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.
I'd like to welcome everyone to our new Agile Transformation Zone community. I say community ... right now, while there is some great initial content .. the community part is just getting started. It's like we've just built a brand new house and the family hasn't moved in. As we all know, just like a house is not a home, this community space is only a space. It's the people that make a community work. My experience with building communities over the last several years indicates that you need 2 types of members (actually, you can break... [More]
This event, running in the Product and Systems Engineering Community until 7 th December, is focused on how Agile practices can be adapted from software development and applied to the broader scope of product and systems engineering. This domain presents complex challenges for collaboration and integration between electrical and electronic, mechanical and software engineering disciplines to create products as varied as planes, automobiles, medical devices and consumer technologies. Key discussion themes include: Are Agile practices applicable... [More]
Please take a look at this great talk I'm watching live at IBM Impact. Grady Booch and friends are talking about history of development and the new reality of developing software. The key takeaways for me was the pressure and level of complexity developers are facing in the current era of computing. I remember testing applications for 3 browsers and 2 operating systems built with three or so programming languages. Today developers need to be fluent in 4,5,6 even as many as 10 different languages. I cannot imagine testing today's apps in the... [More]
I recently posted a detailed blog entitled What Does "Disciplined Agile" Actually Mean where I explore what it means to take a disciplined agile approach. Although many agile practices require discipline the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) framework makes it clear that there are many more opportunities to improve your discipline than what is commonly discussed. These include: Standard agile discipline Taking a goal driven approach Taking a context driven approach... [More]
6/10/2014 by Myriam Sanie Looking for directio Did you know that, according to Fortune Magazine , $125.9 billion a year is spent on corporate training? Did you know that according to brain science, not all forms of learning are equal? Did you know that one of the greatest challenges in Agile is scaling to the enterprise level? Read on… (you may be surprised) devEssentials ™ : From Dream to Reality I have had the privilege of working for over a year with Blue Agility, a company specializing in large-scale... [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]
Note: Community members, I'll be adding Rational's Agile training courses so members can find the training they need. I'd encourage you to share any public training you'll be doing whether it's formal or informal. To do so just post the the community blog and add the tags ( ibmagile training course ), if your course will be web based add the tag ( web ) and finally if your course is free add the tag ( free ). Your courses will show up on an RSS feed I'm building for the Events and Training area in the zone (now in Beta). Course... [More]
The Rational user experience team is looking for participants who play any role in an agile team for a 45-60 minute interview. No experience with Rational products is required. Serious inquiries only, please. We will present an honorarium to selected interviewees. If interested, please email Corrie Kwan (chykwan -at- ca.ibm.com) with your name and contact information.
GettingStarted with Agile in the Enterprise If a team tries to adopt an Agile development approach unilaterally within the enterprise, you may make things somewhat better, but you will not realize the full benefits or potential and the team may end up very frustrated and dissatisfied with the outcome. It is also likely that your agile adoption will not " stick" as people will return to their old behaviors over time. Therefore, moving to agile must be a combination of a " top-down" and "... [More]
The use of agile techniques for executing software projects continues to grow. However, acceptance isn't universal yet. There are still organizations that haven't switched from their more traditional, waterfall approach and are reluctant to do so. This post will look at the situation from the perspective of an external consultant experienced in agile (me) and my observations working with organizations that haven't made the jump to agile yet. There have been a number of surveys on barriers to agile adoption. One consistent theme is... [More]
What is Ansible? Ansible is an open source automation platform sponsored by Red Hat. It is very simple to setup and yet powerful. Ansible is a radically simple IT automation engine that automates cloud provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, intra-service orchestration, and many other... [More]
Agile Product Owner Enablement - Live, Virtual Training Course Tuesday, July 31, 2012 Agile Product Owner Enablement This special training course is a one-day, live, virtual event. The course is designed for product managers, business team members, and others who are involved in the planning and execution of Agile projects. Course Overview Agile software development employs certain principles and practices that enable development teams to quickly build and deploy high quality software products. An example of one Agile practice is to establish... [More]
Good news for all Rational Team Concert, Timebox Planning Widget and SAFe enthusiasts ... We have just finished our Siemens internal test cycle and will release the new Timebox Planning / SAFe Dependency Board Widget for RTC with version 3.11.0 very soon. We have implemented several new fancy features. Can't wait? Have a look at the feature demos available on youtube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmNxPniAYOSpFfLBRpmCGraj8nWkMzcD9 You will be able to download the widget for free from our... [More]