Healthcare is a complex industry requiring compliance with numerous regulations. With Agile practices focusing on frequent iterations and an emphasis on working software over comprehensive documentation, Some might question whether Agile can be effective in delivering software for such a complex environment. I recently watched a webcast that dispels any myths that Agile cannot work for healthcare. In the webcast, Kim Werner, Agile Coach from ATSC and Liz Parnell, Solution Design Manager from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina... [More]
Evaluating Different Scaled Agile Approaches
In evaluating a process we often look at the following Understand the Process:
o What are the Principles, Activities, Roles, Practices, and Deliverables?
o Determining how well each approach span the three levels of development?
o Does the process meet the organizations needs, the needs of the team, and the individuals involved
While each approach has slightly different... [More]
Earlier this month, Fariz Saracevic and I have co-authored an article on IBM DevOps Services and Agile Planning with IBM BlueMix. It is an introductory paper to explain how to start and configure an project for Agile development in the cloud in less than 5 minutes.
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We are interested in feedback on the article, and we would also like to hear from you regarding what other aspects of IBM DevOps... [More]
Much of the mainstream agile discussion focuses on the construction of straightforward systems by a small, co-located team working in a collaborative and self-organizing manner. Yet we know that there is more to software delivery than just construction, that many teams are neither small nor co-located, and that many teams are working on complex systems within a complex environment. The evidence that agile approaches result in improved time-to-market, improved quality, and improved developer productivity compel us to tailor agile strategies... [More]
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
Innovate 2013 will... [More]
The trends in changing executable software baselines and particularly the cost-of-change trends are the true measure of the agility. Agility means changing easily so we need to quantify change trends. Both architectural integrity and process effectiveness will drive the cost-of-change. Therefore, agility is NOT just a process attribute, it is equally, if not more, an attribute of good design. In the past, it has always struck me that most of the value of modeling was attributed to better representation of the architecture, namely more accurate,... [More]
I wanted to share an upcoming event for those who might be interested. Click HERE to find out more and to register. I've also add this to our DevOps community calendar. If you haven't started syncing your personal calendar to keep up with various events, please Click HERE to get started.
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 to build a remote package repository for IBM UrbanCode Deploy to use in... [More]
The Zone had an early morning skip level meeting.... more like skip three levels to kick off the day.... to start off a rockin' day.
It is with profound gratitude that the Zone wishes to thank Dennis Schultz of IBM Rational Unleash the Labs.
Dennis took time in his busy schedule to meet with one of the Zone's clients to walk through Rational Functional Tester. The session was highly educational for the client. It cleared up one of the architectural hurdles they face in implementing an improved... [More]
“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]
Wednesday, June 6th This video pretty much sums up the success of Agile at Innovate 2012: Tuesday,June 5th The week is flying by... Just attended keynote which covered our newintegrated PureSystems that has Rational software in the box preconfigured allowing enterprises to getup and running rapidly. Martin Nally moderated a great CTOpanel that talked about many of the issues we are facing in the current ITclimate... mobile, cloud being the most talked about topics. He briefly talkedabout the newly released Agilefor Dummies and Scott... [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]
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]
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.
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]