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
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]
The other day,some members of the IBM Rational Services team in India shared a story ... which I thought was a great DevOps adoption story worth sharing. I've taken the names out to protect the customer's privacy.
What is this story about?
This story is about a customer who provides comprehensive solutions and supply chain logistics management for the trav el/t rans port atio n industry, As a growing business, this customer faced challenges with the divergence of their solution... [More]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Earlier this month, Fariz Saracevic and I have co-authored an article on IBM DevOps Services and Agile Planning with IBM BlueMix. It is an introductory paper to explain how to start and configure an project for Agile development in the cloud in less than 5 minutes.
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We are interested in feedback on the article, and we would also like to hear from you regarding what other aspects of IBM DevOps... [More]
Sharing user adoption stories is at the core of our DevOps community mission. Stories not only bring people together to learn from each other but they also help us improve our products and practices.
If you have a DevOps adoption story to share, we'd like to help get the word out so that interested people can easily find it.
Please see the whiteboard image below for some quick guidance on sharing stories.
At a recent strategy session, our leadership team had a lively debate on the names we have chosen for our DevOps adoption paths and lean adoption model. We want to test a proposal with some accelerated feedback loops of our own.
Our current DevOps messaging defines four adoption paths: Plan/Measure, Develop/Test, Release/ Deploy, Monitor/Optimize. A few drawbacks have been surfaced with these names:
Using two objectives for each path name (like Plan/Measure) implies more precision than intended and raises the question of which... [More]
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.
As we adopt DevOps practices within IBM, we quickly find that there are many business processes which can get in the way of continuous delivery. Most of these processes are put in place to mitigate risk of releasing products that may expose IBM to legal action (e.g. license infringements or regulatory non-compliance), or that could jeopardize IBM's reputation (e.g. through poor quality or security vulnerabilities). There is a lot of work currently underway to streamline these processes. Essentially, we need to... [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 and with much greater... [More]