvers 04:00 Munich - You gotta love Munich! 05:00 The silicon world explained for software engineers and how it fits into an Agile delivery world 10:00 How do you design a Cloud 23:00 How is a vertical cloud different - designing an ecosystem and the right compliance posture in the context of the biggest barrier of entry 29:00 The future of industry Clouds and associated ecosystems 32:00 What’s next in Cloud  
Having held senior engineering leadership roles at ASX, Macquarie Bank and globally at Nasdaq Katherine Squire knows what it takes to run and support national infrastructure.As one of the top female technology leaders in the region, Katherine shares deep insights into market changes, software engineering, how to deal with tech debt and where/which metrics make sense. Learn about the importance of 'Fear Free Development', Defensive Delivery VS Defensive Design strategies, human capital and what hiring managers look for compared to 20 years ago. Enjoy Katherine's lighthearted way of sharing deep experience and our buzzword bingo.Topics by time index:0+ Career in Capital Markets Acceleration & job tenure Human capital, skills in the market and how it affects technology choices What skills to hire 10+ The Dead Sea effect and culture Talent & technology - hyperscalers VS Open Source communities Hybrid talent strategies 20+ Fixing the next bottleneck, practical steps for continuous improveents Waterfall and where to go from there Choosing the right metrics, measuring waste and impact on team morale Developer utilisation  How Consistent innovation and confidence create a virtuous circle 30+ Fear Free Development Automation  Defensive Delivery VS Defensive Design Strategy Security & shift left and organisational change Tech debt addressed consciously & accelerators Digital Transformation & why they are failing 40+ The "Brent’s" from the Phoenix Project Career Advice 
Hear from Sol interesting concepts like Exit to Community, his view on how to enable everyone to be the best self and why being a good guy in Cyber is way more interesting than hacking itself.00:00 Improving political systems through technology and decentralisation of trust 12:00 Security is playing the long game 13:00 CNCF, White-hat hackers and rise of the technologists 14:30 Cyber, Fixing root access and improving systems on a daily basis 15:30 Cybersecurity is straight forward - but there's a lot to it 17:40 Cyber Defense is more rewarding 20:20 Threat modelling to aid decision making and web hooks needed for global innovations 24:00 Executives need help - It's not about poking it's about investing - Successful Change Management is about great leadership 28:00 5G, IoT, Kubernetes, edge, software is eating the world - there's a lot potential to mess up & how we tackle it. 32:00 Different approaches to Security in an Hybrid-Multi-Cloud 
Are you looking for credibility in the DevSecOps and cloud native security space, do you want to hear from an arrested hacker? It doesn't get much more credible than that. Meet Matt Flannery, CTO at Accelera Group on the future of cloud and cloud native security in this episode of the A Spanner in the Works disruption podcast.Learn about Matt’s interesting journey from hacker and packet gangster to CTO.How to write a CV as a hacker [10:00]The importance of culture and buy-in [18:25]Where to start with Cloud Native Security & The CNCF Security whitepaper [19:40]Starting points, guidelines & frameworks for CSIOs on Cloud Native Security [25:50]Defensive VS Offensive Security, Bug bounty programs, Security Chaos Engineering [28:40]How to become a white hat hacker - where to start [31:30]Public, hybrid and multi-Cloud security and data gravity [33:30]
Lucian Maly & Scott Winkler have brought the battle of the last 2 standing infrastructure automation and orchestration tools upon us. This episode discusses real world multi cloud use cases, community strength, secrets management, state versus stateless and performance. Enjoy book discount vouchers from the authors of Terraform in Action, Scott Winkler, and the Ansible based Network Automation Cookbook author Karim Okasha.Santa Claus has kindly sponsored book discount vouchers - Thank you, Scott, Karim & Santa!It's first come first serve!Here are some single-use codes for Terraform in Action book for the listeners: suterra-1A9F suterra-214C suterra-56A3 suterra-3997Book's product page: https://www.manning.com/books/terraform-in-actionAnd here's the discount code for the Network Automation Cookbook:https://www.amazon.com/gp/mpc/AS370P0ONMI5
Learn from Dr John Chan, Group Head of People Data & Analytics at QBE Insurance about his latest findings from his hot-off-the-press research on how organisational structures and cultures lead to burnout. The report and episode includes practical tips for corporate leaders about how to establish burnout preventing values and behaviours. Get your anti-burnout prescription today by converting FOMO into JOMO, cultivating your joy of missing out from Dr John Chan. The report can be found here: https://infinite-potential.com.au/
In this episode MIrco shares from his book 'DevOps for the Modern Enterprise'  views and insights from his DevOps and Agile journeys with many customers around the globe, why a pipeline doesn't make DevOps and his experience from bringing DevOps to the mainframe and COTS applications. We also discuss many other topics for example why Lean is the next phase after DevOps, Complex Systems Engineering, SRE, how to setup teams, what parts of cars, bridges and houses can be built agile and more.
Chromium Edition with Wayne Boxall. Do you want to learn from an open, honest and straight talking CIO what it takes to do transformation? Do you appreciate people who call a spade a spade? Then you will like this episode with Wayne Marchant sharing his experience on how he led Heritage Bank through a multi-year transformation journey while answering tough questions about who his allies and enemies were, whether there are people he'd like to see leave instead of being dragged along, whether management consultancies helped and many more.
John might not run out of burning buildings like Bruce Willis but his profile and mission is similar to ex-cop John McClane: ex-politician, current COO and future CEO of Foodbank NSW & ACT. Foodbank's and John's mission is to help people get access to nutritious food with dignity, to provide breakfast to kids so that they can focus on studying and to create positive vibes around schools. Learn from John how Foodbank manages to run a sustainable low carbon footprint charity even though the transport bill alone is already $1.4M. John talks about what drives him to convert a surprise chain into a supply chain and how Foodbank handled the fact that most of the corporate volunteering has dried up because of COVID.Support John and become a Hunger Fighter today https://www.foodbank.org.au/NSW-ACT/hunger-fighters/?state=nsw-act
Sam Higgins is a Principal Analyst at Forrester Research in Australia. I challenged Sam on his view on bi-modal IT. Get my lessons learned for free. Sam's first research paper was on the State of open source. We are discussing different aspects of bi-modal IT, associated architectures  and the mistakes organisations can make with leadership appointments. Sam shares his view on the linkage between culture and organisational performance as well as how to become an Analyst. You will learn how to spot trends, what drives trends, the importance of collaboration and the analyst day related experiences & learnings from Red Hat Summit.
In this episode you meet the Global CTO of Red Hat. You get to know a personal side of Chris and what the day in the life of the CTO of the largest software acquisition ever looks like. We are discussing the A/NZ marketplace compared to the rest of the world, the opportunities in the telco industry, deep thinking, the similarities of Open Data and Open Source, the resilience of the open source development model during a global pandemic, why the Linux micro VS monolithic kernel discussion is flaring up again, what people Chris is looking for when he is hiring for his team and why you should consider yourself lucky when your mother calls you a nerd with social skills.
Lynn Wood – Founder and Chief Idea Spy at ideaspies.com. Learn why IdeaSpies are driven by more than just ideas and ideation, and how to create a ‘Good News’ mindset to make the world a better place. IdeaSpies enables Enterprises with ideation processes and platforms to enable trust, drive performance and retain talent. We discuss how the idea spies concept is related to open source, the distribution of the future, the paying it forward mindset, that complaining doesn’t get you anywhere and how the platform has evolved since tested by KPMG.
Learn what leadership philosophies a CIO of the Year subscribes to, the right attitude towards experimentation, organisational culture, as well as the importance of clarity, capability and motivation. Furthermore, learn how a CNCF Ambassador picks up trends before they become trends, how open source community involvement creates leaders and how rows and columns are not really representing the real world.Paul is the current CIO of the Year in New Zealand and the acting CTO of Bank of New Zealand. BMK is a longstanding senior architect at BNZ and CNCF Ambassador.  Paul Littlefair & BMK Lakshminarayanan – A CIO of the Year and a CNCF ambassador at the same organisation – surely a match made in Heaven!
Australia's AgriWebb is the fastest growing AgTech startup worldwide.Chief Technology Officer Phil Chan will share his personal journey and what it means to be part of a successful startup committed to help double food production by 2050 while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Phil will share his insights about how farmers are innovators and technology savvy business people as well as his view on metrics and how AgriWebb uses OKRs to evolve even further into a more data driven business. As always we’ll also discuss the technologies involved and what’s next at AgriWebb.
In this episode Colin shares insights and tips on how to run a people centric professional services business amidst COVID-19 and social distancing. We learn about remote delivery tools and habits, things to be aware of when managing a combination of introverts and extrovert team members and what type of services customers ask for most right now.We also learn when you need anti-tank traps and why you should build data centres at least 40 kilometres apart if you expect a nuclear attack. 
Michael Heller works for the Office of the Chief Data Officer at IBM and is currently Chief Data Scientist in the Banking & Financial Services sector in Australia.If you are interested in data science then I suggest you grab pen and paper when listening to this episode.Michael's professional background was originally fixed income trading and working for major banks in the US. One day he realised that he needed to follow his heart and passion.Michael shares insights in the maths behind analytics, AI/ML, open source frameworks and what banks could do better. He traded bitcoin early on and picked with data science a second major trend - can that be coincidence?Michael will share his view on the business & technology outlook in general and why Kubernetes will have a major impact on data risk, security and data processing standards.We get to know a personal side of Michael and explore whether Geeks are polyglot or monolithic and the advantages of being a fat kid.
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