Themes are percolating in my brain spurred by everything from my Twitter feed , to LinkedIn to hallway conversations with colleagues. There’s a lot of angst about responding to market changes and customer expectations. The techniques we all talk about: Lean , Agile , Continuous Delivery , DevOps , Design Thinking have everyone wondering how to reconcile all of these themes into an action plan to address those expectations.
I keep thinking it doesn’t have to be that complicated. There’s no secret formula that... [More]
Be a lean startup in an Enterprise. Sounds like an oxymoron, right? Yet Enterprises must innovate to stay alive in today’s transparent, interconnected and fast-changing world. In The Lean Startup , Eric Ries defends the position that “ Intrapreneurs [people who are innovating within an established company] have much more in common with the rest of the community of entrepreneurs than most people believe”, that “Entrepreneurship . . . requires a new kind of management specifically geared to its context of extreme... [More]
Rational Team Concert (RTC) is at the core of IBM’s DevOps solution and the logical starting point for teams looking to get started with SAFe. Through a choice of topologies that include either a single RTC Project Area for small teams or multiple RTC Project Areas for added flexibility and scalability, RTC can be configured today to provide SAFe support that addresses the needs of small and mid-range IT shops as well as large, regulated IT organizations. The choice of topology depends on the characteristics of the organization. To learn... [More]
The adoption of agile practices has proven successful in helping teams address the business imperative to deliver more value quickly with high quality and lower cost, but agile in isolation does not imply organizational success. As a result, organizations worldwide are exploring how to scale those very same agile and lean principles practiced at the team level across the enterprise -- some are even doing it!
IBM’s DevOps approach supports the continuous delivery model through an open-standards-based tooling platform to help drive... [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.
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]
Early on, when I first started coaching teams on their transition to Agile, it was quite common for teams to come to me and tell me that they hadn't completed any User Stories by the end of an iteration. Initially, teams wanted to use this as a reason to increase the length of their iterations (I recommend two-week iterations – and teams always seem to want longer iterations). What they were failing to realize is that there were fundamental reasons why they weren't completing stories, and iteration length by and large had nothing... [More]
About two years ago, we started the Learning Circles initiative to provide simple and structured educational material on some IBM Rational products. There are now 11 published Learning Circles that you can leverage for your own enablement, or for self-paced training in your organization.
To align the material with latest product releases, the CLM and the RTC Learning Circles have been recently updated. They now include specific material on CLM 5.0 (and even 5.0.2 for RTC).
Earlier this year, we also worked with Scaled Agile... [More]
When software organizations talk about “Going Agile”, they often mean they are adopting a set of agile practices, such as Scrum or XP practices. While this approach does help teach teams the mechanics of agile, this often lead to poorly executed implementations or "Agile-Fall".
Many organizations fail to graphs that a “ A move toward Agile implies that your organization is making a cultural transformation to embrace the Agile values and principles and put them into action. ”
A few weeks ago during an agile adoption seminar with a program manager considering using agile, I was asked to evaluate approaches to scaling agile practices to support adoption by a large program for their enterprise. This program had already adopted some basic agile practices (such as daily meetings, stories and Scrum) but felt they weren’t getting the benefits that other, smaller teams, got from “going agile”.
At first I thought this would be an easy exercise, given over the years I have had to assist several... [More]
It is quite common for organizations to deploy their applications onto multiple environments. For example, most teams need environments for development, test, pre-production, and production.
Dealing with all these environments is never easy, and it requires collaborative work between development, tests, operation, and 3 teams.
IBM DevOps Services recently (Oct 2) improved the Delivery Pipeline to support multistage deployment. If you have multiple Bluemix spaces, you can configure the pipeline to deploy to these different... [More]
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]
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)