Welcome to my site where I post my thoughts, my ideas and my general ramblings. I care about helping people and organisations get the most of technology. I am mostly interested in leading and growing engineering teams, aligning engineers with purpose and values and wardley mapping. I hope you find some of it useful.

Mixed Operating Models - part 1

This month I wanted to start discussing a topic that has been going around and around in circles of conversation and thoughts for several years now - mixed operating models in IT organisations. There is a lot of ground to cover so stick with me over the next couple of posts and I’ll show you how and why this comes about and what we can do about it. The Problem One of the most challenging aspects of operating IT systems in large enterprise organisations is that there is a complex web of applications, data and infrastructure of varying ages and levels of support....

March 28, 2022 · 9 min · liamjbennett

My experiences building teams

I started writing again in order to get some of those 1:1 conversations and email threads out into the public where some of the conversations, learning and titbits of information can be useful to others. On that same theme I wanted to write down some of those learnings I’ve had building teams over the past 5 years. Grow mentors, coaches and champions This is something I’ve had learn as my teams have grown....

February 16, 2022 · 8 min · liamjbennett

6 things I learnt migrating to the cloud

I’ve had the opportunity over the past 5 years to be involved in many many different cloud migrations of all shapes, sizes and industries. From large-scale lift and shifts, native refactoring and even one or two cloud-to-cloud migrations. There are couple of things I have learnt along the way that appear to remain true irrespective or size, scope or type of organisation. 1. The cloud provider you choose isn’t the best technical fit but the best cultural fit There used to be a trend when organistations were moving to the cloud to ask the question: which cloud provider do we go with?...

January 14, 2022 · 11 min · liamjbennett

Digital Garden

I’m very very late to the party when it comes to having a Digital Garden and knowing what that really is, but I’ve recently discovered it and I now I have a word for something I’ve been doing for a while now. Some folks have personal wiki’s, other’s task apps or blogs or github repos - all regularly tendered and updated with knowledge as they learn. For me it’s been more like a digital shed....

November 11, 2021 · 1 min · liamjbennett

Lessons learnt being remote

I suppose that many of you reading this are doing so because the theme of remote working is top of mind and like myself over the past year you’ve found yourself in a deep hole of blog posts and podcasts trying to give you all tips on how to work remotely, how to manage a team remotely and how to do so without burning yourself out and becoming a titrant....

November 10, 2021 · 7 min · liamjbennett

Explaining my workflow

This is one of those posts that I have been meaning to write for while. Over the years one of the things that I have found useful in my career has been always being up-to-date on the latest technology, the latest news on companies, the latest ideas methodologies and the latest scientific research. At the speed that all of these areas move, it’s not the easiest thing to do and can often feel like your trying to drink from a firehose....

August 21, 2021 · 5 min · liamjbennett