Was recently on a call with a team when the question came up, “Often times we get pushback from stakeholders when we say we need to refactor. How can we convince them that it needs to happen?”

I actually hear this pretty frequently. When stakeholders (or even development teams) don’t understand the hidden cost of a messy codebase, they are just making the best decision they know how. It’s the business’ job to make sure they are fulfilling their mission for as little cost as they can. As technologists that enable the business, it’s our job to make sure they…

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Not Quite Teams

I have had the opportunity to sit with many teams. In every case, the team was struggling to deliver effectively, whether they realized it or not. That’s why my team would be engaged. A strike force built to dive into the trenches with teams to help them address quality, consistency, and execution.

What I noticed, in almost every case, was that the “team” was, in actuality, simply a group of people that had been assigned to work on the same code base. This collection of individuals set about doing their best to deliver value. Sometimes they sub-divided into smaller groups…

Nathan Nicholson

Senior Software Engineer and Value Stream Architect at Walmart

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