Agile Testing - Mobile application testing challenges Several months ago, I was challenged by the Release Quality Manager, at a large financial institution, to demonstration the value agile on large projects where several of his development teams were struggling with quality with their mobile application (mobile app) development. Here is a summary of the challenges, recommendations and outcomes from this engagement. Current Situation My customer was in the middle of an extensive agile transformation with many teams adopting a combination... [More]
The challenge 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 model, and what... [More]
Calvin Powers, managing editor for security at developerWorks, hosted a panel in which Gene Kim discussed his new book, The Phoenix Project , with IBM DevOps experts, Ann Marie Fred and Michael Elder. Gene has also written a "DevOps Distilled" article series for developerWorks. In that series of articles, Gene shares his unique perspective on the history of the DevOps movement and where it is heading today, with an eye toward how information security fits into the overall operations perspective of DevOps. If you haven't already... [More]
It seems that every year, as soon as the Thanksgiving leftovers are put away, the lists of the year's best books, movies, CDs appear, quickly followed by the lists of predictions for the next year's top trends. Gart ner' s to p 10 str ateg y tr ends for 201 4 mention DevOps: Software Defined Anything Software-defined anything (SDx) is defined by “improved standards for infrastructure programability and data center interoperability driven by automation inherent to cloud computing, DevOps [emphasis added]... [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]
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]
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.
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 path includes... [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.
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. http ://w ww.i bm.c om/d evel oper work s/li brar y/d- blue mix- devo ps-s ervi ces- proj ect/ inde x.ht m l We are interested in feedback on the article, and we would also like to hear from you regarding what other aspects of IBM DevOps Services we should address in... [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 and agile principles at... [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 that ensures a return on your... [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 fun. If you... [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 to teams who say “we... [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 based on their customers and the... [More]