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... [More]
Session 3: Sprint activities for Agile ALM teams
Link to the Agi l e A L M V i rtu a l S t udy Gro u p S e ri e s f or information on registration and details on the different sessions
Link to session 1: htt p:// bit. ly/A alm_ S 1
Link to session 2: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S2
During the third session on this series, we explore the key activities completed by the Agile ALM team during a sprint. Using Rational Team Concert, we manage user... [More]
Session 2: Backlog management and release planning
Link to the Agil e AL M Vi rtua l St udy Grou p Se rie s for information on registration and details on the different sessions
Link to session 1: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S1
During the second session on this series, we review the key element of a Rational Team Concert (RTC) project based on the Scrum-Agile ALM process template.
Using RTC, we conduct activities to manage a product backlog... [More]
Session 1: Understand and reuse the technical solution assets
(See the Agile ALM Virtual Study Group Series for information on registration and details on the different sessions)
During the first session on this series, we want to describe what the IBM Rational Solution for Agile ALM with Scrum is, and what are the technical assets it contains. We also want people to understand how to find, install, and use those assets quickly. So we will cover the following topics:
As promised in Part 1 , I have continued my effort to document the differences between the RTC Scrum template and the Agile ALM Scrum template.
The summary-of-differences document, Link-to-Summary , has been updated with links to detailed information on the revised Defect and Story workflows . (See the first bullet under Work Item Types and Attributes .) The states and actions for these two work item types caused some confusion in the user community. T he Agile ALM Scrum template... [More]
All activities of the Agile ALM Virtual Study Group are now completed.
More information on each session (files, recording, workbooks) is available from:.
Virtual Study Group Part 1: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S1
Virtual Study Group Part 2: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S2
Virtual Study Group Part 3: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S3
The IBM Rational Solution for Agile ALM with Scrum (aka Agile ALM )... [More]
The New Deal for Software Development - Have you signed it yet?
This panel discussion will explain the thinking behind the need for "A New Deal" and answer questions from the audience.
The panel and moderators are all original signatories and invite you to join them on Tuesday, September 17, at 12noon EDT.
Walker Royce, Chief Software Economist, IBM
Scott Ambler, Senior Consulting Partner, Scott Ambler + Associates
At or around Innovate 2013, IBM released a new Agile ALM Scrum process template for RTC. The Agile ALM Scrum template is based on the Scrum template, with modifications promising better support for Agile Planning with Scrum .
After reviewing the new template, I became interested in morphing a Scrum-based project to the Agile ALM Scrum definitions. My first step was to create a summary of the differences between the two templates. (Thank you to the template authors for their help in finding and understanding these... [More]
Recently, Ken Schwaber--an Agile thought leader, co-creator of Scrum and someone I think very highly of--posted a controversial blog entry " unSAFe at Any Speed " during Agile2013. During my career as an agile transformation consultant, I have had the opportunity to work with Ken, Dean Leffingwell of SAFe and both Scott Ambler and Mark Lines of Disciplined Agile Delivery . I have studied their histories, intensely reviewed their current approaches beginning in 2007 and analyzed the... [More]
One of the things that I enjoy most about conferences like Agile2013 is the opportunity to hear different perspectives. It reinforces that a practice that one team deems critical may be utterly unhelpful to another team working in a different context.
Two people were discussing why there might be so much demand for a session on negotiation:
One took the need for negotiation skills to be a "smell"...that perhaps the team was having issues due to not delivering value on a cadence. Or, perhaps the team had very long... [More]
In response to: 10 Reasons to Consider Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
Scott Ambler presents an in-depth, live, virtual class:
"Disciplined Agile Delivery Overview" on Thursday, June 20th. [Fee:
$100 (register below); 3 PDUs]
Enrollment and details:
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... [More]
10. We are highly interactive virtual community--not just a forum or distribution list
The DevOps Community provides a collaborative environment with discussion groups, work groups focused on hard topics, interaction with some of the world's recognized thought leaders, webinars with interactive Q&A, training for specific practices and more. Better yet, these opportunities are almost always free.
9. We are community-driven and focus on topics of greatest interest to the community... [More]
And, so it is with sadness that the Zone departs Disney ... ahem... Innovate 2013
But, with Tropical Storm Andrea moving in....
(The Zone apologizes to Walt....)
Hi-Ho... Hi-Ho.... It's off to TSA we go....
With the world famous Darrel Rader
Sr Mgr, WW Capability and Community Development at IBM Rational
The Zone had an early morning skip level meeting.... more like skip three levels to kick off the day.... to start off a rockin' day.
It is with profound gratitude that the Zone wishes to thank Dennis Schultz of IBM Rational Unleash the Labs.
Dennis took time in his busy schedule to meet with one of the Zone's clients to walk through Rational Functional Tester. The session was highly educational for the client. It cleared up one of the architectural hurdles they face in implementing an improved... [More]
Today was a busy day for the Zone.
1) A client arrived at the Zone with an agile planning conundrum. It seemed that the development cycle time of two different types of software (two different languages) we so incompatible that the best the team could do sprint length wise was in the order of months. Upon review, it turned out that the client needed finer grained impact analysis between the two sets of software. When this could be understood, assessment of the difficulty (read story points) would be more... [More]
Since 2007, IBM has been enabling agile teams from smaller independent teams to those working in large-scale complex environments to become more agile. While others were focused on implementing electronic task boards and questioning whether agile at scale was even possible, IBM Rational was delivering Rational Team Concert on the Jazz platform and enabling distributed teams to embrace the core values and principles of agile, including collaboration, transparency, continuous improvement and adaptability.
In 2013, seven years after the... [More]
Realize Your Agile Potential at Innovate 2013 – Go, Grow and Scale!
For those that are coming to Innovate this will serve as an insider’s guide to get the most out of your week in Orlando. For those that haven’t registered, this is what you’ll be missing!
We’re finalizing the curriculum, the Solution Center and all the other activities that will make this year’s agile experience at Innovate the best yet!
Amazing speakers and curriculum
When I first heard about collaboration for development teams it seemed to have very soft benefits, and was
hard to quantify. But I've been thinking about it in the context of lean, and realised collaboration is
critical to improving a development process - and collaborative tools may well be the key to unlocking
When you think about software development in terms of a lean process, then an average team will have a
process efficiency of about 20% ( i.e. only 20% of the time taken to deliver a feature... [More]