Scaling Agile practices in support of DevOps A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the "Release and Deploy workshop" at the 2014 Innovate conference. During the day long hands-on workshop, we learned about several new UrbanCode Release (UCR) capabilities. While there were several interesting capabilities, UCR's abilities to "visualize" the deployment pipeline and to track the del ivery lifecycle for a particular set of "applications" being released together showed how effective it... [More]
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 "Try the new Track... [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]
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]
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.