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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“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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Why Your Enterprise Needs a Git Strategy (Part 1)

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A governed adoption of Git can help speed up software development, while ensuring the security of source code. In the first of a two-part blog series we assess the status of Git in the enterprise and discuss major challenges to its adoption. Git is the world’s leading distributed source code management (SCM) system. In a recent CollabNet survey, 87% of the 838 respondents polled indicated that their enterprises either already use or have plans to deploy Git. With its flexibility, speed, and powerful branching and merging capabilities, Git represents an opportunity for global enterprises to drive productivity and accelerate application …

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Integrated Development Tool-Chains = High Velocity, Visibility, and Quality

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In today’s market, software development organizations find themselves racing against time. Enterprises are opting for best-of-breed—rather than single-vendor—solutions, requiring the ability to create a fully integrated development tool-chain, critical to enabling higher velocity, CI/CD, and DevOps. Their ability to compete often hinges on how fast they can deliver applications to customers with ever-increasing demands for quality and innovative features. Many software vendors adopt Agile methodologies and implement continuous integration (CI), continuous delivery (CD), and DevOps to expedite time to market. Automation becomes key, as do thorough testing and quality control. Contrary to a collection of standalone or poorly connected tools, …

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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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So You Want to Centralize?

“7 Steps to Centralize Your Enterprise” So you want to centralize your enterprise? Smart choice – but it’s important to take some factors into consideration if you want to have success. Developers need to ensure representation from each geographic location; understand current development processes and tools; and comprehend the biggest challenges. Furthermore, you need to be aware of, and sensitive to, your project teams’ preferences for existing tools and aversion to change. Before we get started into our list of the “7 Steps to Start Centralization,” let’s tackle the question you are probably asking – “What is centralization, anyway?” Centralization …

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10 Things You Should Know About Git Replication in the Enterprise

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1. Git is distributed, isn’t replication a concept for centralized version control systems? You’re right, Git is a distributed version control system. However, most enterprises require their developers to synch their local work with central, “blessed” repositories. Those central synch points make sure no work is lost if a laptop gets stolen or damaged and developers only have to only know one place where they have to go to learn about their colleagues’ work results. The same applies to build/CI servers like Jenkins that will monitor and pull the latest source code from the blessed repository as well. Consequently, most …

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Stash your Trash – Keep GIT clean with Gerrit 2.10

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Garbage collection is really important, not just in the real world but also within your Git repositories. If you have lots of development activities going on, chances are very high that your Git clone and push operations will get slower and slower. Fortunately, the cure is simple: Run git garbage collection (git gc). We have seen examples where running gc cut clone and push times by more than 99 percent. Same goes for code browsing activities as well – Run git gc and list your branches online within milliseconds instead of seconds again. If Git garbage collection has so many …

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Bulletproof, Military Grade Security – Visualizing the Access Control Mechanisms of Your SCM Solution

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Why visualize? Access control is probably not the most sexy or intuitive part of any SCM (source code management) solution. However, understanding how access control mechanisms work is crucial for any enterprise that has to protect its intellectual property. What makes things tricky is that any SCM solution on the planet claims to have proper, powerful, “military grade”, “bulletproof” access controls in place. Looking at the specifics, there are huge differences that can give you a competitive business advantage (or disadvantage). A framework that helps you to visualize the differences in the fine print is a way better approach to …

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Feature Hat-trick: Three new Git features for TeamForge in a week

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The rule of three The rule of three also seems to apply to new TeamForge Git features. Last week, I blogged about the top three Git features coming with the new TeamForge 8.0 release.  In the same post, I already announced that another three Git features will be released immediately after the launch, so let’s inspect how this hat-trick looks like.   1. Assign an entire TeamForge Team to a Code Review with One click TeamForge 8.0 introduced teams as a native concept. If you like to add all team members to a Gerrit change (Git Code Review) at once, you can …

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