Virtual Roundtable Discussion: "Realizing agility with discipline: Addressing the needs of agile adoption in a government environment"
You are invited to participate in a virtual roundtable on Agility in Government. This is a follow on discussion to IBM's webcast on "Realizing agility with discipline: Addressing the needs of agile adoption in a government."
Many agencies are adopting, or want to adopt Agile practices to drive faster delivery, higher quality, and improved collaboration. Government agencies... [More]
You have probably heard about DevOps but you want to cut through the hype and understand more about this approach. That is the genesis of DevOps For Dummies, authored by IBM's Sanjeev Sharma. It is written to appeal to both practitioners and managers and to show you how you can apply a new DevOps approach to more rapidly deliver innovative applications and services that solve real business problems.
After reading this book, you will have learned:
What is DevOps, the value to the business and what it means for the developer
Agile development is often deemed best for projects having variable scope with prioritized backlog, low number of critical dependencies on other applications, limited or no regulatory requirements, subject matter experts availability, technology, teams level of experience with Agile. When any of these boxes are not ticked, teams often find it challenging and difficult to use Agile development and move over to other traditional development methods like waterfall.
My thoughts in this blog are based on experiences and best practices which... [More]
One of our goals as a community is to provide engaging opportunities for people to come together for different types of events and share their stories and experiences. Our comm unit y ev ents cal enda r is intended to be a place where members can find out about upcoming events or post events that they think the community would find interesting.
One of the cool features of our events calendar that most people don't know about is the iCal feed which automatically keeps your personal calendar in... [More]
Please join us in a virtual round-table * discussion on Agile. The focus of the discussion will be metrics in an agile environment:
1. What are the most important metrics to help Agile Teams to improve?
2. Are metrics against the agile value of simplicity -- "maximizing the amount of work not done"?
3 What kinds of metrics have you seen implemented that drive the wrong behavior?
4. What is best way to determine what metrics should be tracked for... [More]
Continuous Integration (CI) Practice and Challenges, Part 1
Today, CI is given more attention than ever,because it is becoming more and more complex to use. Large projects involvehundreds of developers working together on a huge volume of components. As aproject scales up in size and complexity, it becomes harder and longer tointegrates all pieces together. The effort required for integrating asystem increases exponentially over time and without a Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD), CI adoption might fail.Taking a CI approach to software... [More]
My journey: How I became a Certified ScrumMaster I hope this helps if you want to become a Certified ScrumMaster I am a Certified ScrumMaster . In fact, I am a Certified Scrum Professional . But things were not always thus ...
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Once upon a time, well, really a few years ago, ...
I was working at a client trying to gather requirements with
the intent of developing, testing, and deploying extensions / plugins to
Rational Team Concert (RTC).... [More]
By Reedy Feggins, Agile Coach and WW IBM Solution Architect
This multi-part blog provides the reader practices for creating, planning and managing user stories to help steer your project towards a successful outcome. In this blog we explore what are user stories and how are they used. We look at examples of good user stories and bad user stories. In future posts we will drill in deeper into topics such as:
Grooming Product Backlogs
Ensuring User Stories are Testable
Part 1:... [More]
If you're thinking about embarking on the journey of agiletransformation you should be clear about why you want to become agile. The goalof being agile is to handle change. How would you handle change which, by theway, is often of the unexpected variety? At the very least you would not fallapart and stop operating. However it would be more desirable that youcapitalize on it. As jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis, said, "There are nomistakes in jazz--only opportunities." If you're working in an environment in which everything isroutine, every... [More]
During my career, I have used many Agile methods/processes. IBM’s Agile with Discipline (AWD) happens to be one of them; therefore, I would be remiss if I did not share my experiences learning and using it.
I first stumbled upon AWD in 2008 while evaluating a Scrum implementation for a major telecommunications company. I heard the company had, at one time, considered AWD and then decided to hire another company that used Scrum.
As I was an IBM employee and this was an IBM offering, my already inquisitive nature was... [More]
Mobile Development and Agility
Last week I presented at the Melbourne and Sydney Innovate conferences, while there I was able to slip into a session that was presented by Jeffrey Hammond of Forrester Research and Leigh Williamson , IBM Rational Distinguished Engineer. It was a fantastic session and it really hit me that mobile will end the “should we adopt agile” conversation. To paraphrase Jeffrey Hammond from Forrester Research, organizations that have mobile on their roadmap will need to embrace agile... [More]
The adoption of agile practices has proven successful in helping teams address the business imperative to deliver more value quickly with high quality and lower cost, but agile in isolation does not imply organizational success. As a result, organizations worldwide are exploring how to scale those very same agile and lean principles practiced at the team level across the enterprise -- some are even doing it!
IBM’s DevOps approach supports the continuous delivery model through an open-standards-based tooling platform to help drive... [More]
Foundations of the Scaled Agile Framework:
--> Be Agile. Scale Up. Stay Lean. And Have More Fun
Apr 1, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Dean Leffingwell (Scaled Agile, Inc.), Jennifer Fawcett (Scaled Agile, Inc.)
Link to reco rdin g: htt p:// yout u.be /H_7 52O8 P_B s
Link to presentation mate rial : htt p:// ow.l y/vl... [More]
We are pleased to announce members of the new DevO ps C ommu nity Lea ders hip Tea m . The selection was difficult, given the number of highly qualified candidates who applied for a very limited number of seats. We wish to sincerely thank everyone for their efforts and interest.
The members of the team provide complementary strengths and significant depth of experience. They bring insight from diverse roles, methods, practices, geographies and industries. Most importantly, they have a strong... [More]
At some point in time, every software application will go into maintenance where most of the software updates going forward are limited to minor enhancements and bug fixes. While often overlooked, maintenance is an integral part of most IT organizations. Studies have shown that some IT organizations spend as much as 75% of their overall software budgets on software maintenance . While many iT organizations have started using agile practices on projects, the projects usually are fixed iterations, between 2 to 4 weeks, use a single product... [More]