Realize Your Agile Potential at Innovate 2013 – Go, Grow and Scale!
For those that are coming to Innovate this will serve as an insider’s guide to get the most out of your week in Orlando. For those that haven’t registered, this is what you’ll be missing!
We’re finalizing the curriculum, the Solution Center and all the other activities that will make this year’s agile experience at Innovate the best yet!
Amazing speakers and curriculum
Started with Agile in the Enterprise
Changing any process in an enterprise is never an easy task and moving
from a traditional to agile delivery model is no exception. Adopting
agile requires a great deal of effort that can take several years
because you must change organizational culture, beliefs, governance, HR
policies, titles, funding and more. Neither a unilateral nor a
haphazard implementation will work in the long run. If a
team tries to adopt an Agile development approach unilaterally within
the enterprise,... [More]
An interesting insight by Dr. Angel Diaz into the Practical Guide to Service Level Agreements ( SLA ), published by the Cloud Standards Customer Council ( CSCC ). Who is responsible for the management of the services that will operate in a cloud environment? Who is responsible for identifying the elements of the agreement? What type of agreement should be in place? These are all questions that should be asked and understood before moving a service to the cloud. To read the complete article, go to... [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. Gartner's top 10 strategy trends for 2014 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,... [More]
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]
IBM is hosting the “Open Cloud Summit” on Sunday, March 3rd at the IBM Pulse Conference. Through a series of interactive discussions, the event will broaden the importance of supporting, adopting and participating in cloud related open standards and open source software. You will hear from leaders from The Open Stack Foundation, Cloud Standards Customer Council, OASIS as well as other leaders to discuss the direction standards are taking to increase interoperability and portability across the Cloud and how you can influence the standards. The... [More]
The Rational user experience team is looking for participants who play any role in an agile team for a 45-60 minute interview. No experience with Rational products is required. Serious inquiries only, please. We will present an honorarium to selected interviewees. If interested, please email Corrie Kwan (chykwan -at- ca.ibm.com) with your name and contact information.
An light-hearted article on "What Three-Year Olds Can Teach Us About Software Development" from Scott Ambler.
Click here to read the DeveloperWorks article.
About Scott Ambler
Scott Ambler is a Senior Consulting
Partner with Scott W. Ambler + Associates , a boutique
consulting firm specializing in helping organizations to successfully adopt
disciplined agile strategies. He is based in Toronto and focuses on
disciplined agile training and process-related advisement. Scott lives
and works in the... [More]
running in the Product and Systems Engineering Community until 7 th December,
is focused on how Agile practices can be adapted from software development and applied
to the broader scope of product and systems engineering. This domain presents complex
challenges for collaboration and integration between electrical and electronic,
mechanical and software engineering disciplines to create products as varied as
planes, automobiles, medical devices and consumer technologies.
Are 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 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 summary-of-differences document, Link-to-Summary , has 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 template... [More]
Note: Community members, I'll be adding Rational's Agile training courses so members can find the training they need. I'd encourage you to share any public training you'll be doing whether it's formal or informal. To do so just post the the community blog and add the tags ( ibmagile training course ), if your course will be web based add the tag ( web ) and finally if your course is free add the tag ( free ). Your courses will show up on an RSS feed I'm building for the Events and Training area in the zone (now in Beta). Course... [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... [More]
In my struggles and learnings as a social business practitioner I occasionally deliver social media workshops to share my experiences and knowledge with others (well, at least have delivered two of those to date). So according to Jakob Nielsen , a user experience guru, the 90-9-1 rule prevails. The rule says that in most online communities, 90% of users are lurkers who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action. The 1% can have a great impact on the 90% (for example, the hotels that... [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
I recently posted a detailed blog entitled What Does "Disciplined Agile" Actually Mean where I explore what it means to take a disciplined agile approach. Although many agile practices require discipline the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) framework makes it clear that there are many more opportunities to improve your discipline than what is commonly discussed. These include: Standard agile discipline Taking a goal driven approach Taking a context driven approach Producing potentially consumable solutions, not just potentially... [More]
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]
Session 3: Sprint activities for Agile ALM teams
Link to the Agi l e A L M V i rtu a l S t udy Gro u p S e ri e s f or information on registration and details on the different sessions
Link to session 1: htt p:// bit. ly/A alm_ S 1
Link to session 2: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S2
During the third session on this series, we explore the key activities completed by the Agile ALM team during a sprint. Using Rational Team Concert, we manage user... [More]