“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.... [More]
A new Infinite Undo blog article provides some great examples from Google, Amazon and Facebook that demonstrate that “ Continuous Delivery is mainstream .” Core practices and techniques that support DevOps and continuous delivery have been around for years. Not only is continuous delivery possible, but surveys are demonstrating that there is significant value in embracing continuous delivery. The 2013 DevOps Survey showed that high-performing organizations are delivering 30x more frequent releases than their peers... [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]
Session 2: Backlog management and release planning
Link to 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
Link to session 1: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S1
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.
Using RTC, we conduct activities to manage a product backlog... [More]
Session 1: Understand and reuse the technical solution assets
(See the Agile ALM Virtual Study Group Series 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:
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]
All activities of the Agile ALM Virtual Study Group are now completed.
More information on each session (files, recording, workbooks) is available from:.
Virtual Study Group Part 1: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S1
Virtual Study Group Part 2: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S2
Virtual Study Group Part 3: http://bit.ly/Aalm_S3
The IBM Rational Solution for Agile ALM with Scrum (aka Agile ALM )... [More]
The New Deal for Software Development - Have you signed it yet?
This panel discussion will explain the thinking behind the need for "A New Deal" and answer questions from the audience.
The panel and moderators are all original signatories and invite you to join them on Tuesday, September 17, at 12noon EDT.
Walker Royce, Chief Software Economist, IBM
Scott Ambler, Senior Consulting Partner, Scott Ambler + Associates
At or around Innovate 2013, IBM released a new Agile ALM Scrum process template for RTC. The Agile ALM Scrum template is based on the Scrum template, with modifications promising better support for Agile Planning with Scrum .
After reviewing the new template, I became interested in morphing a Scrum-based project to the Agile ALM Scrum definitions. My first step was to create a summary of the differences between the two templates. (Thank you to the template authors for their help in finding and understanding these... [More]
Recently, Ken Schwaber--an Agile thought leader, co-creator of Scrum and someone I think very highly of--posted a controversial blog entry " unSAFe at Any Speed " during Agile2013. During my career as an agile transformation consultant, I have had the opportunity to work with Ken, Dean Leffingwell of SAFe and both Scott Ambler and Mark Lines of Disciplined Agile Delivery . I have studied their histories, intensely reviewed their current approaches beginning in 2007 and analyzed the... [More]
In response to: 10 Reasons to Consider Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
Scott Ambler presents an in-depth, live, virtual class:
"Disciplined Agile Delivery Overview" on Thursday, June 20th. [Fee:
$100 (register below); 3 PDUs]
Enrollment and details:
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
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]
Today was a busy day for the Zone.
1) A client arrived at the Zone with an agile planning conundrum. It seemed that the development cycle time of two different types of software (two different languages) we so incompatible that the best the team could do sprint length wise was in the order of months. Upon review, it turned out that the client needed finer grained impact analysis between the two sets of software. When this could be understood, assessment of the difficulty (read story points) would be more... [More]