The 3 Agile Foundations of Release Orientation

Jul 4, 2018 12:00:00 AM / by Naeem Hussain posted in Release Orientation

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In order for an organization to be successful with Continuous Business Value Delivery® the organization has to set a new destination and has to create a “new” route to reach this destination. This means, we have to REVERSE ENGINEER the entire delivery process to maximize value creation at a rapid pace.

The three key areas that need to be lean and automated, the foundations of a Release Oriented organization are 3 major process areas:

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Making the Agile Move

Jun 28, 2018 12:01:00 AM / by Brian posted in Release Orientation

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There are many considerations on how to make the move from Project Orientation to Release Orientation. Probably more than any other, the key is a belief in moving your organization’s mindset to the new of way of thinking and recognizing that the value of the old project container has vanished in an agile delivery model.

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Envision Your Agile Destination

Jun 25, 2018 12:00:00 AM / by Brian posted in Release Orientation, Agile

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An agile transformation journey implies a starting point, where you are now, and a destination. That destination might not be the final end point for your transformation journey, but that destination is somewhere you know you want to go – more automation, faster cycle times, higher quality, unimpeded flow from business intent to development, or just a happier place for everyone to work. A perfect destination to choose is Release Orientation.

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Can’t I eat without thinking about agile?

May 22, 2018 12:03:00 AM / by BrianB posted in AgileGPS, Agile, AgiLEAD

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As it turns out, at least for me, the answer is a resounding – NO! Here’s the fortune I got after a delicious Chinese meal. So the fortune said, “Before you wonder ‘Am I doing things right,’ ask ‘Am I doing the right things?'"

 

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Seeing the World Through Agile-Colored Glasses

May 1, 2018 12:00:00 AM / by Brian posted in Agile

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There are many misconceptions about what Agile means. Here are a few of the most common that I've heard:

  • Agile is a development methodology. Well, not really, but there are a group of methods that can all be considered Agile.
  • Agile is the same thing as Scrum. They are not one and the same. Scrum is one of the best-known and widely-used Agile frameworks, but there are other frameworks that are still considered Agile.
  • Agile is a free-for-all way of developing software. Nothing could be further from the truth. Done right, Agile provides the basis for some of the most disciplined software delivery practices available.

So then, what is Agile?

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What is Release Orientation?

Apr 9, 2018 12:00:00 AM / by Brian posted in Release Orientation, AgileGPS, Agile Organizational Design, AgiLEAD

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Project oriented organizations focus entirely on getting a related set of intent packaged into a container called a project and seeing that entire container move through from requirements generation to software release. Release-Orientated organizations are singularly focused on continuously getting releases out the door that maximize business value delivery without being constrained to only releasing related business intent in the portfolio. To achieve the continuous release of software systems, organizations must apply lean thinking and principles to every aspect of their delivery frameworks and minimize the overhead associated with making releases with high quality. While Continuous Delivery has become a very popular destination for many software engineering and IT shops, Release Orientation goes well beyond the rapid feedback and rapid test and release cycles of Continuous Delivery. Release Orientation is focused on realizing value through regular and frequent solution releases going into production (or customers’ hands) – thereby realizing continuous value for the business. In other words – Continuous Concept to Cash.

Let’s work backwards from the point of value delivery – the release – backwards to understand how to make Release Orientation a reality for your organization.

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What's the point of taking training classes?

Oct 19, 2017 10:16:00 AM / by Sheri Clemiss posted in Training, Certification

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So you graduated with your degree in IT -  how long ago?  And you have been learning lots as you have worked at different jobs and on different teams.  But you keep getting emails about taking this training or that course and wonder ...  Is it worth spending the money?  I've been doing this IT stuff for several years now, I know what I'm doing.  What's the point of taking any of these training courses?

 

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AgileTrailblazers Health Care Proof of Concept using Google Glass

Sep 21, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Kjell Hegstad posted in HEALTHCARE, GOOGLE GLASS, FUTREOFMEDICINE

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Wearables as a technology category is emerging as one of the leading technologies within health care. Whether it is Mixed Reality (MR) via the holo-lens, Virtual Reality (VR) from Samsung Gear or Oculus, or Augmented Reality (AR) from Apple, the industry consensus is that these technologies are here to stay.

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ATB Announces an ARKit Proof of Concept.

Sep 14, 2017 8:19:02 AM / by Kjell Hegstad

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Apple just announced their iPhone 8 series and the next-gen iPhone X. What was the buzz all about? A lot of the press and media is about the ARKit and how Apple is positioning the iPhone to be the World's largest AR platform. We at ATB want to be in front of this technology so we built a POC around the ARKit shown below in the video. Where does a POC fit in within an enterprise? Our Digital Transformation overview image below - is depicting where in the process a POC may be helpful for you - as you consider whether a POC is right for you. Specifically, an AR POC can apply to any segment, not just gaming; Education, Training, Social Media, E commerce, Sports and Health-Care.
 
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Getting Started with the Elastic Stack

Jul 27, 2017 8:27:00 AM / by Paul Friedman posted in DevOPs, Development, Architecture

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Applications running in production, test, and development environments produce massive files filled with endless lines of text in the form of log files. Mining the data available in these files manually is a daunting, nearly impossible, effort. This is where log management tools come into play. The two most popular are Splunk and the Elastic Stack. Both solutions are excellent options, with each having their own pros and cons; this article makes no claims as to which tool is best for your organization, as there are simply too many variables to be taken into consideration to make a blanket statement of one being better than the other.

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