GRUC Webcast on The Rational ALM Team's SAFe-Based Transformation: Our Kanban System in Action
April 23, 2015, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Central Standard Time)
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The Portfolio Epic Kanban System is a key concept in the Scaled Agile Framework, but we have discovered that it is, in fact, a critical part of a successful SAFe-based transformation. Through the Kanban System, we have been able to fully incorporate lean and agile thinking across our organization by encapsulating those practices in our tooling to support Kanban. Come see how we have implemented an Epic Kanban System in the Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution to drive SAFe adoption across our Program and Portfolio teams to embrace lean and agile and truly drive the delivery of value in a continuous delivery model.
Amy Silberbauer is an Executive IT Specialist in the IBM Rational organization. She currently serves as a Solution Specialist responsible for defining and driving Rational’s DevOps Steer and Scaled Agile solutions. She has hands on experience leading an internal SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) transformation project, evangelizing SAFe concepts within Rational and beyond to other teams in IBM, and working with customers considering similar transformations. She is a Certified SAFe Program Consultant. She is a recognized subject matter expert on software development lifecycle solutions, including Enterprise Modernization and SOA.
Chris Thompson, Program Director, IBM
Over the past 35, years Chris has gained extensive experience in software engineering and management across a diverse range of organisations engaged in global, regulated, high quality, fast moving and technologically advanced businesses. These roles have encompassed: the synchronized worldwide release of up to 22 products developed in 11 locations across three continents (Europe, India and America) by in-house and external teams; direct responsibility for the management of development labs; external outsourcing relationships and OEM development contracts. He is a certified Program Consultant for the Scaled Agile Framework.
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Scale Agile Development Using Mixed Tools via Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters- Leverage agility and integration in an heterogeneous environment...
The Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters extend Rational's ALM solution to include a number of third-party tools. These adapters allow customers to practice ALM in a mixed tool environment and incrementally adopt Rational products while leveraging their current investments in other lifecycle tools. This webcast presents the latest additions and updates to the adapters offering and discusses what types of customer situations are being targeted by these new capabilities.
Our good friends in Rational User Education have been doing a bang-up job in publishing a ton of great high-value videos on their YouTube channel. In particular here's a losoe-knit series of Agile related videos to cover a wide range of topics germane to those processes and methodologies. For a general overview of the other pages see this article Getting Started With Agile Planning.
DevOps is reshaping the future of ALM as noted in a recently published Forrester report, Continuous Delivery is Reshaping the Future of ALM, saying "DevOps is now noisily elbowing its way into the mainstream- the revolution is just beginning, but it’s real and the time to act is now."
IBM DevOps is an essential enterprise capability for continuous delivery that enables organizations to seize market opportunities and reduce time to customer feedback. DevOps enables organizations to adopt and continuously improve in lean and agile practices through shared learning, while extending the boundaries of agile to encompass the full business/client value stream. Effective ALM is a key practice that helps organizations implement a DevOps approach because it allows them to efficiently deliver applications and services with robust performance, transactional integrity, security and control.
We ask that you continue to participate and contribute your ALM expertise to the DevOps Community moving forward. Join our new DevOps Communityto post questions to the Forum or get community insights from our Blog. We look forward to exchanging ideas with you.
Both Vijay Sankar and Andy Gurd have tirelessly spent the past month taking you back to school on requirements. If you missed it, or just want a refresher, take a look at their work with the entire Requirements Management 101 series here:
The next session is on April 5. Vishy Ramaswamy, Senior Technical Staff Member and Design Manager Server Architect for Rational Software Architect and Rational Rhapsody, will open a discussion about agile architecture. More details and web conference information are available HERE.
Table of contents: 0:00 Introduction to Rational Adapter for HP ALM 1:07 Demonstration scenario 2:07 Link HP ALM test folder to RTC plan while in RTC 3:15 Add test case while in RTC 4:48 View a defect while in RTC 5:24 Link a defect to a plan item while in RTC 5:52 Associate a change set to a defect while in RTC
The ALM Community is planning the following ALM Office Hour events for March and April:
Is it better to deploy IBM Rational Team Concert incrementally or all at once? Event Date/Time: March 8, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time) Are you gearing to adopt or you have already successfully adopted IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC)? Join us to discuss some successful RTC adoption patterns based on customer experiences. You will learn about tips and tricks on what has worked well for others when introducing a new set of development tools to your teams. This discussion will be led by Rolf Nelson, Senior Product Manager for IBM Rational Team Concert.
Agile Architecture Event Date/Time: April 5th, 2013 from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST) Agile development is a time boxed iterative approach that encourages rapid and flexible response to change through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams and customers. It promotes adaptive planning, evolutionary architecture and design and incremental delivery of software to achieve the earliest possible benefit based upon value, risk, priority and necessity. A well functioning, agile team works with just enough process to get the job done but to achieve real productivity improvements and continuously deliver on their objectives, they need sufficient technological infrastructure, or what some have termed "Architectural Runway."
Make sure you email, tweet, and/or blog about these excellent upcoming ALM events!
Integrating IBM Rational Requirements and HP ALM with Rational Lifecycle Adapters- If you use HP ALM for quality management, you can use the Rational adapter for HP ALM to integrate with Rational Requirements Composer, Rational DOORS Next Generation, Rational Team Concert, or Rational ClearQuest. In this integrated environment, Developers, Testers, and Analysts can work in their own tools and collaborate with each other by using linked resources. Using the integrated environment, you can link test plans to associated requirements collections, and you can reconcile requirements collections with HP ALM test folders to ensure test coverage of requirements. You can link failed test runs to work items, or link change sets to defects that are tracked in HP ALM.
Enterprise application development has sprawled beyond any single platform. IT organizations rely on a mix of Intel, mainframe and Power hardware to support business operations, and to stay ahead, developers need to tackle challenges beyond any one platform. Also, development skills and tooling deployed on one platform need to be portable - mainframe to mobile - so advantages can be applied everywhere.
We invite you to join this webcast to get first-hand knowledge and understanding of typical challenges and myths surrounding multiplatform development. See a demonstration of the latest multiplatform development tooling and techniques to help mitigate these issues.
Rational Solution for Collaborative LifeCycle Management 2012(CLM 2012) was released in June 2012.
In this post, I have tried to capture the changes in CLM 2012 from a licensing perspective. I have outlined the licensing requirements for the clustering requirements and covered the implementation changes in the Jazz token licensing for CLM 2012. Also, there is a small section answering the most frequent questions asked in the context of deployment of CLM 2012 licenses under “FAQ section”. So watch out for those tips!
Ok, lets get started now. To begin with let me broadly list the changes which have been brought in CLM 2012 from the licensing perspective.
What's New in Licensing for CLM 2012:
Addition of read-access to Design Management [Beta] capabilities to the following client license types: Contributor (RTC, RQM, RRC), Developer (RTC), Quality Professional (RQM), and Analyst (RRC).
Ability to connect to multiple floating license servers due to the High Availability & Clustering feature of CLM 2012.
License Compatibility with 3.0.x applications. The 4.0 licenses work with 3.0.x applications but 3.0 licenses do not work with 4.0 applications.
This compatibility allows for a topology where not all applications have to be upgraded to v4.0 at the same time. You can upgrade JTS and one of the applications and continue to work with the other applications at the 3.0.x level.
A new starter pack bundle of 10 licenses of RTC Developer for Work groups is available. The Starter Pack provides 24x7 IBM support providing an easy upgrade when teams need more than community support for their first 10 seats. There is a limit of 1 Starter Pack (10 seats) per Jazz license server group. The Starter Pack only installs on RTC 4.0 license servers.
Licensing in High availability/Clustering for Rational's Collaborative Life cycle Management products
There are 2 types of HA/Clustering available with CLM 4.0:
CLM High Availability / Clustering on WAS WAS based High Availability Prerequisite: Will require licensed WAS-ND (which will not be bundled with CLM v4, which is not provided by Rational License Team). Requires Freely available key file from support to activate capability.
Server Rename Server rename is only for a limited set of scenarios. It requires careful planning, and should generally be used only as a last resort when other approaches are unworkable. You should review the supported scenarios at Supported scenarios to understand if server rename will work for your deployment. Prerequisite: Requires a freely available key file from support to activate capability
Both the setups do not require extra CAL ( Client Access Licenses ) for the applications hosted on the JTS, Since there will be only one repository. Both the setups do not require the extra server licenses as well ( JTS ). They need the WAS and freely available key file from support to activate capability, which is not a license file and customers need to contact the product support in order to obtain the same.
Design Management Licensing
Design Management is a collaborative web-based tool that enables a broad set of stakeholders to contribute to and influence the design of products, software, and systems. Rational Software Architect Design Manager ([Beta] and Rational Rhapsody Design Manager [Beta] use the Design Management (DM) application, which includes the Design Management capability.
Important: The integration with Design Management is considered beta functionality and is for evaluation purposes only.
There are no extra licenses available as of now for the Design Management tools. As of now the following client license types: Contributor (RTC, RQM, RRC), Developer (RTC), Quality Professional (RQM), and Analyst (RRC) have been provided with only the Read-access capabilities to Design Management [Beta] There are no trial extensions for the licenses of Design Management tools as of now.
License Compatibility with 3.0.x applications/Support rolling upgrade capability (N-1) for CLM
The 4.0 licenses work with 3.0.x applications but 3.0 licenses do not work with 4.0 applications. This compatibility allows for a topology where not all applications have to be upgraded to v4.0 at the same time.
You can upgrade JTS and one of the applications and continue to work with the other applications at the 3.0.x level. You can upgrade Jazz Team Server and support both RTC 3.0.1 and RTC 3.Next clients. You can upgrade one CLM application at a time (rather than having to do all at once). Allows RTC, RQM, RRC to upgrade incrementally. 4.0 CALs would require the JTS version to be at 4.0. However 3.0 CALs can be imported into JTS 4.0 without any problem.
When Jazz Tokens are used as licenses instead of CAL's and when the version of CLM is upgraded to 4.0, we have incompatibility issues with the Jazz Tokens.
In order to resolve the reported error apply the steps below:
Return the existing license.dat file and Re-generate the new licenses.
This would enable the Jazz Keys (JazzTokens.zip) to be updated for Rational Quality Manager v4.0
Download the new JazzTokens.zip Import the JazzTokens.zip on the Jazz Team Server
How the licenses are released back to the pool:
One significant enhancement starting with RTC 3.0 and continuing with the CLM 2011 release is the ability for a user to explicitly release a FUSI license by logging out and have the license return to the pool of licenses.
If a user is logged onto RTC, for example, from both the RTC web client and the Eclipse client, the user would have to log out from both clients for the license to be returned to the license pool.
If a user is logged out of the Eclipse client and has only closed the browser for the web client and if the user is not logged out of the web client, the license would still be associated with the user and will have not returned to the pool.
I have also come across some of the frequently asked questions from our clients on the following topics which I thought of sharing in this blog.
Does using the Eclipse client and web client at the same time consume 2 licenses? A single user with both an Eclipse client and web session would only use a single floating license.
How to release a floating license so that it is available for another user:
Click the Users tab.
In the User Administration pane, click Acquired Floating Licenses.
On the Acquired Floating License page, hover over a license you want to release and click Terminate Lease in the Actions column.
When you see the Terminate Lease confirmation window, click Yes, terminate.
How can you change the floating license time out value? The value can be changed in the Advanced Properties page of the Web UI, by navigating to the com.ibm.team.repository.service.internal.license.FloatingLicenseService section.
How can you change the Floating License Refresh Rate ( The waiting time b/w the floating license refresh )? The value can be changed in the Advanced Properties page of the Web UI, by navigating to the com.ibm.team.repository.service.internal.license.LicenseService
Did you hear? Fariz Saracevic, Lifecycle Scenario Architect, announced on his blog Tuesday that the ALM Community is launching an Office Hours program. these office hours are intended to help connect you, our clients, with the right Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to help answer questions, provide feedback, or even learn about deeper ALM related topics.
Check out his blog here for more details, or just use the information below to join the ALM community and begin working directly with your peers and the ALM SMEs!
To get notified about ALM Community Office Hours, become an ALM community member, and/or pass this information to your peers:.
We're certain you know by now that Design Management 4.0 was released on Sept 7th. And if you've been too busy since then, now is a great time to go grab the trial download and dig in to the great new features as highlighted in the "New & Noteworthy" section!
But did you know that the product contains free training? Well, now you do!
Check out the Essentials of design management with RSA; a free, self paced training to support and facilitate DM adoption. It includes:
Jennifer Moore (Rational's Go-to-market Manager for CLM) recently recorded a podcast on what to expect from Lifecycle Solutions track at Innovate 2012. This is a quick ten minute chat that goes over exactly what to expect form the Lifecycle Solutions Track at Innovate 2012; Jennifer even goes as far as calling out a few specific session numbers (pay attention!) that will provide deep value from the CLM perspectives...
The combination of innovation and speed can help organizations stay competitive and decreases the opportunity for competition to announce that next great product or service ahead of you. At Innovate 2012, our Lifecycle Solution track will talk about how your organization can keep that competitive edge with IBM Rational's Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) solution so that you can be more innovative, faster and better. In this track you will not only learn what is new in CLM but also how forward thinking organizations are reducing costs and optimizing productivity with better collaboration across teams and multi-platforms with effective Application Lifecycle Management capabilities built on the unifying, open, extensible Jazz platform.
In addition to IBM experts speaking at the event, you will also have many customer speakers sharing their stories as well. To know what more is in store at the Lifecycle Solution track at Innovate 2012, listen to the podcast here.
Have you noticed all the new videos over on the IBMJazz Youtube account? No? Well allow me to highlight them for you below. The following are three hot new videos discussing points of the Five ALM imperatives. Once you've perused the videos, head on over to Jazz.net for even deeper info on ALM/CLM, the various products which make up the suite, and how they can all combine to work for you!
And lastly, how about an oldy-but-goody just to round it all out:
Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management demo (using 3.0 Beta 2) How do you know when you're really ready to release? Answering this question requires ALM visibility spanning project management, requirements, coding, build and testing artifacts. In this demo, we show how the Rational solution provides the end-to-end visibility agile teams need to succeed with ALM. The demo starts with a development plan that shows the relationship among plan items, requirements and test cases. We see how adding a new plan item to the release backlog drives a choreographed set of team activities for project managers, analysts, developers and quality professionals. Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer were demoed using the 3.0 Beta 2 versions. Visit jazz.net to learn more about our next releases.
Here's two videos and two articles for your benefit today; two videos on the Imperatives for ALM covering real-time planning and in-context collaboration, as well as two articles to help you along with business agility from a technical perspective and a tutorial on how to use the Practice Library application. Enjoy!
Article: Business Agility: A technical perspective from the IBM Rational software staff- Mike Perrow, a Rational software manager, explains how Rational software and services can help you attain and sustain what IBM calls "Business Agility:" better decisions through analytics and business rules, a smarter approach to the process of software delivery, and ways to extend your reach with secure, multi-platform and cloud development. He cites relevant features and their significance and benefits in these products, among others: IBM Rational Asset Manager 7.5.1, Rational Automation Framework 3.0, Rational Focal Point 6.5, Rational Insight 1.1, Rational Team Concert, Rational System Architect 11.4, plus support for Open Services Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC), the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM), and CLM for Agility@Scale.
And a special bonus article: How to use the Practice Library application- The Practice Library application is a simple tool that allows process authors to create and manage a set of shared practices which can be consumed by teams using the CLM applications. This guide describes how to use the Practice Library application from the perspectives of a process engineer and a project manager.
This is a demonstration of using the test configuration feature to test your schema changes in IBM Rational ClearQuest Designer:
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Next up from Jazz.net is a video in the series for the Five ALM Imperatives, focusing on the value of In-context Collaboration and how it can maximize product value:
It is a multimedia extravaganza today, compliments of our IBM Jazz friends. The first two are nice short tours and overviews of key products and features, while the third is a lengthier keynote from our Innovate 2011 event covering Integration that matters and the Five Imperatives of ALM. Enjoy!
Rational Quality Manager helps organizations optimize project quality with a single, shared test management hub that provides integrated lifecycle support across virtually any platform and type of testing.
June 7, 2011 Keynote session from IBM Innovate 2011 in Orlando Florida. Integration the Matters and the Five Imperatives of ALM Introduced by comedian Felicia Day. The leaders from IBM Rational development labs highlight new advancements in the areas of application lifecycle management, design management, and enterprise modernization. Scott Rich, the technical lead of the IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management effort, closes the session by reflecting on how the IBM Rational team has implemented their Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution, how it helped to transform siloed teams towards an integrated team, and how this process resulted in an improvements to the solution itself.
Application Lifecycle Management, also known as ALM, is not a new phrase in software development, but perhaps one with which you are still not entirely familiar. ALM can help improve lifecycle collaboration and software development efficiency. How, you may be asking? Why through diligent application of the five imperatives for ALM, of course!
Not only does the article detail the benefits of ALM in general, but it also demonstrates how IBM Rational has raised the bar for ALM solutions by articulating five imperatives backed by proof points showing how our integrated product offerings meet those imperatives.
Check out this new video from Carolyn Pampino and our friends at jazz.net :
How do you know when you're really ready to
release? Answering this question requires ALM visibility spanning
project management, requirements, coding, build and testing artifacts.
In this demo, we show how the Rational solution provides the end-to-end
visibility agile teams need to succeed with ALM. The demo starts with a
development plan that shows the relationship among plan items,
requirements and test cases. We see how adding a new plan item to the
release backlog drives a choreographed set of team activities for
project managers, analysts, developers and quality professionals.
Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, and Rational Requirements Composer were demoed using the 3.0 Beta 2 versions.
Visit jazz.net to learn more about our next releases.
Speeding up Schema development often requires that two or more
designers work on one Schema. The article describes proven Best
Practices to help you manage multiple developers working on your
ClearQuest Schema at the same time.
will also be presenting in June at the Rational software conference,
the Loop: From Support Request to ALMRequest and Back with Client
Lifecycle Management on IBM Rational ClearQuest.
If you are planning to attend the conference, but have not yet registered, use the special code RCS10 to receive $100 off your registration, and tell 'em NFRS sent you.
Katur stopped by this afternoon to show off his new Redbook: Collaborative Application Lifecycle Management with IBM Rational Products, written in collaboration with other good peeps, several of which I've had the pleasure of working with. Katur Patel and Brianna Smith currently work in Rational Client Support.
It's 600+ pages of fun and excitement featuring Build Forge, ClearCase, ClearQuest, ReqPro, and introducing Rational Quality Manager, Rational Requirements Composer Rational Software Analyzer and Rational Team Concert.
From the back cover:
In this book, we provide a reference scenario and tool architectures for deploying the new IBM Rational products into an existing enterprise environment. We also provide a set of blueprints that define each of the key disciplines in the development life cycle to help you understand the domain and how the Rational products support the need of that discipline. Our primary focus is to highlight the value of CALM by providing a user view of the solution that is used to support a distributed enterprise development team that incorporates aspects of the "Agility-at-Scale" approach.
Get yours here - download a PDF or order your own hard copy.