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4 Things You MUST Have in Order to Say You’re Doing DevOps

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 25, 2016 7:16:46 AM / by Joseph Campbell posted in DevOPs, continuous testing, continuous delivery, continuous integration, ops, configuration management

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1. Continuous Integration (CI)

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7 Signs Your Architecture Is Not Agile-Ready

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2016 7:58:14 AM / by Eric Taylor posted in Agile, Automated Testing, TDD, Unit Testing, ATDD, Architecture

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I have heard it asked many times, “Where do architects fit into Agile?” But that's the wrong question.  Instead, you should be asking, "Is our architecture Agile-Ready?"

One reason for adopting Agile is to enable “flow” to breakout – meaning your organization accelerates moving business needs from the concept phase to delivering customer value in production. Agile, grounded in Lean principals, asks your teams to look at everything that does not contribute to “flow” as waste and to eliminate it. But what if your application architecture is holding you back? 

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Getting Started with JIRA Portfolio 2.0

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 11, 2016 7:10:02 AM / by Ashley Hope posted in JIRA, Portfolio

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JIRA Portfolio is a powerful tool which provides an easy way to manage one or more teams' backlogs and schedule work for months at a time. Portfolio for JIRA 2.0, which was just recently released, brings many useful changes including an easy startup wizard to create a new plan, powerful forecasting tools, and a much tighter integration with your JIRA Boards. Learning to use Portfolio 2 could be a challenge for both experienced Portfolio users as well as JIRA users thinking of trying Portfolio for the first time. Either way, this guide will walk you through setting up and getting started with Portfolio 2.

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4 Sure-Fire Signs Your Company Needs DevOps

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 7, 2016 8:21:14 AM / by Joseph Campbell posted in DevOPs, Agile, Architecture

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All your software deployments happen very late at night/very early in the morning

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High Code Coverage Means You Have Quality Tests, Right? Wrong!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 6, 2016 8:00:57 AM / by Paul Friedman posted in Agile Testing, Code Coverage, Unit Testing

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In Agile Testing, you want to adhere to the testing pyramid when designing your automated tests. For this discussion, I will be focusing on the bottom tier of the pyramid, Unit Tests, where you want to have the largest percentage of your tests.   

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6 Reasons to use Postman/Newman for API Integration Testing

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 22, 2016 4:55:32 PM / by Michael Fried posted in Test Management

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You wrote a fancy new API that handles everything you can throw at it. You spent hours doing manual testing to make sure your API works perfectly. You release your code and make some updates. Now you have to spend hours manually testing again. There has to be a better way. Here are 6 reasons you should use Postman and Newman for API integration testing.

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DevOps - The Greatest Story Never Told

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 16, 2016 8:00:00 AM / by BrianB posted in DevOPs

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The DevOps Story Needs to Be Told!

There is so much chatter about DevOps these days, but so little clarity about what it really means. The shame of it is that very few of us have really heard the "Story of DevOps." Some don't know the how the story begins...some get lost in the middle of the story...and others are scared of how the story will end.

The outline of any great story includes the Setting, Theme, Characters, Point of View, Plot, Conflict, and Resolution. 

  • Setting - DevOps needs the right environment...the right mood, to really flourish
  • Theme - The big idea that makes DevOps a foundation for successful Agile implementation
  • Characters and Point of View - DevOps done right is so much about people
  • Plot and Conflict - Transitioning from a silo organization can be a happy story or a disaster
  • Resolution - Setting a destination for your DevOps journey is so important

In this blog series, we hope to help you write the “Story of DevOps” at your organization to make DevOps wildly impactful to your business results. Let's start with the setting...

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Getting started with Zephyr for JIRA in 5 Easy Steps

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 9, 2016 3:50:51 PM / by Jack Ozment posted in JIRA, Agile Testing, Scrum, Zephyr, Test Management

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The lack of built-in test support for JIRA can feel like a strange omission. Luckily, there are multiple JIRA plugins that add testing support to JIRA, the most popular of which is Zephyr. However, JIRA and Zephyr are extremely flexible tools, and getting their full value requires a team understanding of testing practice, and integrating those practices into JIRA.

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Fostering a Culture of Commitment – Dedicated to achieving Sprint Goals

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 18, 2016 5:21:22 PM / by BrianB posted in Release Orientation, Agile, Agile Organizational Design, Agile Testing, Continuous Business Value Delivery, Scrum

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So, creating a Agile team sounds good on paper, but making this a reality is often harder in most organizations. The hardest part of moving to dedication of team members is first believing that the benefits are worth enduring the pain that often accompanies this move. In the “pre-dedication” way of working, team members would move from team to team as the project heated up in a certain area or when a specific team needed the specialized skills only that team members possessed. These “pre-dedication” team members were also at the whim of the project manager who was bequeathed with the holistic knowledge of the “big picture” and could decide at any given moment that which agile project or which part of which agile project a team member was working that day. So, these team members would spend 25% of their time on Project A, 30% on Project B, 35% on Project C, and 10% on Project D. But, did anyone remember that all this context switching was an enormous drain on that team member and he / she was left with either putting in 25% overtime or being late on at least 3 of these 4 agile projects. As a scrum team member, a lack of dedication can kill your ability to deliver and not to mention your motivation to be at work.

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How does an organization foster a Culture of Commitment?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 12, 2016 4:16:44 PM / by BrianB posted in Release Orientation, Agile, Agile Testing, Lean

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Now that you are hopefully convinced that you want your organization to be steeped in a Culture of Commitment, how do you infuse the CofC in your company’s DNA? The “Culture of Commitment enabling” markers your teams need to strive for are depicted below.

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