“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]
Greetings! We are pleased to announce members of the new DevO ps C ommu nity Lea ders hip Tea m . The selection was difficult, given the number of highly qualified candidates who applied for a very limited number of seats. We wish to sincerely thank everyone for their efforts and interest. The members of the team provide complementary strengths and significant depth of experience. They bring insight from diverse roles, methods, practices, geographies and industries. Most importantly, they have a strong passion and... [More]
50,000 square foot Austin Design Studio leads effort to redesign the face of enterprise software IBM recently announced the opening of a state-of-the-art product design studio in Austin, Texas that will focus on how a new era of software will be designed, developed, and consumed by organizations around the globe. DevOps topics focus on the processes involved in getting software to clients; this design studio will be involved in how those products are designed. From this studio, IBM will transform how the company designs software across all IBM,... [More]
IBM Press has published, Being Agile: Eleven Breakthrough Techniques to Keep You from "Waterfalling Backward" by Leslie Ekas and Scott Will. This book is available in hardcopy and ebook formats. About the Book Drawing on their experience helping more than 100 teams transition to agile, the authors review its key principles, identify corresponding practices, and offer breakthrough approaches for implementing them. Using their techniques, you can break typical waterfall patterns and go beyond merely “doing agile” to actually thinking and... [More]
The DevOps movement is young and still emerging, especially among enterprises. Like any new movement or trend, it has attracted myths and fallacies. Some of these myths may have originated in companies or projects that tried and failed to adopt DevOps. What’s true in one situation, however, may not necessarily be true in others. To cut through the hype and understand more about the DevOps approach, please get your complimentary copy of DevOps for Dummies where we explore some common myths about DevOps....and the facts to set things... [More]