Playing a Part in Transforming Federal IT

The underlying foundation for developing quality software applications in the government sector The White House recently convened with 17 high-profile tech leaders to discuss ways to “transform and modernize” federal IT. The “American Technology Council,” aims to push government IT into the modern era with issues like cybersecurity as a top priority. The leader of the council, Jared Kushner, says government IT is outdated—some federal systems are 39 to 56 years old and that in some instances, the Department of Defense still uses floppy disks. Many of us have noticed the differences between digital experiences with private companies vs. government …

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Talking DevOps Culture, Process and Security with Ian Murphy from Enterprise Times

CollabNet had the pleasure of welcoming Ian Murphy from Enterprise Times to our offices earlier this year for a chat about DevOps. We sat down together and discussed how businesses are creating software today, and how they are organizing teams to deliver the most value to customers. Ian had excellent questions for me about the maturity of the DevOps market and automation of processes, trends in organizational structure and the importance of security in software development—among many other topics. While many organizations are getting by with traditional siloed development methods, the potential that comes with adapting processes and teams using …

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Why FinServ Software Delivery Is Ripe for Value Stream Management

(Contributed by Mr. Marco Morales who is the director of global solutions for digital transformation products at CollabNet.)     As you’ve probably seen, CollabNet has been all around the globe in the last few months meeting with IT decision makers and managers to discuss Value Stream Management for software delivery. We hosted a number of half-day seminars in cities like Paris, Los Angeles, Seattle and Berlin and were pleased to see this topic—improving software delivery through Value Stream Mapping (VSM)—really resonates with IT leaders at large organizations.  Many of them are familiar with VSM as a Lean Management method. Yet they …

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Couldn’t Join the #DevOpsValueStream CrowdChat with Forrester Analyst Diego Lo Giudice? Here’s What you Missed!

Just recently Eric Robertson, VP of DevOps Product Engineering and Management at CollabNet and Forrester analyst Diego Lo Giudice hosted a live CrowdChat to discuss DevOps Value Streams. CrowdChat makes community discussions around particular topics easy to host. Chats can be accessed via your own LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook. Chat topics are organized by hashtags. The hashtag of our latest CrowdChat was #DevOpsValueStreams. Diego, Eric and other members of the CollabNet and software delivery community contributed to the conversation with thoughts, questions, comments and lively debate. The live chat received more than 550 views in one hour, and covered topics …

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The Future of Agile: SD Times Recap

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It’s been 15 years since the Agile Manifesto was published, and Agile methodologies have proven to be an effective set of guiding principles in modern software delivery since then. But despite the successes, many are wondering: where does Agile go from here? That’s the subject of a recent SD Times article entitled, Where does agile go from here, in which several Analysts from Gartner and Forrester, along with execs within the industry shared thoughts on the future of Agile and how we as an industry can continue to grow. I am honored to be one of the executives interviewed, and …

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CM Crossroads Recap: ALM Methodologies for Modern Application Delivery

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This week, Transparency Market Research announced a research report projecting that the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) market will reach $4.39 billion in revenue by 2023. The report, which provides in-depth analysis of the prevalent trends and technologies in the ALM market worldwide, argues that “the integration of ALM is necessary” for businesses to develop the best virtual methods for different phases of the software application process and cites increased efficiency, agility and resource utilization as some of the key benefits of the process. Knowing the growing importance of ALM tools, I wrote an article for CM Crossroads that published last …

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“How to Improve Productivity with Agile Methodologies” (CIO.com Article Recap)

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Many in the industry are searching for new ways to increase productivity and efficiency with Agile approaches to software development.  That’s the theme of a new article on CIO.com by Bruce Harpham, who details the many benefits of Agile methodologies in software development and examines key considerations for implementing the practice. Our very own Scott Rose spoke with Bruce on the topic and discussed the ways organizations can employ Agile practices among a global team, where face-to-face is not feasible. While Bruce notes that face-to-face interaction is a key element to increased productivity within agile, it’s not always possible with the …

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Five Hard Truths about Agile Development

There’s no denying the positive and disruptive impact of Agile software development practices. For nearly 15 years, the industry has worked to improve tooling and processes to meet the insatiable appetite customers and organizations have for quality software. It started as small teams within small organizations, then teams-of-teams, and now large enterprise-wide implementation – making Agile clearly mainstream and the predominant method for building and deploying software. However, great efforts bring challenges – and it holds true with Agile. The following are five hard truths about Agile development and how to avoid pitfalls that can slow the realized benefits of …

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Distributed or Centralized Development?

  For most enterprises, it’s not a question of or but and Over the past several years, organizations have been affected by new market disruptions that were hard to foresee a decade ago. This is especially true when it comes to the Software Configuration Management (SCM) landscape. Today’s IT organizations must address and manage many new software delivery paradigms, including decentralized development teams, increased use of short-term and remote workforces and greater concerns over intellectual property protection. The combination of these seemingly unrelated forces has created several unique technology and business challenges for enterprise development organizations. Hybrid and Mixed Development …

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Scaled Agile to DevOps

Many people and companies have talked about Scaling Agile to DevOps and have tried adopting this approach to software development at different scales. While many companies have been successful in adopting the technique, only a few have been able to scale. The term DevOps (Development + Operations) was born around 2008 when some used the term to describe “Agile Infrastructure”. But ever since then, the two terms “Agile” and “DevOps” have been used selectively, either together or separately. In recent years some companies have successfully mastered Agile Execution at scale, making DevOps a hot new topic on every CIO’s list. …

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