The Cost of Delay in Prioritizing the Product Backlog

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I ran across a really interesting article this morning from Derek Huether on the Leading Agile blog that introduces a concept called Cost of Delay for making decisions about how to prioritize the product backlog. By way of quick explanation, Huether writes, “I tell customers that if they want to save or make the most […]

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5 Enterprise Business Drivers for DevOps

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George Hulme wrote an article on DevOps.com yesterday detailing five reasons that are emerging as the most important business drivers behind enterprise adoption of DevOps (see article here). These are important to understand, as even though DevOps promises many benefits for the IT organization, the decision to adopt is ultimately a business decision. And in […]

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9 Empirical Metrics for Agile Success

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Whether your organization is trying to go Agile or has been practicing Agile for some time, defining the metrics used to gauge the success of your efforts can be a tricky endeavor. But it’s an important exercise to undertake, not only so that Agile teams can measure their progress and improvement over time, but also, […]

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8 Common Causes of Failure in Agile Projects

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Change is difficult. Agile represents change. It then follows that Agile is difficult. What makes Agile difficult as change is that it requires that we think about how we approach our work differently than we are doing today, than we have been doing for years. In order for Agile to succeed, we must redefine the […]

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3 Focus Areas for Leaders in DevOps Transformations

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In today’s application economy, business is moving faster than it ever has before. To capitalize on ever shortening windows of opportunity to address current market trends, the business is increasingly looking to IT to be the strategic asset that can deliver value to its customers faster than the competition. IT, in turn, is responding by […]

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6 Problems DevOps Helps to Solve

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In a recent article on DevOps.com, Helen Beal discusses six common sources of conflict within IT that DevOps can help to solve (see article here). These sources of conflict have arisen as IT tries to form new behaviors and processes in an effort to meet the needs of the business in delivering faster. These growing […]

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Trying to Do DBaaS or Cloud DB Without Automation? Forget It.

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These days, it seems everything is offered “as-a-service.” Applications are moving to the cloud, and every one of those apps is delivered faster due to Agile and DevOps. Everything except the database. Our customers, specifically DBAs, know the database will move to the public cloud soon and they also know that the migration will be […]

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9 Metrics DevOps Teams Should be Tracking

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Payal Chakravarty from IBM wrote an article today on DevOps.com describing the lessons learned from her team’s transformation from Agile to DevOps over the past year, and the resulting “DevOps scorecard” they’ve developed to track indicators of the team’s progress (see article here). Change is never easy, but when beginning a transformation it’s important to […]

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5 Challenges in Implementing Enterprise DevOps

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Building a business is like trying to perfect a machine, such that when you put a dollar in on one side, two come out the other. Once all the dials and inner mechanisms are set correctly, the idea of going into the machine to change something becomes very daunting. Business relies on stability, and the […]

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Making Your Automated Tests Faster

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By Ann Marie Fred.  See original post here. One part of my job is helping other teams adopt DevOps in general, and continuous delivery in particular. But I have a problem: many of them have a suite of automated tests that run slowly; so slowly that they only run a build, and the tests that […]

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