A couple of months ago at our Interconnect conference, I was on a panel that led to an interesting discussion with a customer. The panel was on “Shift Left Testing”, but I had also introduced the idea of moving some testing to production. The customer said to me, “so some testing is shift-left & some is shift-right.” For me it was an “aha” moment crystallizing things I’ve been thinking a lot about and I’m co-opting the term.
Indeed, that’s exactly what we need to do... [More]
Are you looking for informative webcasts on the Scaled Agile Framework?
Check out the new SAFe webcast page !
Note: This page is also linked to from the SAFe landing page .
Agile/DevOps Solution Offering Manager
That which does not kill us makes us stronger - F. Nietzsche
As those of you who follow my blog know, last year I attended the Agile Team Coaching Class with Lyssa Adkins and Michael Hamman. The wealth of knowledge I gained in this class literally changed the course of my life. You may think that I am being a bit melodramatic,” but the truth of the matter is that this class, more than all the others I have taken, so intensified my desire not just to do Agile but to be Agile that I decided to devote myself totally to being and doing... [More]
Are you interested in how to leverage the power of the IBM DevOps platform to accelerate your SAFe adoption? Are you interested in how IBM supports SAFe?
If so, you are not going to want to miss these two webcasts.
Mark your calendars!
Date/Time : March 25, 2015, 4PM ET
Title : A SAFe Approach to DevOps
Abstract : An IBM DevOps approach supports the continuous delivery model through an open-standards-based tooling platform to help drive organizational efficiency and effectiveness. The Scaled... [More]
The Scaled Agile Framework for Lean Systems Engineering (SAFe LSE) is now public. SAFe LSE is an extension of SAFe , the market-leading framework for scaling lean and agile principles, that targets engineered products and systems. It's purpose is to provide values, principles, and practices to help build complex, software-intensive products and systems in a lean and agile manner.
SAFe LSE public site - http://safe-lse.com/
Press release - ... [More]
Be a lean startup in an Enterprise. Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Yet Enterprises must innovate to stay alive in today’s transparent, interconnected and fast-changing world. In The Lean Startup , Eric Ries defends the position that “ Intrapreneurs [people who are innovating within an established company] have much more in common with the rest of the community of entrepreneurs than most people believe”, that “Entrepreneurship . . . requires a new kind of management specifically geared to its context of extreme... [More]
Themes are percolating in my brain spurred by everything from my Twitter feed , to LinkedIn to hallway conversations with colleagues. There’s a lot of angst about responding to market changes and customer expectations. The techniques we all talk about: Lean , Agile , Continuous Delivery , DevOps , Design Thinking have everyone wondering how to reconcile all of these themes into an action plan to address those expectations.
I keep thinking it doesn’t have to be that complicated. There’s no secret formula that... [More]
Rational Team Concert (RTC) is at the core of IBM’s DevOps solution and the logical starting point for teams looking to get started with SAFe. Through a choice of topologies that include either a single RTC Project Area for small teams or multiple RTC Project Areas for added flexibility and scalability, RTC can be configured today to provide SAFe support that addresses the needs of small and mid-range IT shops as well as large, regulated IT organizations. The choice of topology depends on the characteristics of the organization. To learn... [More]
About two years ago, we started the Learning Circles initiative to provide simple and structured educational material on some IBM Rational products. There are now 11 published Learning Circles that you can leverage for your own enablement, or for self-paced training in your organization.
To align the material with latest product releases, the CLM and the RTC Learning Circles have been recently updated. They now include specific material on CLM 5.0 (and even 5.0.2 for RTC).
Earlier this year, we also worked with Scaled 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]
RTC 5.0.2 - Newest improvements for Agile Teams
December 2, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
JL Marechaux (IBM)
Rolf Nelson (IBM)
Link to PRESENTATION
Link to RECORDING
If you care about Rational Team Concert for agile development, DO NOT not miss this webinar! We will... [More]
Common issues and resolutions for Continuous Delivery on Cloud
Rong Zhao ( email@example.com ): Release & Project Manager of Smarter Cities Cloud Team, managing SaaS releases and projects, with rich experience for Continuous Delivery, DevOps, Project & Release Management.
Li Quan Cui ( firstname.lastname@example.org ): T echnical lead of IBM Smarter Cities Cloud operations team, expert on operation framework and automation for IBM Smarter Cities SaaS products.
When software organizations talk about “Going Agile”, they often mean they are adopting a set of agile practices, such as Scrum or XP practices. While this approach does help teach teams the mechanics of agile, this often lead to poorly executed implementations or "Agile-Fall".
Many organizations fail to graphs that a “ A move toward Agile implies that your organization is making a cultural transformation to embrace the Agile values and principles and put them into action. ”
A few weeks ago during an agile adoption seminar with a program manager considering using agile, I was asked to evaluate approaches to scaling agile practices to support adoption by a large program for their enterprise. This program had already adopted some basic agile practices (such as daily meetings, stories and Scrum) but felt they weren’t getting the benefits that other, smaller teams, got from “going agile”.
At first I thought this would be an easy exercise, given over the years I have had to assist several... [More]
While testing may take as long as it takes, what happens if the time available is less than what is required. Has the application been tested with sufficient coverage so that the organization is releasing with confidence. In today's world, the delivery teams need to look for ways to become more efficient and effective in their testing process and deliver software of higher quality at the speed their customer demand.
To better understand the challenges Testers face, we asked the Testing community about their jobs: what distracts them,... [More]
“Seeing is not believing; believing is seeing! You see things, not as they are, but as you are.” – Eric Butterworth
The impact of organizational culture on a successful agile transformation cannot be understated. That said; I believe we must not lose sight of the fact that an organization is composed of many different individuals. As the whole can never be greater than the sum total of its various parts, I believe it is necessary to evaluate not only the organizational culture but the individual... [More]
“ Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast ” – Peter Drucker
This is the first in a series of articles that I will be writing concerning the various aspects of individual and organizational culture and their impact on agile transformations. During this journey, I will be providing my own insights, as well as those obtained from the likes of William E. Schneider, John P. Cotter, Michael Sahota, Michael Spayd, Lyssa Adkins, Frederic Laloux, and many other people who have influenced me either through my job, teaching,... [More]
The days of having any color as long as it is black are over for the software industry. Customers are demanding variety in off-the-shelf products. And amazingly, given the complexity of software production, customers are beginning to get the specialization and variety they demand. Be it the traditional choice between Linux and Windows compatible versions, or selecting built in industry report templates, customers are getting increasingly specific and exclusive in the choices they make. While we are not yet ready to let... [More]
It is quite common for organizations to deploy their applications onto multiple environments. For example, most teams need environments for development, test, pre-production, and production.
Dealing with all these environments is never easy, and it requires collaborative work between development, tests, operation, and 3 teams.
IBM DevOps Services recently (Oct 2) improved the Delivery Pipeline to support multistage deployment. If you have multiple Bluemix spaces, you can configure the pipeline to deploy to these different... [More]
Over the years, I’ve been on a lot of test teams and I’ve talked to a lot of customers’ test teams. I noticed this pattern a few years ago, and used to think it would be nice to skip the usual mistakes. But now, I’m thinking it’s become an imperative to actually change the pattern.
So, let me start at the beginning. The test automation beginning that is. Most teams (myself included) start by focusing on a test tool to do end-to-end customer focused testing. This almost always leads to... [More]
There’s been a refrain I’m hearing lately: “The team has six weeks of manual testing at the end of every release cycle. In order to get to continuous delivery, we have to address all this technical debt and automate those tests– we can’t possibly find enough time or resource to do that. “
Are you sure?
Right now you’re thinking this is going to be another one of those exhortations to prioritize technical debt because it’s killing the team. Nope. I’m suggesting you forget... [More]
Thinking about deploying your applications in the cloud ? Worried about how your applications will work in different, frequently varying environments. No matter how many times you may have tested your application in simulated cloud-like settings, verified recovery from server or operating system failures, and tuned your application till it runs like a Ferrari simulation, you can never be certain that all will be well in the hurly-burly of the cloud.
Application deployment is one of the trickiest aspects of cloud... [More]
2015 brings a new event experience for Innovate attendees because we have combined three IBM conferences—Innovate, Pulse, and Impact—into one comprehensive software event: IBM InterConnect 2015. And we have a new time: February 22-26 2015. We have a new place: Las Vegas, Nevada.
Because we have combined these events, there are even more networking opportunities, professional education, and technical certifications available to attendees. The topics will also range... [More]
Customers today are demanding, and getting quicker responses to product feedback. Software versions released at an ever brisker pace reflect the urgency with which firms are treating customer demands. How does a firm handle the challenges that these heightened expectations bring up? What are the tools that it should acquire to manage the complexity?
Typically, a software delivery chain consists of a source code version succeeded by a sequence of binaries deployed successively in various test environments, leading up to... [More]
Another story to share ... from members of the IBM Rational Services team in South America. I thought that this was another great DevOps adoption story worth sharing. I've taken the names out to protect the customer's privacy.
What is this story about??
This story is about a customer who is one of the largest banks in South America. This bank provides many different services to its customers and needs to keep up with the fierce competitive landscape. As with most industries, the... [More]