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It's Not About Agile Release Planning - It's About Enterprise Release Agility By Simon King That's not a fancy twist on a popular approach in IT. This post is about untangling the mess Agile Release Planning has become. We're living in an age where we're chasing the latest buzzwords and trends. We hardly slow down to look at the path we've covered to see if we've improved or not. It's time to realize that Agile is truly about an organization's agility. Why agility comes before Agile Agile release planning is like an orchestra where musicians gather to rehearse different compositions. Enterprise agility is their conductor who instructs and guides them to perfection. The reality today is quite different. Enterprise IT organizations are like symphony orchestras gathering to rehearse and perform in the absence of a conductor. Individual teams are similar to highly skilled ... (more)

Production Deployments | @CloudExpo @DaliborSiroky #APM #ML #DevOps

Production Deployments Don't Have to Be a High Wire Act By Dalibor Siroky It's 3 am in California, and you are still awake trying to sort through a release process that has been delayed by several hours. The deployment to the main application cluster took several extra hours due to an unanticipated problem with the servers, and now everyone is waiting on the lead database administrator to call into a conference bridge so you can all move on to Step 53.5b of the deployment. Your production deployments always seem to be problematic and this one might be the worst you've experienced... (more)

Control Costs: Use Cloud Test Environments | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Agile

Control Costs: Use Cloud Test Environments By Dalibor Siroky There is no more effective way to reduce your overall test environment spend than to migrate to cloud test environments and embrace testing and infrastructure automation. The nature of test environments is inherently temporary—you set up an environment, run through an automated test suite, and then tear down the environment. If you can reduce the cycle time for this process down to hours or minutes, then you may be able to cut your test environment budgets considerably. This is the “Holy Grail” for both cost savings and... (more)

Test Environment Management | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #ContinuousTesting

Why Treating Test Management and Test Environment Management Separately Is Killing Your Efficiency By Alon Inditzky Imagine that you have hundreds of development, testing, and operations teams spread across the globe that rely on each other to execute software testing. You have 245 test environments and you release to pre-production several times a day and deploy to production once a week. How do you manage all the software tests, test data, and test environments? Traditionally, the answer would be to fill out spreadsheets or siloed tools, send emails, and hope that everything an... (more)

IT Teams and Business Outcomes | @DevOpsSummit @Plutora #AI #DevOps

Idea to Delivery: Three Ways to Align IT Teams with Business Outcomes By Simon King Business is demanding better, faster delivery of value from IT so it can compete in a market that’s moving at breakneck speed. How can IT accelerate business outcomes if it’s taking nine months to complete projects? First and most important, align IT teams with business goals: acquire new customers, retain current customers, and boost revenue. When IT understands its role and significance in supporting those outcomes, it will earn a seat at the executive table. Scheduling is critical Transaction sy... (more)