DevOps in the Trenches: Get Started with Metrics

While it is nice when an enterprise recognizes the value of getting everyone working together in an end-to-end value stream, the reality is that’s not where most DevOps initiatives start. Often, one particular silo decides there is value in working more closely with others and seeks ways to do so. I call this “DevOps in […]

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Agile Tips to Make the Most of Conferences

Time spent at a conference is precious, so you should make sure there is a return on that investment. What better way to do so than to leverage agile ideas? Here are a few tips based on the principles behind the Agile Manifesto for getting the most out of attending a conference. Embrace change Like […]

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The Metrics behind High-Performing DevOps Organizations

The 2019 Accelerate State of DevOps report was recently released. This annual research compilation is a great resource to see what’s going on in the world of agile and DevOps. The report evaluates organizations against five key metrics, collectively called software delivery and operational performance metrics: Lead time for changes: How long does it take for a […]

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3 Telltale Signs You’re Scaling Agile Too Quickly

When an organization grows quickly, it puts stress on people, processes, and customers. Burnout happens, things fall through the cracks, and defects creep in. Unfortunately, many organizations try to scale agile too quickly, and that often leads to failure. Here are three of the telltale signs you’re scaling too fast.

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5 Reasons You Should Have More Unit Tests

The test pyramid is a valuable visual in agile. In particular, it argues that unit tests should make up the majority of tests, and while agile teams recite this principle, it is often not clear why it is so important. Here are five reasons unit tests should make up the majority of tests written for an application.

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What Is Continuous Testing All About?

Continuous testing started when DevOps got hot as organizations began trying to figure out how to make everything in the software delivery process more continuous and testers felt they were being left out of the DevOps movement. If you want to get started with continuous testing, here are three things you should know.

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2 Good Practices Agile Says You Don’t Need

There are lots of good practices that people will tell you aren’t agile. Usually this comes from people who read a book on Scrum or Extreme Programming and took it literally. But agile is not methods and tools associated with a particular methodology; as long as you follow the agile principles, anything is fair game.

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DevOps and Security: 5 Principles for DevSecOps

With the trend toward a more continuous delivery and deployment process, late-lifecycle activities like security assurance present a significant hurdle to continuously delivering value to customers. DevSecOps addresses this by shifting security assurance activities, personnel, and automation closer to development.

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3 Must-Read Books for a Good Agile Foundation

If you are searching for agile knowledge, there are many books outside the current literature that may enlighten you. Some discuss the underpinnings of concepts we consider agile, while others are contemporary business books that present compelling ways to use agile effectively. Here are three Jeff Payne recommends.

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