What is DevOps?

Here is a good article on the five key practices for what IBM considers DevOps. They are:

Plan, Track, and Version Everything
Dashboard Everything (my personal favorite, I am a big believer in transparency)
Automate Everything
Test Everything
Monitor and Audit Everything

Check out article for more details

Dan Toczala's Blog

Recently I took over as the manager of the Emerging Technologies team at IBM/Rational.  One of the Emerging Technologies that my team is supposed to focus on is the area of DevOps.  So now I have a small team that is focused on DevOps.  But what in the world is DevOps?  I thought that I knew what it was, but I figured that I would do a quick experiment to improve my understanding.  I decided to ask several different people for their definition of DevOps.  Surprise!!  I got back about as many different answers as people that I  asked.  (OK, I wasn’t surprised, but that is why I did the experiment in the first place)

“Big deal”, you may be thinking, “all you have done is to state the obvious”.  But the more that I thought about it, the more that it bothered me.  The goal of my team is…

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Jazz Moves – Learning the basic steps

Nice article on Blue Mix

Dan Toczala's Blog

Recently I have been getting a lot of email requests from people asking if they can do something “non-standard” with Jazz.  I am going to answer your questions, but I am also gong to tell you WHY you get the answers that you do from our experts.  Here is a sanitized example of a recent email:

Hi Daniel
My name is John Doe. I saw that you wrote an article on the CLM deployment wiki 
on Jazz.net. I have a question that you may be able to help with.
A customer is deploying CLM 5.0 with Oracle and they have a standard practice of creating a single "temp" tablespace for a set of applications like our CLM suite. Will everything in the CLM suite function correctly if all four CLM apps use the same "temp" tablespace or is it necessary for each app to have its own temp tablespace as…

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What is Disciplined Agile

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) is a agile process decision framework is that it promotes a full, end-to-end, solution delivery lifecycle. It has a three-phase lifecycle where team incrementally define, build and deliver a potentially shippable increment, or a consumable solution,  incrementally over time.



Scott Ambler has identified four lifecycles based on different circumstances. They are:

  • Basic/Scrum-based lifecycle
  • Advanced/Lean lifecycle
  • Continuous Delivery/DevOps lifecycle
  • Exploratory/Lean Startup lifecycle

All assume that the lifecycle can be divided into three phases:

  1. Inception. or initiation iteration where the majority of teams up front work is done. As Scott points out, in many cases the Inception phase may span more than 1 iteration so shouldn’t be mistakenly as Sprint/Iteration 0.
  2. Construction. During this phase, the majority of the software “construction” is done by the team. Assumes each iteration the team will produce a potentially consumable solution. Depending on the project needs, different iteration approaches may be used such as: lean, continuous flow approach, iterations. 
  3. Transition. This phase is used to address the needs of larger teams where deploying the solution is often a trivial exercise. 

For more information see Scott’s blog here


Recently read a really good article on managing requirements for large programs that I thought you might like. 

Managing Requirement Dependencies Between Agile Teams 

by Scott W. Ambler,

Although we strive to avoid functional dependencies between requirements, the fact is that they occur in practice.  They certainly occur between requirements that are being addressed by a single team and they will even occur between requirements being addressed by different development teams.  This is particularly true between the subteams within a program (a large development team organized into a “team of teams”)….

Check it out



Scaling Agile – How Organizations are really doing it. Or Not…

Updated post based on presentation I delivered at recent 2014 IBM Innovate conference.

Reedy Feggins Jr

Updated post based on presentation I delivered at recent 2014 IBM Innovate conference. Here is the link to the actual presentation, click here.

Agile Practices.   What is SAFe?

The Scaled Agile Framework® (pronounced SAFe™) is an interactive knowledge base for implementing agile practices at enterprise scale. SAFe provides organizations with a set of best practices, artifacts and suggested tooling necessary to scale agile from the team to program to the portfolio level. SAFe** aims to address some of the concern that many have had with other Agile methodologies such as Scrum when attempting to scale. Created by Dean Leffingwell, SAFe has been successfully adopted by a number of large organizations internationally, click link to some of their case studies

Over the last 4 or 5 years, I have had a fair bit of experience helping organizations scale agile, see blog post from 2011 on Scaling Agile –…

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