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Newbie Blogger
Hello community!  I’m excited to join the blogging world and share my experience and expertise as a project manager from within the depths of the Rational brand development organization.  I’ve been in Rational for quite a while now and the Lotus brand before that.  You may know me from when I was a … Read more >

Continuous upgrade with IBM UrbanCode Deploy

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I’ve just released a video explaining how we’re using IBM UrbanCode Deploy to continuously upgrade the staging and production systems on In the video I explain the internal architecture, the different staging systems, and the process we use to upgrade the production systems. Finally I demonstrate how we can UrbanCode Deploy to automate … Read more >

Does that build contain my fix?

Have you ever wondered if a build includes a fix?
Perhaps you’re in QA and you want to ensure you’re testing the right build, or perhaps you’re a developer and you want to make sure that your changes made it into a build. Either way, Rational Team Concert makes it easy.
Let’s look at how you can … Read more >

Off and running in 2014: Announcing CLM 4.0.6

This week we released CLM 4.0.6, the next version of Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM). CLM 4.0.6 will be our first quarterly release for 2014 and represents the start of our second full year in continuous delivery mode. We’re off to a fast start, focusing on improvements in key areas including DevOps, consumability, cross platform … Read more >

DevOps Culture – Thriving at the edge of chaos

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In my previous post on building robust teams, I mentioned the need to have some people in a team with an appetite for risk and some who are risk-averse. Some people take risks because they are too inexperienced to know better but some experienced people know that it’s important to take risks.
NetFlix continuous delivery gurus, … Read more >

DevOps Culture – Building robust teams

The failure of “predict and control”
When it comes to managing projects and teams, the natural inclination for many people is to try to predict and control everything while taking comfort in tools and technology and processes and practices. This happens frequently in software development despite the fact that other, far more mature, domains learned long … Read more >

DevOps Culture – Managing friction

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In a previous post about retrospectives and continuous improvement I described how we track “pain points” which are issues that block or hinder our ability to develop a specific development capability. Another way to think of pain points is that they are sources of friction.
In physics, friction is a force that impedes movement. If you … Read more >

Our journey toward adoption of SAFe

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This is the fifth installment in our blog series describing the transformation of our internal ALM development organization toward a Continuous Delivery model. The previous post was Planning & Execution from Prototype to Practice. In this series, we describe the motivations behind adoption of a Continuous Delivery model and the many challenges we faced as we … Read more >

DevOps Culture – Teaming up

In a previous post Sreerupa Sen wrote about run teams and feature teams and how they are helping to make our continuous delivery successful. I want to expand on that in this post and talk a bit about the culture that enables such fluid organizational constructs to work successfully.
In the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) project our … Read more >

DevOps Culture – Increasing shared awareness

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The ability of any team to execute with agility is predicated on a shared awareness of important team elements such as the team’s strategy, plans, and current status. A measure of shared awareness is easily gained when team members work alongside one another. You can’t help but notice what your teammate is doing when she … Read more >

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