DevOps is a culture in the world of software development organizations. A culture that ushers in a new way of working, requires new tools, and keeps customers happier. We'll talk about the new way of working and these new tools in a while. But first, a word about this different organizational culture.
DevOps requires all the folks that make and use software to work together a lot closer than they have been used to in the pre-DevOps world. DevOps is not just about development and operations, but it is about... [More]
This week, we have released Rational Team Concert 5.0.1 with new features to improve support for agile teams who are using Scrum and Kanban. Among other things, this new RTC version provides enhancements for planning, reporting, usability, traceability, and performance.
It also includes a “hidden” capability, the “ Quick Planner Technical Preview ”. Those who are familiar with the cloud offering IBM DevOps Services may already know the Quick Planner. A similar capability is now available... [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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
In a recent post, see here , I summarized four of the key DevOps principles, namely:
Automate as much of the deployment pipeline as feasible
Develop and test against a production-like system
Continuously validate operational quality characteristics
Programs and projects adopting continuous delivery practices must create software in such a way that the software can be released to production at any time.
A few weeks ago I delivered a session on Scaling Agile Planning to Support Large Distributed Programs at the 2014 IBM Innovate conference. The session was well received so have posted a copy of the slides for anyone interested, c lick here .
In this session, I discussed my lesson learned applying Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to solve some of the common scaling challenges at several large organizations where I consulted an an agile coach and scrummaster.
Scaling Agile - Session Abstract
During the Innovate conference earlier this month in Orlando, we delivered a 3-hour workshop on how to use Rational Team Concert with Scrum in agile projects. If you have not been able to travel to Florida, you can access the workshop material and do it on your own. To complete the hands-on exercise, you will access to an RTC environment.
Workbooks and instructions are provided here: http://bit.ly/Innovate1063
(File 1_AgileALM_Tutorial_SetupGuide.pdf describes how to set up and configure an RTC environment for the workshop)
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]
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