Mar 9, 2017   |   Lukas Velush

DevOps lesson: Don’t sprint with your shoes tied together

It’s hard to sprint down the track when your shoelaces are tied together. After adopting a DevOps engineering sprint structure, one Microsoft IT team kept getting bogged down by routine work, slowing everyone down. More challenged than frustrated, their manager went looking for help and found that some teams were assigning one person per sprint...

Feb 23, 2017   |   Lukas Velush

Meditation helps tester embrace transformative role change

When Robin Liu was told her job as a tester at Microsoft was being changed to a software engineer, her first reaction was fear. Even for a practicing Buddhist who has grounded her life in the pursuit of happiness and truth, fear of the unknown can still strike hard. Liu was a Microsoft IT tester...

Jan 31, 2017   |   Pankaj Arora

Digital transformation through Smart Buildings

We’re on a journey of digital transformation. Every company is becoming a software company. According to the World Economic Forum, civilization is entering a fourth industrial revolution built around cyber-physical systems. Physical, digital, and even biological realities are staring to merge. For CIOs and IT organizations, this presents an opportunity to apply new technologies in...

Jan 30, 2017   |   J.S. Warnick

IT’s great mindset migration

Jim Adams is a one-man metaphor for the evolution of IT. A 16-year veteran of Microsoft IT, Adams spent years working on a team that ran the Exchange, messaging, and SharePoint services internally for the company. A few years ago, when Microsoft decided to go “all-in” on cloud computing, Adams was asked to migrate those...

Jan 30, 2017   |   J.S. Warnick

IT pros save the day for ‘Gears of War’

A small squad of IT professionals – in their quiet, geeky way – totally saved the day for Gears of War 4. People tend to throw the word “epic” around willy-nilly. It’s used to describe all manner of things – burritos, a Friday night out, a vacation, a work karaoke party where the boss performs...