Last year, Alan Brown, Scott Ambler and I collaborated on a technical paper that captures IBM Rational's experience in achieving agility in large scale enterprises. This paper was recently accepted for publication at the International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE). We will present and officially publish this paper in May 2013 in the proceedings. Below is an abstract for the paper. The full (draft) version can be accessed here.
We are still editing and finalizing for publication but it is close to camera ready. ... [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]
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.
I cringe whenever I hear an executive or a manager say something like, "Yeah, we got some development teams doing that agile thing." Which is usually followed by something like, "I don’t know what the impact is, but we have a directive to have more teams doing agile."
There are so many problems with those two statements my head usually starts spinning…
"What exactly do you mean, you are doing agile?"
"Why are only the developers... [More]
Regardless of whether the project is following a traditional or agile methodology, making quality an integral part of the software lifecycle requires the whole team to collaborate effectively.
IBM Rational Quality Manager (RQM) is a collaborative hub for test planning and managing test results. Built on the Jazz™ platform and part of the Rational solution for Collaborative Application Lifecycle Management, RQM provides organizations with a web-based test management environment that helps test management professionals. ... [More]
When I was a kid, we would either chant or whistle when walking or driving by a graveyard. According to Wiktionary , the meaning is clear:
"To enter a situation with little or no understanding of the possible consequences."
Or otherwise stated, an incantation can protect you from something you ultimately can’t avoid. I.e. one day, we are all headed to the graveyard.
I think about this saying a lot when talking... [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]
So 2012 is in the past and it's time for your team to look ahead to 2013. Brian Bryson, Rob Retchless and I recently discussed New Year's Resolutions in our latest Software Threads podcast.
We agreed that 2013 is about fostering an environment that supports an extended agile team by implementing new practices that enable continuous software delivery. With a heavy focus on three areas, DevOps, Customer Collaboration and Incremental Design.
Resolution #1: Connect with operations
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]
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]
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]
Scrum often works extremely well for small co-located agile teams but fails to when applied to larger more complex projects with distributed resources.
The obvious question is why?
What about what about projects with more complex situations:
Projects or programs with large teams (15 – 20) or projects that have teams with overlapping work-streams
What about globally distributed teams where team members are in multiple time zones (making it difficult to conduct practices such as daily... [More]
Recently ran across a great article on using Rational Quality Manager in a continuous delivery DevOps pipeline . The article entitled, " Improving Quality using Rational Quality Manager as part of the Continuous Delivery DevOps Pipeline " the authors, Ajay Chebbi and Thomas Neal, discussed the importance of test automation and described how to use the ANT API to invoke automated test scripts. Making it easier for traditional, hybrid and agile teams to maintain the tests, the test environments and providing an avenue for... [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]
Have you read Sanjeev Sharma's DevOps for Dummies book? See http s:// sdar chit ect. word pres s.co m/ta g/de vops -for -dum mies /
As I've been working to prepare one of our internal teams to work with customers at BlueMix and with our DevOps Services , one of the assignments was to read the book. Giving a quiz seemed a bit heavy-handed (they're all professionals after all) so I figured a short crossword puzzle that teased out some of the key terms and ideas would be sufficient confirmation -- and a bit of... [More]
I'm very excited to be presenting at Innovate 2012 again this year. But I'm particularly excited to be talking about one of my favorite topics. Over my many years of doing test automation, I've built several homegrown solutions to solve the end-to-end automation problem to apply interesting integration tests to the nightly build. As a tester, nothing was worse than spending hours or days setting up a complex system to discover that although the build had passed all the unit tests, it basically was unusable! And as systems get... [More]
I recently authored an article in EE Times that describes the benefits and challenges surrounding going agile in developing medical devices. The benefits are similar to the ones in other industries but even more acute because the expense to develop a product is so high so not meeting a customer's expectation is huge. The challenges are all around how to build using agile methods while meeting regulatory concerns. Here is a link to the article and please feel free to comment to this blog or send me a direct message.
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]
Agile and Java have kind of grown up together, Java is definitely the bigger brother, but Agile has been their all along to be the supportive sibling. It is becoming very apparent though, that Agile is making it's own mark, as younger siblings do. Where Java is still the hottest development language going, Agile is now the hottest development methodology and becoming hotter as trends like mobile and cloud become more prominent in organization's strategies. Agile is a little more versatile as well, you can use it not... [More]