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Value Proposition Cards

A common problem in the world of software development is bringing Technical Debt to the forefront so that organizations can clearly see why they need to make the move towards Agile and DevOps. The issue is, how do we get

Posted in agile, best practices, DevOps, kanban, SAFe, scrum, XP

Explaining Adjustments Costs in DevOps

Coaching a DevOps implementation is a challenging proposition for a number of reasons. One of these reasons is not only getting the business side to buy in, but to keep them on board throughout the entire journey. The truth is

Posted in agile, DevOps, Uncategorized

Hidden Constraints/Process Improvements in Value Stream Mapping and Theory of Constraints

One of the starting points with any organization looking to start the DevOps journey or even just looking for process improvement is to create a current and future state Value Stream Map or apply the Theory of Constraints. The concept

Posted in agile, best practices, DevOps, kanban, SAFe, scrum, testing, XP

QA, DevOps is an Opportunity not a Threat

If you look around most QA message boards you still see the topic of automated testing versus manual testing being debated over and over. I am not going to get into this debate because I believe the overwhelming evidence, industry

Posted in agile, DevOps, testing, Uncategorized

Get a Good ‘Work-Out’ in DevOps

The idea of including everyone in the process of improvement is one of the key principles of TQM, Lean and now DevOps. There are numerous ways being suggested in DevOps articles, blogs and books to involve everyone and create a

Posted in agile, best practices, DevOps, Uncategorized

Incorporating Andon Cord in DevOps

Andon Cord is a Lean manufacturing principle and tool used to notify management, maintenance, and other workers of a quality or process problem. The concept revolves around a device incorporating signal lights to indicate which assembly line workstation has a

Posted in agile, DevOps

DevOps and the Theory of Constraints

As the DevOps movement has started to take hold in the software development industry, one of the great benefits of this is that individuals are starting to become aware of tried and true Lean Manufacturing and TQM practices. Having received

Posted in agile, best practices, continuous integration, DevOps, kanban, Uncategorized

DevOps, getting that old Deja vu feeling

While recently putting together an Intro to DevOps presentation for an upcoming meetup, I couldn’t get over this feeling of déjà vu as I put the presentation together. As I reviewed the presentation over and over I kept trying to

Posted in agile, best practices, continuous integration, testing

The “Killer Dozen” Automation Implementation Killers – CI/CD/DevOps

Many organizations today are moving towards automated testing for the right reasons, but unfortunately the vast majority experience a spectacular failure. Often at Meetups or talking to potential customers who have failed at one or more automation implementations, I continue

Posted in agile, ATDD, automation, BDD, best practices, continuous integration, selenium, TDD, testing

The “Killer Dozen” Automation Implementation Killers – Sorry, QA does not own Automation

Many organizations today are moving towards automated testing for the right reasons, but unfortunately the vast majority experience a spectacular failure. Often at Meetups or talking to potential customers who have failed at one or more automation implementations, I continue

Posted in agile, ATDD, automation, BDD, best practices, continuous integration, selenium, TDD, testing

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