DevOps in Practice – Best Practices for Adopting Continuous Delivery
In many respects, delivering software updates the last mile to production is often one of the biggest challenges. Product development has worked with the business on defining a innovative product, the architects have architected a first-rate technical solution, the team is designing a great mobile app and the solution has passed the testing suite ensuring quality. However, releasing it to product is often the most difficult and dangerous part of the process.... [More]
In traditional software development lifecycles you typically only perform "deployment" once at the end of the project, but with agile you may deploy multiple times in some or even all of your iterations. Deploying incrementally can be a challenge unless you follow some great agile deployment practices. In addition, deploying more frequently can add huge value to your overall solution. Just to get us on the same page, I define "deployment" as ensuring your solution reaches AND is used by the intended end users.
Successful agile transformations often times require successful agile pilot projects. Often time a successful initial pilot is the most critical step early in a successful enterprise agile adoption. If the pilot project is a success then the organization has a tangible example to get behind but if the project fails (or just fails to meet expectations) then the entire agile initiative could be derailed by critics. Because no one really likes change unless they are driving it. Agile Pilot Selection Pilot selection is often the most critical... [More]
Confused by the title? Well let me ask you this, developers and testers, do you know the sound your project manager makes when they walks down the hall, which automatically triggers the fight or flight response in your hypothalamus, and the normal reaction is flight (like under your desk)? Project managers, do you have trouble seeking out team members for status and it becomes almost like a hunting expedition to track down developers to get status, like they’re the prey and you’re the predator? Why can’t we... [More]
I've been noticing some Agile Scrum anti-patterns and thought I would start collecting them and posting them.
ScrumMaster led, task oriented daily scrums
Scrum ceremonies meetings are at variable times or not scheduled very far in advance
Story point assignment during Sprint planning
TASK ORIENTED SCRUMS:
When I watch daily scrums, I expect to see the ScrumMaster with a very light touch. If we're not in the same room, I expect prompting for who is next. But, I expect the team... [More]
More and more businesses are attempting to adopt agile across their whole IT portfolio. From maintenance to small projects to large enterprise programs, these organizations want to take advantages of the speed and quality improvements seen by many agile teams. However as an Agile Coach, I often hear questions such as:
We need to increase our time to market to stay competitive. However, our organization and culture is heavily based on a waterfall SDLC so how do we make sure our agile teams are successful in the interim?”... [More]
Innovate 2012 is the premiere Software Development Conference and this year it is going to be even more exciting as IBM Rational has a dedicated Agile Track with 21 sessions and there are an additional19 agile specialty sessions that are in our other tracks, such as Continuous Integration in our Quality Track. Learn more ... We will have some of the best Agile thought leaders in attendance, such as Mary Poppendieck, Scott Ambler, Elizabeth Woodward, Scott Rich and more. You will get a chance to speak to our developers and... [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
Here is Edward bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, bump on the back of his head…..It is as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs.. but sometimes he feels that there really is another way…..(A.A Milne, Winnie-their pooh) This is about the paradigm shift or doing things differently! I was recently invited as a speaker for a Business Analyst (BA) Day and my topic was “Do requirements really matter in agile”. Business analysts continue to be challenged to meet rapidly changing business demand and adjust to the agile world.... [More]
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)
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]
Target roles: Product Owner and Scrum Master Let's talk about the flavors of velocity and the term 'velocity' itself. Complexity, Value, Risk, and ROI velocity are all important ways to understand how a team, sprint, and release are performing for the Product Owner. Velocity Types: Standard [Complexity] Velocity: Story points / sprint Value... [More]
This article is for anyone who wants to automate Eclipse-based UI testing seamlessly across all platforms.This article has 3 parts which will help even a beginner to easily adopt to SWTBot as a testing tool. Part1 - Installing SWTBot gives detailed steps for setting up SWTBot on Eclipse v4.2.2 , Part2 - Getting Started with SWTBot has the guide to begin UI automation with SWTBot with the assistance of SWTBot Recorder and Generator utility .In the final part, we will learn about techniques of creating a reusable... [More]
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]
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]
Most often, a specific project will adopt agile to improve their ability to deliver high-quality code in a more collaborative way and often must adopt a combination of different agile practices. For the team, collecting metrics is important to help them learn and adapt their practices. Typically agile teams need metrics to answer questions like
Are we on track to deliver what we committed to for the iteration?
How much value have we delivered to business?
How much value can the team deliver with remaining time?
OK, so you and the rest of your team members have decided you want to “try agile” on your next big project. Maybe you’re getting pressured by management to do something (anything) different to get things out the door quicker or to improve your project success rate, and they think agile is just the thing you (and they) need. Maybe some of your team members have used it on prior projects, in prior lives. Or maybe you’ve been reading about all the benefits others have been reaping and have decided you’re ready... [More]
“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 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]
Why Agile pilots sometimes fail Many small to medium size projects teams have successfully adopted agile practices such as Scrum but some agile teams do fail. Often as not they fail because of factors outside their control but here are some common reasons why agile project teams fail that are within their control: Not implementing the whole process Scaling Factors not addressed Team not co-located or team governed like a Waterfall project) Team too big or team has strong functional role boundaries Team / Management not committed to Agile... [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]
As software engineers, we are used to counting starting with zero. If the first iteration starts at zero, but valuable work is only scheduled to start on the first Sprint, then we get an extra "free" iteration to work with -- "Iteration/Sprint 0". Any way you look at it, the first iteration is the first iteration, regardless of the number assigned to it and regardless of the word games used to fool outsiders to the team.
Iteration/Sprint 0 is all too often nothing but more than setting up collaboration... [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]
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:
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]
In March 2014, we released th e IB M Wo rklo ad A utom atio n as a s ervi ce (WA aaS) offering, hosted on the public Softlayer cloud. One of the major characteristics of this offering is the automated delivery process that allows us to deploy the latest available product features, controlling a continuously testing and code promotion flow (QA -> Staging -> Production).
In this blog I want to show you how we provide continuity of service to our customers.
Using IBM UrbanCode Deploy to implement our delivery... [More]
Establish a “Single Source of Truth”
In a recent post, DevOps in Practice – Best Practices for Adopting Continuous Delivery , I summarized seven practices for helping teams establish a automate continuous delivery process.
Establish a single source of truth
Automate painful tasks
Manage inter- and intra- application dependencies
Make “what is where” visible
Make certifications and approvals visible
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]
Last week, IBM DevOps Services was enriched with a new beta feature for tracking and planning. Not sure what will be the exact next of this new feature yet. Some refer to it at the Track and Plan , or the Agile Track&Plan . Other as the Agile Quick Planner .
Whatever the name used, the main objective is to make access to work items easier, and to better support Scrum teams in their project activities.
It is quite easy to enable this beta feature on your existing project. Simply open the project and select the... [More]
ScrumMaster® Certification Course (Pre-conference training) – June 2nd and 3rd Come to Innovate early and take advantage of a 2 day ScrumMaster® Certification Course. Scrum is a widely used practice many organizations leverage as a starting point in their Agile transformation. This highly interactive two day session has been designed to give you the ability to experience first-hand what it is like to be part of a Scrum team. This course is high energy and contains numerous exercises that require attendee full participation. Participants who... [More]