2015 brings a new event experience for Innovate attendees because we have combined three IBM conferences—Innovate, Pulse, and Impact—into one comprehensive software event: IBM InterConnect 2015. And we have a new time: February 22-26 2015. We have a new place: Las Vegas, Nevada.
Because we have combined these events, there are even more networking opportunities, professional education, and technical certifications available to attendees. The topics will also range... [More]
This week, we have released Rational Team Concert 5.0.1 with new features to improve support for agile teams who are using Scrum and Kanban. Among other things, this new RTC version provides enhancements for planning, reporting, usability, traceability, and performance.
It also includes a “hidden” capability, the “ Quick Planner Technical Preview ”. Those who are familiar with the cloud offering IBM DevOps Services may already know the Quick Planner. A similar capability is now available... [More]
As few weeks ago I ran across a good article on adopting “Continuous Delivery practices”. In the white paper, “ Adopting IBM’s approach to continuous software delivery ,” the author, Paul Bahr discussed IBM’s adoption framework for iteratively introducing new capabilities and planning improvements. Here is the link to the survey: IBM DevOps Practices Self Assessment survey .
In that article it described the first step as conducting a Devops assessment... [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]
More and more businesses are attempting to adopt agile across their whole IT portfolio. From maintenance to small projects to large enterprise programs, these organizations want to take advantages of the speed and quality improvements seen by many agile teams. However as an Agile Coach, I often hear questions such as:
We need to increase our time to market to stay competitive. However, our organization and culture is heavily based on a waterfall SDLC so how do we make sure our agile teams are successful in the interim?”... [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]
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]
In a recent post, see here , I summarized four of the key DevOps principles, namely:
Automate as much of the deployment pipeline as feasible
Develop and test against a production-like system
Continuously validate operational quality characteristics
Programs and projects adopting continuous delivery practices must create software in such a way that the software can be released to production at any time.
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
Perhaps one of the most difficult aspect of scaling agile is the ability to quickly identify, develop and translate large business requirements into actionable stories. Recently, I had the opportunity to work with a Program management team incorporate several lean / agile principles into their existing enterprise agile adoption strategy in support of a DevOps initiative. The customer wanted to implement improvements that would allow their teams to establish agile practices along with continuous delivery, continuous testing to allow them... [More]
DevOps in Practice – Best Practices for Adopting Continuous Delivery
In many respects, delivering software updates the last mile to production is often one of the biggest challenges. Product development has worked with the business on defining a innovative product, the architects have architected a first-rate technical solution, the team is designing a great mobile app and the solution has passed the testing suite ensuring quality. However, releasing it to product is often the most difficult and dangerous part of the process.... [More]
A few weeks ago I delivered a session on Scaling Agile Planning to Support Large Distributed Programs at the 2014 IBM Innovate conference. The session was well received so have posted a copy of the slides for anyone interested, c lick here .
In this session, I discussed my lesson learned applying Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) and Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) to solve some of the common scaling challenges at several large organizations where I consulted an an agile coach and scrummaster.
Scaling Agile - Session Abstract
During the Innovate conference earlier this month in Orlando, we delivered a 3-hour workshop on how to use Rational Team Concert with Scrum in agile projects. If you have not been able to travel to Florida, you can access the workshop material and do it on your own. To complete the hands-on exercise, you will access to an RTC environment.
Workbooks and instructions are provided here: http://bit.ly/Innovate1063
(File 1_AgileALM_Tutorial_SetupGuide.pdf describes how to set up and configure an RTC environment for the workshop)
Last week, IBM DevOps Services was enriched with a new beta feature for tracking and planning. Not sure what will be the exact next of this new feature yet. Some refer to it at the Track and Plan , or the Agile Track&Plan . Other as the Agile Quick Planner .
Whatever the name used, the main objective is to make access to work items easier, and to better support Scrum teams in their project activities.
It is quite easy to enable this beta feature on your existing project. Simply open the project and select the... [More]
Come to the SAFe TM Zone on the Expo Floor to learn how lean and agile principles apply to DevOps at an enterprise scale
Time: Throughout the Innovate conference during Expo Floor hours
Staffed by: IBM, Scaled Agile Inc, and Business Partner experts in Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe TM )
Location: The SAFe Zone is between the DevOps and Agile Zones on the Innovate Expo Floor
DevOps for the enterprise is much more than the continuous delivery of function in products. It is about the delivery of value to your customers... [More]