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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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.
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
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Do you want to lead a transformation in your organization to adopt enterprise DevOps? Get trained! Become certified in Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe TM ) and prepare to lead effective change to realize the value of DevOps at an enterprise scale
Time slot: Pre-conference, Saturday and Sunday May 31st and June 1st @ 9am - 5pm
Speakers: Scaled Agile Inc, the authors and owners of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe TM )
Room: Swan Hotel, Lark 1-2
SAFe is rapidly gaining momentum as an industry-proven framework for applying lean... [More]