After interesting sessions at Innovate 2012, here we are with another discussion on whether requirements management paves way to success in agile projects? If you were following this blog, Cherifa touched on this topic in the blog post about using user stories to achieve better requirements in agile projects . Views, myths and school of thoughts exist when it comes to requirements in agile. But a disciplined business analysis and requirements is required for a successful agile product delivery. Join us for a webinar with Agile business analysis... [More]
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Join me (Matt Holitza) at Mile High Agile on April 3rd in Denver, Colorado. This is the first year we are sponsoring the conference, and the good news for me is I only have to drive a few minutes to get there... We'll be talking to the Agile practitioners in Denver about the new Agile Transformation community and hopefully get a few hundred more members! To get more information or to register click here.
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]
When software organizations talk about “Going Agile”, they often mean they are adopting a set of agile practices, such as Scrum or XP practices. While this approach does help teach teams the mechanics of agile, this often lead to poorly executed implementations or "Agile-Fall". Many organizations fail to graphs that a “ A move toward Agile implies that your organization is making a cultural transformation to embrace the Agile values and principles and put them into action. ” Adapting an... [More]
“Seeing is not believing; believing is seeing! You see things, not as they are, but as you are.” – Eric Butterworth The impact of organizational culture on a successful agile transformation cannot be understated. That said; I believe we must not lose sight of the fact that an organization is composed of many different individuals. As the whole can never be greater than the sum total of its various parts, I believe it is necessary to evaluate not only the organizational culture but the individual... [More]
We discussed in my previous blogs that DevOps is a culture requiring the orchestrated functioning of multiple stakeholders in an organization – development, operations, user assistance, and customer relations, to name a few. Today, I dwell on the role of information development (ID) in the DevOps orchestra. As we know, DevOps is best suited to situations where the need to respond to customers quickly manifests itself in the continuous delivery model. There are two kinds of changes that this software development cycle... [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]
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]
Experts from IBM, Scaled Agile, Inc. and Telstra Corporation will host a Google Hangout video chat on July 1, 2015 to discuss the many benefits of adopting SAFe and a DevOps approach and to provide a few tips to help get you started. The recap post of the Hangout is live on the IBM Middleware blog: http://ibm.co/1LWlDd0 . DevOps and the Path to Better Agile Development 7:30 PM EST, July 1, 2015 Moderator: Kelli Houston . Agile Transformation Lead, IBM Panelists: Tony Christensen , GM/Agile Competency Lead, Telstra... [More]
Are you interested in how to leverage the power of the IBM DevOps platform to accelerate your SAFe adoption? Are you interested in how IBM supports SAFe? If so, you are not going to want to miss these two webcasts. Mark your calendars! Date/Time : March 25, 2015, 4PM ET Title : A SAFe Approach to DevOps Abstract : An IBM DevOps approach supports the continuous delivery model through an open-standards-based tooling platform to help drive organizational efficiency and effectiveness. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is the... [More]
Welcome to Episode 3, Season 1 of DevOps Scenarios for Middleware. For an overview of this riveting and not-quite-Emmy-worthy blog series, check out our last blog in this series ( Business Value Need) here and the Overview blog here. This blog post has been a collaborative effort with Marianne Hollier, Cindy VanEpps, Anita Rass Wan and Roger LeBlanc “Houston, we have a problem.” This is the quintessential statement of the *expletive* moment that throws all the participants in a solution into problem resolution mode. In the... [More]