Grasping Agility; Hardening Sprints: A Fat Free Candy!

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I wanted to start off this blog with a succinct definition of “Hardening Sprint” so we are all on the same page. I couldn’t find one. I found a lot of words on the Scaled Agile Framework site that talk about and apparently justify Hardening Sprints if you want to read that. I decided to work up a quick definition of a “Hardening Sprint” myself: A pre-planned iteration in which we will do all the things we should be doing all along, but won’t. I’m reminded of a particular label that is very common on candy in stores these days. … LEARN MORE »

Gerrit Dependency Management with GitEye

Introduction In my earlier blogs, TeamForge for Gerrit and GitEye and Interactive Rebase, I showed you the basics of using Gerrit with TeamForge and GitEye.  I also delved into using interactive rebase to squash multiple commits into one so that you can push to Gerrit, creating a single Gerrit change.  In this follow up blog I will give you some tips on managing Gerrit dependencies. Pushing Multiple Commits to Gerrit In my blog GitEye and Interactive Rebase I showed you what to do if you have made multiple commits and now you want to create a single Gerrit change that combines them.  Let’s suppose, … LEARN MORE »

GitEye and Interactive Rebase

Introduction As I mentioned in my earlier blog, TeamForge for Gerrit, a Gerrit patch set must be associated with one and only one commit.  In this blog I will talk about how you can commit your work periodically as you work on your change request and later use the interactive rebase feature in GitEye to squash your commits into one commit, and to compose a commit message suitable for Gerrit. The Scenario I have cloned a TeamForge Git repository and configured it for Gerrit as described in my earlier blog.  Also following the steps described in the earlier blog I have created and checked out … LEARN MORE »

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I’ve just returned from the Scrum Gathering put on by the Scrum Alliance in New Orleans. I enjoyed the event quite a lot, New Orleans is a great town, and there was a great deal of information and energy at the sessions I attended. One of the goals I had was to get some education on these agile at scale things such as the Scaled Agile Framework and Disciplined Agile Delivery. I am asked frequently about Scaled Agile Framework in particular, and until attending the gathering I only really knew what I had read about it online. After the gathering? I know more, enough that I … LEARN MORE »

TeamForge for Gerrit- Ready for the Enterprise

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Git, Gerrit and TeamForge In this blog, I will show you how to use GitEye with Gerrit, the most widely used code review and permissions management framework for Git.  Although GitEye will work with any Gerrit server, I will be using TeamForge for Git.  TeamForge extends and wraps Gerrit, adding centralized role-based access control (RBAC) and greatly simplifying management of Gerrit access rights.  It also provides powerful features such as history protection, making Git ready for the enterprise. TeamForge Git Repository Configured for Optional Review TeamForge Role-Based Access Control Clone Repository The first thing I will do is clone my TeamForge Git … LEARN MORE »

Top 7 Benefits of Using a Shared Services Model for Agile and ALM Success

At the end of June I will be speaking at the National Laboratories Information Technology conference in San Francisco . This is a great conference where the brightest minds in the federal technology sector gather to share experiences and knowledge. The focus of my talk is around leveraging the “shared services” model. This has proven very effective for both government agencies and enterprise IT organizations. Specifically, the session will look at the top seven benefits of using a Shared Services Model using a real-life case study of Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia National Laboratories is operated and managed by Sandia Corporation, … LEARN MORE »

Git and Agile Development with CloudForge and TeamForge

Git and Agile Development with CloudForge and TeamForge Platforms In this blog I will show you how to add TeamForge to your free CloudForge project and start taking advantage of the powerful collaboration and development tools that make TeamForge the industry leading Agile application lifecycle management platform.  This blog is intended to be a follow up to my earlier blog, Intro to GitEye and CloudForge.  If you wish to follow along with this blog, it is assumed that you have already installed GitEye, signed up for a free CloudForge account, created a CloudForge project, and added Git to your project.  If not, … LEARN MORE »

Grasping Agility: Why I’ve moved away from Agile Zealotry, and you should too

My introduction to Scrum was when I was working in a support department. Our manager had heard of these marvelous “stand up meetings”, which he proceeded to implement for us. They consisted of the entire department standing up for 20-30 minutes and listening to him talk about a variety of subjects, but mostly just ranting about what we were doing wrong. It wasn’t until years later when I was actually working with real Scrum teams and helping people to both understand the 15 minute timebox on the Standup, and to enforce it, that I realized what it was he had … LEARN MORE »

Grasping Agility: “Done” & the Sisyphusian Condition

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Done. It’s a good feeling to be done with something,  but more than just a good feeling, it’s an essential feeling. The problem with Agile adoption is that getting to truly “done” from wherever we started is often an astonishingly difficult thing to do. For decades software hasn’t needed to actually be done, ever really. Part of this is the nature of software, “finished” is just with a stage, a version, a patch, a piece of the whole larger thing we are building. Software is nearly always going to be Sisyphean. Our initial reaction to this, as an industry, was … LEARN MORE »

Grasping Agility: Agility, Personality and Failure

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I’ve never been much of a blogger. The concept of short but frequent commentaries on subjects causes the perfectionist in me horror.  I hate failing on a deep visceral level. Even my small failures tend to cause me distress for weeks or months after whatever the mistake was. My personality tends to stop me from starting things that may fail, but others deal with failure in other ways. Some try to hide the failure, others deny that a failure is actually a failure and continue to go along without making any sort of correction. In business today my personal preference … LEARN MORE »

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