Author : BurgherJon

Book Review: The DevOps Handbook

For the first two hours I was reading this book, I was convinced that I was going to gain nothing from it.  Convinced that all it was going to do was say “There need not be a line between Dev and Operations” 432 different ways.  Don’t get me wrong, I…

Agile/DevOps Maturity Model at the Team Level

This is going to upset a lot of consultants, but I think Agile/DevOps maturity models are ridiculous.  Most of them are setup to test if you look like a good Agile team, rather than checking what really matters. I typically see questions like; “Is your team 7 +/- 2?”, “Do…

I’m Moving To NYC!

I intend to write a few posts during what is going to be a HUGE March for me, but let’s start with the facts.  The moving truck above is loaded up with my stuff and headed to New York!  I have resigned my Development Manager role at Fannie Mae and…

New Site

As 2016 wound down and I started thinking about things that I really ought to be doing, and I added JonathanCavell.com to the list.  This was partly because I missed occasionally writing out a blog post or reviewing a book, but honestly it had most to do with the existing…

Book Review: Kotter’s Leading Change

This book is the seminal text on organizational change for a reason.  It’s part of my, “Remember What You Learned in Your MBA Book Tour.”  It’s centered around the 8 steps that you might have known intuitively, but can really use in your arsenal on paper: Communicate the Vision Empower…

Book Review: Understanding Michael Porter

My MBA didn’t seem like it was 5 years ago until I started reading this book.  The amount of strategy I had known and forgotten was a little bit staggering.  Eventhough my job is firmly entrenched in technology these days, this was a solid refresher on some of Porter’s best…

Book Review: Thinking, Fast and Slow

As a study of the human mind and a container of brilliant little anecdotes, this book deserves all of the credit it has received.  Unfortunately, Kahneman doesn’t always bring things back to a central point, a place where you can absorb the information and take meaningful actions from it.  It’s…

Book Review: User Story Mapping

One of the most talented developers I’ve ever worked with recommended this book to me.  A guy who, at least when a big financial is his client, finds himself arguing against documentation more often than for it recommending a book about requirement documentation? Figured it must be worth the read….

Systematically Betting on Baseball (fun with Spreadsheets)

If you know me in the “real world” you know that I am a huge Pirate fan.  The part of baseball I have found interesting for most of my life is player development.  Watching players get drafted at 18 out of high school or signed at 16 out of Latin…

The 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

In 2014 I got much better about tracking my successes and failures thanks to both improvements in technology and my discipline.  I intend to use these improvements in order to make my goals stick.  This year I’ve added a few metrics under most of my goals and even created one…