April 25, 2017 09:25 PM EDT
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... (more)
April 22, 2017 10:00 AM EDT
How to Weave Lean Thinking into Your Release Management for Predictable
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 ar... (more)
April 20, 2017 04:00 PM EDT
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 buzzword... (more)
April 20, 2017 02:00 PM EDT
How to Boost Enterprise Software Testing Predictability
By Simon King
Are you tired of slipping deadlines and missing commitments? Do you feel like
the consistency of Software Testing is out of your control? Here is how to
improve the predictability of software testing across mult... (more)
April 13, 2017 01:09 PM EDT
Do you feel like everyone thinks your software testing team is the bottleneck
slowing down development and delivery? Sixty-four percent of testers say time
spent on side tasks and not doing actual testing is challenging.
Here are the reasons your enterprise testing is failing and ... (more)
April 1, 2017 12:00 PM EDT
It's Time to Tear Down Silos for Agile Release Management
By Simon King
To make sure we’re on the same page, let’s start by defining what we mean
by a silo.
“They are nothing more than barriers… between departments… causing
people… to work against each other.”
Patrick Lencioni i... (more)
March 29, 2017 08:15 PM EDT
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 ... (more)
March 19, 2017 02:00 PM EDT
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
March 16, 2017 01:21 PM EDT
Do you feel like you are always reacting to fire drills? Do you know how your
teams are progressing, how they should be progressing, or why there is a
It is difficult to resolve impediments and risks if you don’t have insight
into your teams’ progress. Here are six me... (more)
March 15, 2017 08:38 PM EDT
Rising costs. Delays. Failed deployments. Outages.
Your risk is increasing and you’re scrambling to figure out why.
The trigger is a lack of visibility. And it is the single biggest reason
your release risk is going up for dev, for ops, and for the business.
Why this is a big probl... (more)
March 15, 2017 08:33 PM EDT
You are unhappy.
Crappy releases and outages are causing delays and making you and your team
Problem: you are relying on documents and spreadsheets to plan releases.
Needless to say, critical details are falling through the cracks as a result
and adversely affecting ... (more)
March 8, 2017 05:00 PM EST
How often is an environment unavailable due to factors within your
project’s control? How often is an environment unavailable due to external
factors? Are the software and hardware in an environment up to date with the
target Production systems? How often do you have to resort to... (more)
March 2, 2017 07:20 PM EST
Are project intake management and portfolio prioritization draining your
Are you sick of sorting through project updates and sharing slides?
Are you spending endless hours in release meetings with no clear decisions?
You probably reminisce the good old days when one te... (more)
March 2, 2017 07:14 PM EST
Do you spend too much time sitting in meetings providing or receiving status
updates? Does your testing team receive a ton of emails and calls and meeting
invites? Does your team provide a ton of detail to stakeholders, but they
still don’t seem to be on the same page? Here are t... (more)
March 2, 2017 07:12 PM EST
Your calendar is filled with release reviews, but it’s looking busy and not
exactly doing much. Every time you glance at it, you cringe. You promise
yourself you would free up some time so you can actually get stuff done.
But you never get around to doing that because you don’t kn... (more)
March 1, 2017 11:00 AM EST
If you’ve used test case management tools before, you’ll understand that
there are a range of products on the market. There are old standards that
have been around since before the dawn of the World Wide Web, and there are
relative market newcomers that offer different levels of ... (more)
February 19, 2017 01:00 PM EST
How many people does it take to set up and tear down a test environment? If
you ask this question and measure the effort required you might be surprised
by the result. While organizations often focus on the hardware budget for
test environments, the largest cost associated with t... (more)
February 14, 2017 01:00 PM EST
You’d be surprised how often organizations insist on running a carbon-copy
of a production network for a rarely-used staging environment; this is
unnecessary. You don’t need a million-dollar staging environment sitting
next to your production environment. You should control your ... (more)
February 8, 2017 01:00 PM EST
While developers can sprint from idea to implementation in a matter of days,
QA has struggled to keep up with this rapid pace due to a lack of standard
test management software tools. The ability to track software requirements
across the full software development lifecycle includ... (more)
February 5, 2017 01:00 PM EST
Test environments cost money; this is the inescapable fact of test
environment management. It can be difficult to justify the expense in
your conversations with finance and management, especially if they lack a
software development background. Businesses are often fine with dropp... (more)