CM Crossroads Recap: ALM Methodologies for Modern Application Delivery

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)

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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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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The Internet of Things (IoT) is Getting Agile

Why engineers and organizations are turning to agile methodologies to build the connected device Every day, every hour, every minute, devices are becoming connected. The Internet of Things (or Iot) has gone from a buzzword floating through the echoes of Silicon Valley to a tangible and quickly advancing movement in the world of hardware. But, like a stone tossed into a pond, the effects of the Internet of Things are quickly rippling outward, causing immense changes to the environment surrounding it. And, as it turns out, the IoT is a rather big stone and it’s making a large splash. The …

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Managers Don’t Have to Hate Agile

Earlier this year Forbes published an article titled “Why Do Managers Hate Agile?”  The author, Steve Denning, builds a case for managers hating Agile due to “management” and “Agile” being defined as two different worlds. It’s like Men are From Mars and Women are from Venus, only we’re talking about the IT world and management and developers, instead of men and women. The article caught my attention for the obvious reason that CollabNet sells products and services to help support Agile development efforts, sparking the question, “Why would managers hate Agile?” In the article, the first world of “Management” is referenced as “The vertical …

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Agile In Action with Cloud Computing

Agile and Cloud computing are how software applications are delivered today. These trends are the result of advances in technology, ranging from increased processing power (which made virtualization a reality), and increased sophistication of storage area networks (which made storage seamlessly scalable), ubiquitous high-bandwidth network access, and the increased security and reliability of the Internet. Agile development processes optimize the opportunity provided by cloud computing by carrying out software releases iteratively and getting user feedback more frequently. With agile development, the application is constantly subject to the reality check of actual users putting it through its paces. As a result, …

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Effective SCM Strategy for the Modern Enterprise

Recently CollabNet published the new whitepaper “Effective SCM Strategy for the Modern Enterprise“, which discusses issues that large companies face when working on their Software Delivery Lifecycle (SDLC) infrastructure. While understanding the requirements for repository management is a major part an enterprise IT strategy, when we talked to our customers and prospects, we noticed an interesting (and somewhat troublesome) trend in how people view SCM technology. The key problem we were seeing is that software configuration management (SCM) is typically viewed as a merely technical issue. Business stakeholders often completely rely on the technical experts – users of the SCM …

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Removing Barriers To Scaling Agile Adoption: An Introduction

When Agile software development practices are introduced into an organization, they often spread faster than they can be controlled. Without a clearly defined standard to guide your implementation, numerous Agile management approaches can emerge simultaneously—sometimes in direct conflict with one another. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but traditional, top-down management structures typically experience some growing pains as they transition to the more egalitarian Agile approach. As an executive, how do you embrace Agile yet mitigate risks in scaling technology, people and processes? This blog series attempts to answer that question and offer a road map to scale Agile adoption …

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CloudForge’s Improved Subversion Service

The Backstory Since joining the CloudForge Development team within CollabNet nearly a year ago, several of my colleagues and I have been primarily focused on delivering improvements to the scalability and reliability of the CloudForge improved Subversion service.  With tens of terabytes of live Subversion repository data being generated and used by tens of thousands of our customers, even the smallest improvements we make to the service have a pretty big impact. CloudForge was built on a strong Subversion architecture, but over the years the ever-growing number of customers put a strain on the platform.  In the original architecture, customers (organizations) were …

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