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In this 7 part blog series surrounding the DevOps culture, Adrian Cho (Program Director, Continuous Delivery Evangelist, and Author of The Jazz Process: Collaboration, Innovation, and Agility) tackles some of the less tangible issues as they relate to the connection between delivery logistics, development culture, and continuous delivery.
DevOps Culture – Retrospectives and continuous improvement: In the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) project we have declared three imperatives for improvement in order to increase our agility with a goal of continuous delivery: culture, process, and tools. Of these three things, culture is, in my opinion, the most difficult thing to change because it’s less tangible than processes and tools and because culture is often deeply ingrained in an organization and a team. [Read More...]
DevOps Culture – Enabling continuous improvement with IBM’s DevOps Maturity Model and Rational Team Concert: In my last post about retrospectives I discussed the way we have been tracking pain points and associated improvement actions to address those pain points. In this post I want to discuss how we’ve taken this even further by using Rational Team Concert to help track our continuous improvement and how we’re using IBM’s DevOps Maturity Model. [Read More...]
DevOps Culture – Increasing shared awareness: The ability of any team to execute with agility is predicated on a shared awareness of important team elements such as the team’s strategy, plans, and current status. A measure of shared awareness is easily gained when team members work alongside one another. You can’t help but notice what your teammate is doing when she is sitting right next to you or in the same room and that can be invaluable if you are working together. However, when teams are spread across physical locations and time-zones, a more conscious effort must be made to create shared awareness. [Read More...]
DevOps Culture – Teaming up: In a previous post Sreerupa Sen wrote about run teams and feature teams and how they are helping to make our continuous delivery successful. I want to expand on that in this post and talk a bit about the culture that enables such fluid organizational constructs to work successfully. [Read More...]
DevOps Culture – Managing friction: In a previous post about retrospectives and continuous improvement I described how we track “pain points” which are issues that block or hinder our ability to develop a specific development capability. Another way to think of pain points is that they are sources of friction. [Read More...]
DevOps Culture – Building robust teams: When it comes to managing projects and teams, the natural inclination for many people is to try to predict and control everything while taking comfort in tools and technology and processes and practices. This happens frequently in software development despite the fact that other, far more mature, domains learned long ago that this approach doesn’t work, especially in a world of constant change. [Read More...]
DevOps Culture – Thriving at the edge of chaos: In my previous post on building robust teams, I mentioned the need to have some people in a team with an appetite for risk and some who are risk-averse. Some people take risks because they are too inexperienced to know better but some experienced people know that it’s important to take risks. [Read More...]
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Rational Team Concert: Resolve a Conflict- This video describes how to resolve a conflict in Rational Team Concert v4.0. More info
Rational Team Concert: Resolving Conflicts in File Content- This video describes how to resolve conflicts in file content in Rational Team Concert v4.0.3. More info
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The Rational Test Workbench family of products includes
These products have optional components and sometimes it's hard to figure out which package to down load to get everything needed for one of the products.
The components are available individually but they're also bundled into three offerings
RTW (Rational Test Workbench) Offering contains
Note with 8.7 the RITPP is now bundled with RTCP as a separate feature
RPTS (Rational Performance Test Server) Offering contains
RTVS (Rational Test Virtualization Server) Offering contains
Note with 8.7 the RITPP is now bundled with RTCP as a separate feature
Note that some of the individual products are available in two different offerings. In addition some of the optional components for a product requires obtaining two of the three offerings.
For example, to get Rational Performance Tester you'll want the Rational Test Workbench Offering and then the Rational Performance Tester Agent from either the RPTS or RTVS offering.
The complete set of four components for Rational Integration Tester are:
1. Rational Integration Tester (RIT)
2. Rational Integration Tester Agent (RITA)
3. Rational Integration Tester Platform Pack (RITPP)
4. Rational Tester Control Panel (RTCP)
It doesn't matter which offerings these components are obtained, as long as you get all four of them. For Rational Integration Tester customers I usually recommend getting the Rational Test Workbench offering which includes RIT, RITPP, RTCP, and then either the RPTS or RTVS component to get the Rational Integration Tester Agent.
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Achieving continuous deployment with UrbanCode Deploy by integrating with Rational Team Concert - This article on jazz.net explains in detail how to add the Rational Team Concert integration in Urban Code Deploy and how to extract files from RTC source control management and add in component versions. In our scenario, we have to extract artifacts from Rational Team Concert (RTC) and load them in to components of UCD. However, UCD doesn't include RTC for source configuration by default. So, we will have to download and install a plugin so that we can extract artifacts from RTC.
Read on for more detailed steps as authored by Shuchita Tripathi, an IBM Rational Product Specialist in Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. within Technology Excellence Group (TEG).
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As a welcome to the new year, we've just released th IBM Technical Support mobile app for Android which is now available via Google Play!
You can use this mobile app to:
The IBM Technical Support mobile app provides a new way for you to get quick, effective product technical support assistance from IBM. Check it out by downloading it from
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Mobilizing your business with IBM Rational Application Developer, IBM DevOps Services & IBM Bluemix - Alvin Tan (Senior Development Manager, Rational Application Developer) leads a discussion with William Smith (Market and Product Line Manager, Rational Integrated Development Environments), Victor Sosa (Software Engineer, Rational Application Developer, and Troy Bishop (Advisory Software Developer, Rational Application Developer). The four presenters discuss mobilization and interconnecting with DevOps and BlueMix with Rational Application Developer.
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I'm sure we all agree that the single most exciting thing to happen in 2014 was the delivery of a 64-bit client for Rational DOORS.
Following on from this, in 9.6.1, we also deliver DOORS Web Access (DWA) in 64-bit.
However, do note that 32-bit builds are no longer built and delivered in parallel. So what? If you have 32-bit hardware, you cannot upgrade to DOORS 9.6.1 or DOORS Web Access 9.6.1. The last version to ship 32-bit builds of DWA and the DOORS client is 18.104.22.168.
The legendary DOORS client/server compatibility remains – so users with 32-bit hardware can be on the 22.214.171.124 32-bit client while those with 64-bit can move to 9.6.1.
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Custom Attributes on File Versions in Rational Team Concert 5.0.2- IBM Software developer Magnus Lindgren demos this feature as it is used to support extensibility and traceability for source files.
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Stéphane Leroy (Unleash the Labs CLM, IBM Software Engineer) has created a wonderfully simple table to outline the Test Lab mana
And don't miss Stéphane's most recent posts surrounding his expertise in RTC and enterprise modernization!
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Overview video for IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager, v5.0 - This Overview tour provides an introduction to the main screens in IBM® Rational® Engineering Lifecycle Manager. Each screen is shown and the major usage points are given.
Click through the links below for the other 4 videos in this series (we have hidden them behind the links as the videos will autoplay if embedded here as seen above):
Products video for IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager, v5.0 - The Products tour shows the Browse Products screen and describes typical usage of that screen in the context of a scenario. Other functionality in IBM® Rational® Engineering Lifecycle Manager is discussed where products and product configurations features flow into other areas of the tool, such as versions, branching, file import, and baselines.
Queries video for IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager, v5.0 - The Queries tour shows how queries can be used alone to gather artifacts for a specific purpose or can be used to populate a view. Users can read hover text to find out more about gathered artifacts and act on query results, for example, to run an analysis.
Views video for IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager, v5.0- The Views tour steps users through a simple view creation, using predefined queries called artifact elements. How queries work in views is described. Views and queries have an important relationship; you cannot build a view without populating it with one or more queries.
Analysis video for IBM Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager, v5.0 - Analysis helps users gauge the impact of a change from one artifact to any related artifacts. This video shows users how to run an analysis from a product configuration and from an analysis profile. The video follows a scenario, shows features of the three main Impact Analysis screens, and pulls the use of the three main screens together so users can understand the work flow.
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Ralph Schoon (Unleash The Labs, Leading Technical Sales Professional ) provides two great no-nonsense views into starting up with projects in IBM BlueMix on his external blog rsja
Getting started with BlueMix - Ralph blogs about his experiences with BlueMix and provides some detailed information to help you get started as well: "Recently everyone has their heads in the clouds and I decided to have a peek to find out what it is all about. So I started looking into it. This post is a summary of my first experiences with the IBM BlueMix Cloud Computing offering and how I got started with developing my first applications for it..."
Using RTC to Work with DevOps Services and With Bluemix - Ralph blogs again with a deeper dive into BlueMix and Eclipse that builds upon the post above: "I recently had a look into Bluemix and how to use it with Eclipse to develop cloud applications. The blog post also mentions that there is an integration to DevOps Services that enables to use work items for planning. It also allows to use GIT or Jazz SCM to manage the source code. Recently I had a look into how that works and I would like to share here what I learned. This post assumes you have performed the first steps to setup your environment following the Getting started With Bluemix post already...."
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Introducing Call Home Web Beta - This video introduces you to IBM’s new web interface for viewing Call Home information. With the most recent release of the IBM Support Portal, you are now able to manage systems in a new Call Home Web Dashboard. Features of Call Home Web include automated problem reporting or missed heartbeat events, as well as a graphical interface of problem reports. All systems associated with CHWE show the last heartbeat and can easily scan for issues. You can organize systems associated with your IBM ID, as well as pair new systems to your IBM ID.
John Goodson, Electronic Support Architect, has created this
To use Call Home Web Experience to manage automated problem reporting, visi
Managing your Systems in IBM Call Home Web - This video demonstrates how to add and manage Power systems, PureFlex Systems based on Power architecture, and IBM Storage Systems that provide Call Home capability. This tool does not cover System Z, System X, or BladeCenter Systems. John Goodson, Electronic Support Architect, has created this
Existing systems will already be recognized if you have added to your IBM ID to the system when you configured IBM Call Home in Electronic Service Agent (ESA) or Hardware Management Console (HMC). On this page, you can confirm system registrations for data to start being collected from your systems. You can also perform test events to ensure problem reports are correctly associated.
This video also demonstrates how to put your systems in groups with access management.
Managing users and subscriptions in IBM Call Home Web - This video demonstrates how to add and manage users and subscriptions in IBM Call Home. John Goodson, Electronic Support Architect, has created this
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In this 3-part series, Steven Wood (IBM Advisory Software Engineer) will show how to build an integration with Evernote. We start with the API and move on to building a standalone Node.js web application that allows users to browse their Evernote data. Then you will see how to adapt this web app into a DOORS Next Generation extension. I hope that this example will give you a taste of what can be achieved with DOORS Next client extensions and a sense of how easy it is to build and deploy your own extensions using Bluemix:
Integrate Rational DOORS Next Generation and Evernote, Part 2- Rational DOORS Next Generation now lets you create client extensions. Extensions are complete web applications that run inside a dedicated area of the DOORS user interface, allowing users to embed custom web content. IBM Bluemix provides a powerful and easy-to-use platform for hosting web applications and extensions. In this tutorial, the second of three parts, see how to build a web front end using the Express JS framework, and how to allow users to authenticate to Evernote using OAuth instead of using a single developer token.
Integrate Rational DOORS Next Generation and Evernote, Part 3- This tutorial builds on Part 1 and Part 2. So far, we've built a simple web application that allows users to permit access to their Evernote accounts using OAuth and then displays their notebooks, lists notes in a notebook, and reads and displays note content. In this final part, we'll create a DOORS Next Generation Client extension with the application that will allow users to import their Evernote note content into DOORS requirements artifacts.
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Jazz Reporting Service in Rational Team Concert 5.0.2- James Moody, the IBM Rational Analytics and Reporting Architect, provides information on the Jazz Reporting Service in RTC 5.0.2
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Over on Jazz.net, the team has been publishing some excellent articles. Here are two recent articles you won't want to miss!
Rational Team Concert and Git Integration: Setup Guide- Starting with 5.0 release, Rational Team Concert comes with built-in support for integrating with Git, with the following salient features. This article touches upon the overall setup required for this integration to work; and, specifically describes the setup on the Git server-side.
How to keep your streams flowing smoothly in Rational Team Concert- This article explores some of the best practices for team-based Release Engineering in a Rational Team Concert environment using Jazz Source Control. In particular, we introduce two new features in RTC 3.0.1 that are designed to aid the Release Engineer in their day-to-day tasks: a new post-build option that automatically delivers changes to a chosen stream, and the ability to use the Pending Changes view to track incoming/outgoing changes from a stream.
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Standardization of Rational Publishing Engine Templates- In this video you learn from BAE systems and DOORS expert David Moran. David has setup and supported DOORS/RPE/Citrix environments and works with hundreds of users. David takes you through the practical lessons he has learned over his 10+ years with DOORS and 4 years with RPE.
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A three part series by Jim Amsd
Integrating BPMN and SoaML, Part 1. Motivation and Approach- BPMN and SoaML are two recent standards adopted by OMG. The standards overlap significantly, but each provides a particular emphasis on service and process modeling. This article is Part 1 of a three-part series that explores how to use these two modeling languages (either separately or together) on the same or related projects. It introduces requirements and approaches for how to take advantage of their strengths of each and how to avoid redundancy.
Integrating BPMN and SoaML: Part 2. Concepts that guide integration- This article, part 2 of a 3 part series, explores the concepts that guide the integration of BPMN and SoaML. The concepts include how each language approaches encapsulation, contracts (or interfaces), structure and behavior.
Integrating BPMN and SoaML: Part 3. Mapping BPMN and SoaML- BPMN and SoaML are two recent standards adopted by OMG. There is significant overlap between these standards, with each providing a particular emphasis on service and process modeling. This article looks at how to uses their unique features together.
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Good Apps, Bad Apps: Keys to Delivering Exceptional Mobile Applications- In this video Ken Parmelee and Leigh Williamson take you through the realities of mobile application development and the keys to making mobile applications that consumers expect and demand vs. the old ways, methods and mindsets that created bad applications that consumers reject. They also investigate the cost of developing mobile apps, both good and bad.
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You may have thought we were done with the top recap posts, but we have one more we think you'll find useful! Here's the top Urban Code technotes from 2014. These technotes are the most often cited and shared in our Support Engineers' PMR notes all used to help you solve or prevent issues:
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From us in IBM Rational Client Support, we wish you all a very happy New Year and hope the future brings you all the successes and joy you can handle!
While we sleep away the day, then wake only to gorge ourselves on traditional New Year's Day fare (Hoppin' John anyone?), we still wanted to take some time out and thank you all for being such a loyal audience and helping to make this the second most viewed on developerWorks (and over 12.5 million views)! We truly hope this means you all find value in the content we share and that our posts do indeed help you see more success in your daily work with your Rational product suites.
From all of us in Rational Client Support to you, we say: A heartfelt thank you, and we hope this new year sees even greater prosperity and success for you all!