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Three DevOps Considerations for the Enterprise Many of the well-known examples of DevOps success we read in blogs on the Internet paint an idyllic picture of DevOps productivity. A team was facing a stodgy, slow-moving operations department, teams weren't delivering software on... (more)
Connecting DevOps to the Business at DevOps Summit New York By Dalibor Siroky This week we're attending SYS-CON Event's DevOps Summit in New York City.  It's a great conference and energy behind DevOps is enormous. Thousands of attendees from every company you can imagine are foc... (more)
When you read about DevOps in the technical press you come away with the idea that infrastructure automation has solved the problem of complex releases. These images of success are backed up by vendor assertions that businesses are no longer burdened by complex releases spanning ... (more)
Last week wasn’t a good week for the stability of high-profile systems.  United airlines had a ground-stop due to an “automation failure”, the New York Stock Exchange suffered a problem that caused an interruption of trading, and the Wall Street Journal had issues with site avail... (more)
Release managers understand what it means to have a triple-booked Outlook calendar.  They have calendars subject to rapid last-minute changes as project timelines slip and environments issues cause a series of fire-drill emergencies to be solved right now.  Most release managers ... (more)
“Hey, can we get another QA environment?” That question can ruin an environment manager’s day. A large organization plans for capacity, purchases enough infrastructure to support as many environments as the organization needs at once, and even “on the cloud” resources have a pr... (more)
We’ve compared release managers to air traffic controllers in previous blog posts. For test environment managers we use a different analogy, instead of air traffic controllers a test environment manager job’s is more akin to assigning and preparing gates for flights arriving to a... (more)
When Forrester analysts Amy DeMartine and Kurt Bittner wrote “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective DevOps” the habit I focused on was habit number one: “Establish trust and transparency between Dev and Ops.” This is at the core of release management: DevOps Trust and Transparency... (more)
How Agile Release Managers Skip Change Control By Dalibor Siroky Do you think development teams really update those BMC Remedy tickets with all the changes contained in a release?  They don't.  Most of them just "check the box" and move on. They rose a Risk Level that won't rais... (more)
This post could have also been titled “Questions Release Managers should be Prepared to Answer.”  Imagine you report to a VP who is asking you questions about how prepared you are for releases and how you are addressing a set of emerging issues. Everyone who has participated in r... (more)
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