“If you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford
Over the past several years, I have heard agile experts claim Scrum does not scale. Many of these experts never really address why they believe Scrum does not scale. Instead, they usually spend their time talking about their own homegrown process—a process that according to them does, in fact, scale.
Anyone who is familiar with my articles knows that I am not one to get into process wars. My intention in writing this article is to discuss why I... [More]
“It’s possible to achieve almost anything as long as you are not worried about who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman
Over the past several years, I have worked with many clients who were in the process of incorporating Scrum that either did not have company-wide implementation or who had contracts with third parties who were using Waterfall and who did not intend to change to Scrum or any other Agile process. This became an issue when the Scrum team(s) were implementing functionality that was required by the Waterfall teams and... [More]
I ran across this on Twitter this morning and thought it would be useful for anyone who are currently interested in adopting a DevOps approach with Cloud. Dan Berg ( @dancberg ) posted this easy to understand whiteboard video. If you don't see the embedded window below, click HERE to go directly to YouTube. I apologize in advance if you are unable to access YouTube.
“The snake which cannot shed its’ skin has to die. As well as the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” Friedrich Nietzsche
Recently, I was attending a Deep-Dive study group that was hosted by Lyssa Crispin and Michael Spayd of the Agile Coaching Institute. During our discussions, I began to think about all of the agile transformation efforts I had participated on and what, in my opinion, seemed to be one of the deterrents to a successful agile transformation.
What I... [More]
As we adopt DevOps practices within IBM, we quickly find that there are many business processes which can get in the way of continuous delivery. Most of these processes are put in place to mitigate risk of releasing products that may expose IBM to legal action (e.g. license infringements or regulatory non-compliance), or that could jeopardize IBM's reputation (e.g. through poor quality or security vulnerabilities). There is a lot of work currently underway to streamline these processes. Essentially, we need to... [More]
A new Infinite Undo blog article provides some great examples from Google, Amazon and Facebook that demonstrate that “ Continuous Delivery is mainstream .” Core practices and techniques that support DevOps and continuous delivery have been around for years. Not only is continuous delivery possible, but surveys are demonstrating that there is significant value in embracing continuous delivery. The 2013 DevOps Survey showed that high-performing organizations are delivering 30x more frequent releases than their peers and with much greater... [More]
It seems that every year, as soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers are put away, the lists of the year's best books, movies, CDs appear, quickly followed by the lists of predictions for the next year's top trends. Gart ner' s to p 10 str ateg y tr ends for 201 4 mention DevOps:
Software Defined Anything
Software-defined anything (SDx) is defined by “improved standards for infrastructure programability and data center interoperability driven by automation inherent to cloud computing, DevOps... [More]
If you missed Steve Farley, VP NationWide or Sal Vella, IBM VP Product Development, discussing improving the customer experience for web and mobile applications at Innovate 2013, this is your chance to catch up with this condensed five-minute video of their key highlights. For more information on Monitor & Optimize solutions, please visit the IBM DevOps website.
Calvin Powers, managing editor for security at developerWorks, hosted a panel in which Gene Kim discussed his new book, The Phoenix Project , with IBM DevOps experts, Ann Marie Fred and Michael Elder.
Gene has also written a "DevOps Distilled" article series for developerWorks. In that series of articles, Gene shares his unique perspective on the history of the DevOps movement and where it is heading today, with an eye toward how information security fits into the overall operations perspective of DevOps.
Our agile program and release planning tool Sellegi ACT has been developed for several years. It was a monolithic, eclipse-based, thick client with file based data storage.
We knew that the features in our product are one of a kind; supporting enterprise agility in an extremely efficient way. But the UI on the thick client makes it less intuitive to understand and use. In June we decided to migrate the complete tool to a web-based, client / server application. A complete shift of architecture, platform, storage... [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]
50,000 square foot Austin Design Studio leads effort to redesign the face of enterprise software
IBM recently announced the opening of a state-of-the-art product design studio in Austin, Texas that will focus on how a new era of software will be designed, developed, and consumed by organizations around the globe. DevOps topics focus on the processes involved in getting software to clients; this design studio will be involved in how those products are designed.
From this studio, IBM will... [More]
IBM Press has published, Being Agile: Eleven Breakthrough Techniques to Keep You from "Waterfalling Backward" by Leslie Ekas and Scott Will. This book is available in hardcopy and ebook formats. About the Book Drawing on their experience helping more than 100 teams transition to agile, the authors review its key principles, identify corresponding practices, and offer breakthrough approaches for implementing them. Using their techniques, you can break typical waterfall patterns and go beyond merely “doing agile” to actually thinking and... [More]
The DevOps movement is young and still emerging, especially among enterprises. Like any new movement or trend, it has attracted myths and fallacies. Some of these myths may have originated in companies or projects that tried and failed to adopt DevOps. What’s true in one situation, however, may not necessarily be true in others. To cut through the hype and understand more about the DevOps approach, please get your complimentary copy of DevOps for Dummies where we explore some common myths about DevOps....and the facts to set things... [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
Session 3: Sprint activities for Agile ALM teams
Link to th e Ag i l e A L M V i rt u a l S t ud y Gr o u p S e r i e s f or information on registration and details on the different sessions
Link to session 1 : ht t p:/ / bit . ly/ A alm _ S 1
Link to session 2: htt p:// bit. ly/A alm_ S 2
During the third session on this series, we explore the key activities completed by the Agile ALM team during a sprint. Using Rational Team... [More]
Session 2: Backlog management and release planning
Agil e AL M Vi rtua l St udy Grou p Se rie s for information on registration and details on the different sessions
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.
IBM Rational Solution for Agile ALM with Scrum .
Explore elements in an Agile ALM project
Share a product vision
Session 1: Understand and reuse the technical solution assets
(See 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)
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 summ ary- of-d iffe renc es docu ment , Lin k-to -Sum mar y , h as 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... [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: htt p:// bit. ly/A alm_ S 1
Virtual Study Group Part 2: htt p:// bit. ly/A alm_ S 2
Virtual Study Group Part 3: htt p:// bit. ly/A alm_ S 3
The IBM Rati onal Sol utio n fo r Ag ile ALM with Scr u m... [More]
The New Deal for Sof twar e De velo pmen t - Ha ve 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 ... [More]
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 " unS AFe at A ny S pee d " 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 Disc ipli ned Agil e De live r y . I have studied their histories, intensely reviewed their current approaches beginning in 2007 and... [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 cycles that... [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]
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 The... [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
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