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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 systems need to be rock solid, which is why platform releases are often six or nine months in the making. Business logic may need to be adjusted on a quarterly basis to support business changes while the User Experience layer may demand continuous updates for competitive reasons. Pace layer ma... (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)

How to Weave Lean Thinking into Your Release Management | @DevOpsSummit #Lean #Agile #DevOps

How to Weave Lean Thinking into Your Release Management for Predictable Delivery By Simon King "The core idea of Lean is to maximize customer value." Lean Enterprise Institute What is Lean? Businesses are being driven up against the wall by continual industry disruption. Many are fighting back by adopting Lean as a means to support business transformation. The aim is simple: create more value for customers with fewer resources. Lean thinking views the whole, not its parts. Then it identifies and eliminates waste across value streams. Here's how you can implement Lean thinking t... (more)

It’s Not About Agile Release Planning | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps

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 composition... (more)

4 Reasons Why Communication Should be Your Single Most Important Software Testing Goal

Do you know why improving communication should be your single most important software testing goal? Here are four reasons why communication is so critical. 1. Spend Less Time in Meetings, on Calls, and on Email Effective and efficient communication equips you and your team to spend less time sending email, sitting in meetings, taking phone calls, and providing status updates and spend more time doing the activities you really want to do. Great communication is the foundation of great software testing. Until you have great communication throughout your team and its associated sta... (more)