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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
One of our goals as a community is to provide engaging opportunities for people to come together for different types of events and share their stories and experiences. Our comm unit y ev ents cal enda r is intended to be a place where members can find out about upcoming events or post events that they think the community would find interesting. One of the cool features of our events calendar that most people don't know about is the iCal feed which automatically keeps your personal calendar in sync with all... [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 path includes... [More]
Taking agile development to enterprise scale in a mixed tool environment Date: Apr 15, 2014 Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time) Hosted by: Jean-Louis Marechaux (IBM) Presented by: Gary J Cernosek (IBM), Lance Knight (Tasktop Technologies) Link to pres enta tion : htt p:// slid esha .re/ 1l34 Ed L Link to reco rdin g: htt p:// yout u.be /Ca5 pk_- Egi E Follow-up questions on the webinar? Please use the dedicated foru m: htt p:// bit. ly/1 iNew R P The Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters... [More]
“If you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right.” – Henry Ford Over the past several years, I have heard agile experts claim Scrum does not scale. Many of these experts never really address why they believe Scrum does not scale. Instead, they usually spend their time talking about their own homegrown process—a process that according to them does, in fact, scale. Anyone who is familiar with my articles knows that I am not one to get into process wars. My intention in writing this article is to discuss why I believe Scrum... [More]
“It’s possible to achieve almost anything as long as you are not worried about who gets the credit.” – Harry S. Truman Over the past several years, I have worked with many clients who were in the process of incorporating Scrum that either did not have company-wide implementation or who had contracts with third parties who were using Waterfall and who did not intend to change to Scrum or any other Agile process. This became an issue when the Scrum team(s) were implementing functionality that was required by the Waterfall teams and... [More]
Foundations of the Scaled Agile Framework: --> Be Agile. Scale Up. Stay Lean. And Have More Fun Date: Apr 1, 2014 Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Eastern Time) Presented by: Dean Leffingwell (Scaled Agile, Inc.), Jennifer Fawcett (Scaled Agile, Inc.) Link to reco rdin g: htt p:// yout u.be /H_7 52O8 P_B s Link to presentation mate rial : htt p:// ow.l y/vl aD c Scrum, XP, Kanban and related methods have been proven to provide step changes in productivity and quality for software teams. However,... [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.
“The snake which cannot shed its’ skin has to die. As well as the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” Friedrich Nietzsche Recently, I was attending a Deep-Dive study group that was hosted by Lyssa Crispin and Michael Spayd of the Agile Coaching Institute. During our discussions, I began to think about all of the agile transformation efforts I had participated on and what, in my opinion, seemed to be one of the deterrents to a successful agile transformation. What I determined was... [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]
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]
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]
If you missed Steve Farley, VP NationWide or Sal Vella, IBM VP Product Development, discussing improving the customer experience for web and mobile applications at Innovate 2013, this is your chance to catch up with this condensed five-minute video of their key highlights. For more information on Monitor & Optimize solutions, please visit the IBM DevOps website.
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]
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]