CollabNet and VersionOne: The Significance of DevOps for the Enterprise

By now you’ve heard about the CollabNet and VersionOne merger. The new CollabNet is set to offer complete Enterprise Agile, ALM Collaboration, Version Control and DevOps solutions that expedite the speed and improve the quality of application development and delivery efforts for organizations across all sectors. In fact, the well-known industry expert, Diego Lo Giudice Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester, had this to write about the benefits Agile and DevOps can offer, “In the past, faster delivery meant lower quality and higher risk. Leading organizations have shown that applying Agile and DevOps practices enable faster delivery, higher quality, and lower …

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Our Government’s ‘Digital Services Playbook’ Is Leading the Growth in Public/Private Sectors

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Executive Viewpoint   Last year I read an article in the Federal technology publication FCW that talked about the President’s 2016 spending plan and how much of the focus is on the improvement of digital services. Overall, the IT spending budget is $86.4 billion and $105 million of that is slated to expand the U.S. Digital Service, the tech IT services group that was established in 2014 and is headed by Mikey Dickerson, a Google veteran. When President Barack Obama announced the U.S. Digital Service, he said, “I want us to ask ourselves every day, how are we using technology …

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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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Three Prerequisites for Jumping on the DevOps Bandwagon

The recent article on www.devops.com by CollabNet’s Kartik Raghavan outlines three key prerequisites IT organizations should consider before embarking on its DevOps journey. The DevOps.com site offers a wide range of great content focused on DevOps, and how it is emerging as the new “Agile” for effective software delivery. Kartik rightfully points out that, 1) alignment around organizational commitment, 2) using automation with discipline, and 3) having the right tools and infrastructure, are key elements of success. He also points out how DevOps is not just a plug-and-play proposition, but a strategic commitment that takes fortitude and stamina to achieve.  …

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Assessing Your Enterprise Agility

I’ve often felt that CollabNet has been at the forefront of paradigm shifts in the software industry. We founded Subversion, and then spent years driving its development and taking it to market.  Along the way, we added Subversion to our open ALM platform, becoming the leader in combining it with other open source (Git, Gerrit, Jenkins, Nexus, and more) development tools to the enterprise. Ultimately, we were the first to bring cloud-based approaches to large-scale, distributed software development. And, due to the “any tool, any process” nature of our TeamForge ALM platform, we have been hosting Agile initiatives and enabling …

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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. …

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Agile at Scale for only 3 easy installments of $19.99! Guaranteed!

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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 …

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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, …

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Introduction to GitEye Graphical UI and CloudForge

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In this blog I will introduce you to the collaborative cloud development platform CloudForge.  As you will see, signing up for a free account is easy.  In just a few minutes you can be hosting your Git or Subversion repositories on CloudForge, as well as provisioning your other favorite development tools. TeamForge, the industry leading Agile application lifecycle management platform, is available as part of your free CloudForge project.  Using the TeamForge tracker, you can define and track all your work items such as business requirements, user stories, tasks, issues and bugs.  To manage your backlogs and establish release and sprint plans, …

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