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Let’s Build Tomorrow Today: The Growth, Passion and Reality of IT Management

In my pre-Cisco Live US blog, I talked about my excitement and how I was greatly anticipating the event. I was both excited and nervous to present, wanting to participate in everything, and network with as many customers as possible. The week left me absolutely drained, but it was unlike any experience I have had in my 15 years at Cisco. Read More »

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Cisco IT’s Playbook for Ensuring a Pervasive User Experience

User experience (UX) is a strategic priority at Cisco IT. In fact, improving user experience is incorporated into our IT Vision, Strategy, and Execution statement. When we talk about user experience, we raise the importance of better UX design, a better user interface, and the ability to make it pervasive. But, what we are really trying to establish is a cultural change as to how we approach this strategic priority. That is the bottom line. How can we make it part of our DNA and embed it in our operating model? Read More »

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5 Tips for Building an Effective Continuous Delivery Team

Becoming part of a continuous delivery team can seem daunting. Being tasked with creating one, even more so. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Taking a step-by-step approach and having your end goal in mind can get you and your team there intact. Here are some tips that I follow as we move toward continuous delivery in a way that is sustainable for my business partners and my team, and that minimizes risk to delivery. Read More »

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Why IT Standardization?

Cisco IT has over our history become more and more standardized, with standard architectures (which are continuously upgraded to meet future business needs), and standard products, designs, software versions, and configurations. But we’ve never really told the story about WHY we have standardized so thoroughly. Many customers ask “What is the value of a global IT standard vs. regional or local designs?”
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Agile in Action – eStore and Minimum Viable Product (MVP)

We are hearing so much about Agile and Fast IT at present and so I wanted to share an example of a key Agile concept in action within Cisco IT – that of ‘Minimum Viable Product’ (MVP). This simple yet powerful concept empowers you to get your product out into the marketplace as quickly as possible with only the essential feature sets. From here, you can gain experience, hear what your users have to say and assess your next steps. Read More »

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