Platform Engineering

We regularly write about our technical experiences (good and bad) and what we're learning from the market.


    Ensuring success at the end of a consulting engagement

    Posted by Liz Douglass on 05 October 2021

    Modern Engineering, Operations


    As a client, it often takes a lot of time and effort to start an engagement with a consultancy, especially if it’s a significant investment or a strategic project. Finding support and sponsors, securing funding, deciding on tools, and identifying a strategic partner are all important and time-consuming tasks.


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    I don't think I have the tech capability that I need. What do I do?

    Posted by Liz Douglass on 06 July 2021

    Modern Engineering, Capability

    I can’t tell you how often I’ve spoken with CIOs and CTOs who say they have a gap in their team’s capability, but can’t quite identify what that gap is or how big it is. They just know they need a fresh perspective to solve old problems.

    If any of these scenarios sound familiar, then you may be in a similar situation:

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    Start from where you are

    Posted by Liz Douglass on 17 December 2020

    DevOps, Modern Engineering, Software Delivery

    Recently I've been reading Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans, who are both lecturers at Standford's famed The book introduces some of the theories of design thinking and one of the points they revisit a few times is the idea of "start(ing) where you are". I really like how practical and...

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    Tech delivery challenges effecting market share and how to navigate them

    Posted by Charu Agarwal on 01 December 2020

    Digital Transformation, agility, Modern Engineering, Software Delivery, service delivery

    Once upon a time, I believed that the global multinational organisations who were thriving when I was growing up could not be shaken, that they were too large and well established in their respective domains for new players to enter.

    My observations from periods of economic turmoil such as the pandemic, the global...

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    Map your way to understanding and agreement

    Posted by Liz Douglass on 04 November 2020

    DevOps, Modern Engineering, Mapping

    "Surely this is a simple change" or "I've got a nephew that built a mobile app in days".


    These are common reactions from stakeholders immediately after they hear the expected cost to get a new feature/product into the hands of their customers. These needn't be difficult conversations - you just need a map to...

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    Internal and external capability: both is best

    Posted by Liz Douglass on 15 October 2020

    DevOps, Modern Engineering, Software Delivery

    Something I’ve consistently observed in my career is the difference in capabilities between in-house and consulting engineering teams. I absolutely believe there is a need for both and the challenge for CIOs is to strike the right balance between the two. Why both? See my example below.



    Internal team members...

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    Speed up your IT delivery with modern engineering

    Posted by Liz Douglass on 29 September 2020

    DevOps, Modern Engineering, Software Delivery

    What I love about digital technology is that you can see the impact of your work more or less immediately. I also love that it’s always changing; we’re never done. There’s always work to do that improves the sales funnel or customer experiences. Or a new technology to incorporate. Or a new way of working. You can’t...

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