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Scaling Agile with GRC (Governance, Risk, and Compliance)

In the 21st Century, software is at the forefront of our lives. Our insurance, money, communication is all done via software. As such, the importance of GRC is becoming ever more apparent as more and more sensitive information is being stored and viewed by a range of people. We as software practitioners have the responsibility to ensure we store data securely, encrypt communication, output data in a legal and compliant format, and make everything accessible to the general public. At the same time we want to be able to make changes to our platforms as quickly as possible to interact with market conditions.

GRC has always been something of an awkward conversation when it comes to agile delivery. There's no questioning the value of end-to-end delivery that includes the delivery of GRC related activities such as: security, accessibility, and financial reporting. GRC should be a function of delivery, not an afterthought. At the same time, the value in having independent auditing in are…

Book Review: Leading by Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson was Manchester United FC's manager for 27 years. During this time he managed the club to multiple titles while leading some of the most hard working, talented, and high performant players on the planet. I thought I'd give this book a shot to see what I can get out of it in my everyday life. Whether you like Alex (Or Manchester United FC) or not. It is clear that Alex was successful in his tenure at United and Aberdeen.What aspects of Alex's experience will I take into my software delivery life? And what aspects I won't?