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DevOps Culture – Enabling continuous improvement with IBM’s DevOps Maturity Model and Rational Team Concert

In my last post about retrospectives I discussed the way we have been tracking pain points and associated improvement actions to address those pain points. In this post I want to discuss how we’ve taken this even further by using Rational Team Concert to help track our continuous improvement and how we’re using IBM’s DevOps Maturity Model.
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DevOps Culture – Retrospectives and continuous improvement

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In the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) project we have declared three imperatives for improvement in order to increase our agility with a goal of continuous delivery: culture, process, and tools. Of these three things, culture is, in my opinion, the most difficult thing to change because it’s less tangible than processes and tools and because culture … Read more >

Find us at EclipseCon 2012 in Reston, VA on March 26-29

Spring is almost here, and that means a lot of things. It means that I’ll have to start mowing the grass again soon. It means that I’ve now long since forgotten my annual New Year’s resolution to lose weight. And it means that EclipseCon is just around the corner, and we’ve got some great stuff … Read more >

Reduce costs with Continuous Improvement

Failure happens all the time. It happens every day in practice. What makes you better is how you react to it.
-Mia Hamm, first female FIFA World Player of the Year
Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
-Vince Lombardi, head coach of the Green Bay Packers
We would all like to get it right the … Read more >

Improve predictability with Development Intelligence

No matter how rough the sea, a lighthouse is always shining in the distance to help you find your way.
- Unknown
In the days of simple software projects in someone’s garage, we didn’t worry too much about steering projects. Now, even small projects amass large amounts of data. As we improve our collaboration and have views … Read more >

Improve quality with Lifecycle Traceability

About a dozen years ago, Tim Berners-Lee coined the term “Semantic Web”. Wikipedia states
“The main purpose of the Semantic Web is driving the evolution of the current Web by enabling users to find, share, and combine information more easily.”
With Lifecycle Traceability, we not only share and combine information about our projects, we ensure that software … Read more >

Accelerate time to delivery with Real-Time Planning

Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.
- Alan Lakein, writer
It’s a bad plan that admits of no modification.
- Publilius Syrus, Roman slave and poet (circa 100 BC)
When we start a software project we can’t possibly predict all of the possible activities along the way. Yet … Read more >

Maximizing product value with In-Context Collaboration

Why is it that some teams release products that provide a great experience, while others, release products that are, well, not quite right? Behind every great experience lies a multitude of design choices that bring to life the stakeholders’ vision. Getting it right requires many conversations on many levels, with stakeholders, with architects and designers, … Read more >

Five imperatives for Application Lifecycle Management

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“At some point, you take a step back, and you realize you have an awful lot of siloed systems that are limiting transparency across strategic projects.” Development Director, Temenos, Inc.
Back when I was making my career decision, I chose to avoid the medical field. Software, I thought, was safe. I wouldn’t harm anyone if I … Read more >