7 Version Control Best Practices for Developers

In my last post, Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Version Control, I outlined some of the basics of why version control is important. Version control saves versions of code which can then be reused, or in case of issues, applications can be reverted to older working versions. Popular version control solutions used today are Git, Subversion (SVN), Perforce and others. Version Control is vital at the enterprise software development level where you have a vast number of disparate teams. It is an every-day part of the developer’s routine, but also helps organizations achieve some high-level business goals such as increasing …

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Top Agile & DevOps Trends from the 12th Annual State of Agile Report

We are proud to announce the release of the 12th annual State of Agile report! Started by VersionOne in 2007, the report is the largest, longest running, and most widely-cited agile survey. Over the past 12 years, the State of Agile survey has reached thousands of professionals practicing agile around the world – and boy, have we learned a lot! Each year, the findings from the survey enlighten us as to the advancements made in the agile community, as well as the areas where we still need to improve. The data in this year’s report found that organizations are realizing …

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Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Version Control

Let’s be honest, version control isn’t exactly a topic you would bring up at a dinner party to spice up the conversation. Managing file versions and meticulously reviewing code for errors can be a dull subject. In fact, it rarely makes the headlines — even in software development news when there are far more exciting trends to cover like AI or the latest Apple device hitting the market. But much like no one really talks about putting on clean socks in the morning, setting an alarm at night or looking both ways before crossing the street, version control is an …

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Industry Survey Results: What Matters Most for DevOps Value Stream Efficiency

CollabNet reached out to its global audience at the end of last year and conducted an industry survey to learn more about DevOps priorities and the concerns of executive leaders, project managers, engineers and other software development and testing professionals. We asked more than 200 respondents, primarily from Fortune 2000 organizations, a few questions to better understand how we could serve their needs. The questions asked were designed to uncover respondents’ priorities and perceptions regarding the barriers faced when optimizing software delivery value streams. If you’ve followed CollabNet at all in the last few years you should know two very …

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Three Pillars of DevOps Success in 2018

I love the beginning of the year. It is always enjoyable to see people’s predictions for trends in the coming year. Publications like Fortune, CNN Money, Washington Post and the Atlantic speculate about what gadgets and technologies are going to take off in popularity this year, psychics predict which celebrities will have babies and fall in love, and I start to think about trends like DevOps and where the software delivery industry is headed next.CollabNet, Eric Robertson, predicted in an I went back and looked at some DevOps predictions from last year around the same time. I had given a …

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The Push and Pull of Software Delivery: The Case for Kanban

It’s no secret that software is king in every industry today, and it’s more challenging now than ever for organizations to keep up with customer demands. Whether it’s mobile apps, the GPS system in a car or having the ability to buy products with the click of a button, customers are demanding more, quicker and better. And, what is the key to success for any business? Customer satisfaction. With disparate teams and toolchains that sometimes include dozens to hundreds of plugins, it’s no wonder that it is so challenging for businesses today to keep up. However, a tried and true …

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How CollabNet Supports the World’s Most Popular Agile Scaling Methodology: SAFe

Seventy percent of US Fortune 100 companies have SAFe-trained team members involved in the development and delivery of software. It is safe to say (pardon the pun) that the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is permeating our industry. Because it is the most widely implemented method for scaling agile at the enterprise level, it is important we understand exactly why it is helping enterprises and how CollabNet fits into the framework. VersionOne (now CollabNet) has historically worked closely with the minds behind SAFe at Scaled Agile in Boulder, CO. VersionOne has also played a role in shaping the future direction of …

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The Key to Optimizing Value Streams without Increasing Risk

I was recently joined by Diego Lo Giudice from Forrester Research for a CollabNet webinar titled, “Agile + DevOps Success: The Key to Optimizing Value Streams Without Increasing Risk.” Together, we discussed using value streams for success in Agile and DevOps and how enterprises can start leveraging value streams today. We, in the software delivery business, know it’s all about the customer. “Customer obsession,” as Diego says, is the engine driving business today. For digital services, companies must know their customers intimately and be able to predict their behaviors and provide customized experiences. While all of this is great for …

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CollabNet and Forrester Host Complimentary Webinar on Optimizing Value Streams

DevOps. Agile. Continuous Delivery. In today’s fast-paced software delivery world, it can be daunting just to wade through the ocean of buzzwords. While DevOps, Agile and Continuous Delivery are central to our work in the software industry, we believe that there is one process that is really taking center stage: value stream management. Value stream management is a key phrase in the CollabNet vocabulary and is something so vital to business success that we’ve baked it into our products and services. Why is value stream management so critical? It provides visibility, context and pinpoints bottlenecks to combat the challenges of …

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Waterfall Development – Is it Right for You?

Don’t go chasing waterfall … development, that is. According to a recent post by Madison Moore on Medium featuring insights from several software delivery industry leaders, waterfall is – while still popular – not the best way to win in the marketplace. With methodologies like Agile, DevOps and Continuous Delivery becoming ever more prominent over the past 15 years or so, waterfall is old news. Or, is it? Moore cites a recent study by Gartner: “According to Gartner’s IT Key Metrics Data report, the waterfall method as employed on 56% of development efforts in 2015, with iterative methods used in …

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