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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)
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 ar... (more)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 t... (more)
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 deviation? It is difficult to resolve impediments and risks if you don’t have insight into your teams’ progress. Here are six me... (more)
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)
You are unhappy. Crappy releases and outages are causing delays and making you and your team look bad.  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)
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)
Are project intake management and portfolio prioritization draining your resources?  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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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