That which does not kill us makes us stronger - F. Nietzsche
As those of you who follow my blog know, last year I attended the Agile Team Coaching Class with Lyssa Adkins and Michael Hamman. The wealth of knowledge I gained in this class literally changed the course of my life. You may think that I am being a bit melodramatic,” but the truth of the matter is that this class, more than all the others I have taken, so intensified my desire not just to do Agile but to be Agile that I decided to devote myself totally to being and doing... [More]
Are you interested in how to leverage the power of the IBM DevOps platform to accelerate your SAFe adoption? Are you interested in how IBM supports SAFe?
If so, you are not going to want to miss these two webcasts.
Mark your calendars!
Date/Time : March 25, 2015, 4PM ET
Title : A SAFe Approach to DevOps
Abstract : An IBM DevOps approach supports the continuous delivery model through an open-standards-based tooling platform to help drive organizational efficiency and effectiveness. The Scaled... [More]
RTC 5.0.2 - Newest improvements for Agile Teams
December 2, 2014
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time)
JL Marechaux (IBM)
Rolf Nelson (IBM)
Link to PRESENTATION
Link to RECORDING
If you care about Rational Team Concert for agile development, DO NOT not miss this webinar! We will... [More]
Common issues and resolutions for Continuous Delivery on Cloud
Rong Zhao ( email@example.com ): Release & Project Manager of Smarter Cities Cloud Team, managing SaaS releases and projects, with rich experience for Continuous Delivery, DevOps, Project & Release Management.
Li Quan Cui ( firstname.lastname@example.org ): T echnical lead of IBM Smarter Cities Cloud operations team, expert on operation framework and automation for IBM Smarter Cities SaaS products.
“Seeing is not believing; believing is seeing! You see things, not as they are, but as you are.” – Eric Butterworth
The impact of organizational culture on a successful agile transformation cannot be understated. That said; I believe we must not lose sight of the fact that an organization is composed of many different individuals. As the whole can never be greater than the sum total of its various parts, I believe it is necessary to evaluate not only the organizational culture but the individual... [More]
“ Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast ” – Peter Drucker
This is the first in a series of articles that I will be writing concerning the various aspects of individual and organizational culture and their impact on agile transformations. During this journey, I will be providing my own insights, as well as those obtained from the likes of William E. Schneider, John P. Cotter, Michael Sahota, Michael Spayd, Lyssa Adkins, Frederic Laloux, and many other people who have influenced me either through my job, teaching,... [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]
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