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0800-DEVOPS #46 – Auditing with agility with Clarissa Lucas

28. 03. 2023

Welcome to 0800-DEVOPS, a newsletter digest of interesting ideas from the world of DevOps, technical practices and increased productivity! I talked with Clarissa about auditing with agility and tearing down the fences between delivery teams and auditors.

A newsletter that started as a personal learning and getting-in-touch project by Ivan Krnic grew into a sociotechnical newsletter covering topics of technical excellence, organizational improvements, and productivity.

Auditors are friends

Development teams in highly-regulated industries have a “hard time” dealing with auditors, those problematic people that, in developers’ minds, don’t understand the technology or the project context. They appear when you expect them the least and ask difficult questions.

It doesn’t have to be that way! When auditors are part of the team (or at least close to the team!), they can participate in designing the controls that ensure that all organizational policies and guidelines are followed.

Participating in the software delivery process, auditors can get familiar with the technology and adapt policies so the whole organization can leverage that technology to shorten time-to-market and reduce human effort while keeping high standards. Listen to my conversation with Clarissa Lucas sharing her experience as an auditor working closely with development teams.

Auditors are an excellent example of “shifting left” a non-technical role. Do you have similar examples? Let me know!

Interview of the Month

Auditing with agility with Clarissa Lucas

Auditing with agility with Clarissa Lucas

Clarissa Lucas is IT Audit Director, speaker, and book author. I loved talking to her because, for most of my professional career, I was dealing with the technical aspects of delivering software solutions. And I remember many times I was freaking out because I saw that “we”, the technical people, and “they”, the non-technical people, were not aligned on how we delivered software. Clarissa comes from that other side of the fence and is working hard to achieve the alignment of delivery and audit. We talked about auditing with agility and tearing down the fence between delivery teams and auditors.

QED 2023 conference

We’re back in Zadar for another QED conference!

Our keynote speaker will be Kelsey Hightower, Distinguished Engineer at Google Cloud, and we’ll talk about the value technology brings to the table! Register here and join us!

Hand picked

What Are Cloud-Bound Applications?Bilgin Ibryam describes the evolution of cloud-native context characterized by the cloud addressing both infrastructure and application layer needs. Looking at your application, you will literally not know where (one) cloud begins, and (another) cloud ends.

Thousands of Popular Websites See What You Type—Before You Hit SubmitIf you thought you could write whatever you wanted in website forms before you hit submit, think again. Lily Hay Newman shares the results of a study: a surprising number of websites capture your data as you type it, even before you hit Submit.

What you give up when moving into engineering management – Engineering management is excellent, but people sometimes don’t appreciate the trade-offs they will need to make. If you’re considering this role, Karl Hughes shares some of the things you’ll need to give up to succeed.

The Brutal Truth: Developer Experience Challenges in Non-Tech EnterprisesBMK shares his view on challenges that non-tech enterprises have in achieving positive developer experience.

Read with us

Read with us

Beyond Agile Auditing: Three Core Components to Revolutionize Your Internal Audit Practices

Get the book

Clarissa’s book will be released in Spring 2023. Listen to our conversation as a sneak preview of the good advice you can get from the book.

If you’re interested in integrating the audit function, as well as other non-technical functions, in your software delivery process, Clarissa has you covered. Her experience as a non-technical person living the mindset of progressive technical organizations is gold.

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