Our Playbooks

A compilation of playbooks filled with good practices

Success in any field comes by learning what others have already learned then applying it to your own situation. To aid this, we have produced a compilation of playbooks filled with good practices based on the experience of many Equal Experts people who worked over the years with hundreds of customers. They are a great example of the power of the Equal Experts network.

One of our shared principles is that we value a passion for learning over knowing all the answers. We don’t pretend to know all the answers – but we are confident in our ability to find them. We do not hire very experienced people because they know everything, but rather because they are better at knowing how and where to look for the answers.

We trade on our ability to learn and share knowledge, rather than protecting or ‘guarding’ it. At its core, Equal Experts is a haven where this sharing happens freely and happily, between like-minded practitioners.

This is why we felt compelled to open-source these playbooks, so that this knowledge can be shared as widely as possible.

We hope you find these playbooks as useful as we do.

The Equal Experts Digital Platform playbook is our thinking on why, when, and how to build Digital Platforms. A Digital Platform enables an organisation to achieve Continuous Delivery and Operability at scale.

Our approach is based on first-hand experience building Digital Platforms, and our deep expertise in both Continuous Delivery and Operability.

Chaos Day

The Equal Experts Chaos Day Playbook is a distillation of our thinking on how best to run a Chaos Day. It draws from our experience of running many Chaos Days across a diverse set of clients, ranging from large public-sector departments to private-sector retail organisations.

We are producing this playbook in stages. This stage provides a 5-minute guide to running a Chaos Day, for those keen to get started straight away

Over the past few years running an inception has become the default pattern for kicking off a new development initiative within Equal Experts. We find running inceptions provide the development team and the wider stakeholder group the foundations to kick off a development, giving it the best chance to be successful in the months that follow.

While starting a development is complex to get right, we believe that it is possible to formalise a generic blueprint to be used for knowledge sharing, inspiration and as a starting point. This is what we have attempted to capture in our playbook.

The Equal Experts Secure Delivery Playbook is a distillation of our thinking on how best to apply security within continuous delivery. We have open sourced it under a Creative Commons license for the benefit of the wider software development community, and encourage contributions to continually improve the content within it.

At Equal Experts, we often work as co-located teams; however this isn’t always the case. We have seen a variety of arrangements from a single hub location with work-from-home-Fridays to multiple hub locations spread across geographies and different time-zones to fully distributed teams.

This playbook is an attempt to distil some of our learnings from these situations so we can help people collaborate with teammates across locations and provide ways to improve your own distributed work experience.

Disrupt

The Equal Experts Disrupt Playbook gathers together the latest thinking from our Strategic Advisory practice. Our proprietary tools and techniques have been developed and optimised through engaging with clients of different sizes, in different sectors and geographies. The 'Disrupt' offering has been proven to be most effective when the unknowns are persistent. If an organisation is asking strategic questions such as how to survive and thrive in the age of disruption, complete an ambitious transformation journey, optimise their organisational design to go to the next level, make the right decisions about diversification, ensure change sticks, and much more - this Playbook contains the answers.

All about the process we use at Equal Experts to empower our people to be more autonomous. A huge departure from traditional top down decision making. It's also a great tool for examining the 'why' in decision making and considering what success will look like and how it can be measured.