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  • Q&A on Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise

    by Ben Linders on  Jan 12, 2017

    The book Starting and Scaling DevOps in the Enterprise by Gary Gruver provides a DevOps based approach for continuously improving development and delivery processes in large organizations. It contains suggestions that can be used to optimize the deployment pipeline, release code frequently, and deliver to customers.

  • How Difficult Can It Be to Integrate Software Development Tools? The Hard Truth

    by Betty Zakheim on  Jan 02, 2017

    Integrating tools used in software development and delivery is very hard. Getting endpoints to inter-operate is not a purely technical challenge, it’s more of a business problem. While there are a few choices in selecting the technical integration infrastructure (integration via APIs or at the database layer), the real challenges have more to do with friction caused by the dissimilarities.

  • Elevating Builds into a Container

    by Wes Higbee on  Dec 29, 2016 1

    Automated builds and delivery pipelines are a wonderful thing once they’re operational. But provisioning build agents can be quite painful. It can be greatly simplified by running tools in containers.

Automating the Database: A Win-Win for DBAs and DevOps

Posted by Yaniv Yehuda on  Dec 19, 2016

The key to effective database administration in DevOps initiatives is safe automation and enforced source control for the database, which prevents many errors from reaching the deployment stage.

Book Review: Learn Apache JMeter by Example

Posted by Victor Grazi on  Dec 06, 2016

JMeter is an indispensable tool for testing load and functionality of multi-tiered applications. This book is the manual that should have been included to help surmount the learning curve.

Q&A on the ​Practice of System and Network Administration (3rd Edition)

Posted by Ben Linders on  Nov 28, 2016

The third edition of The Practice of System and Network Administration incorporates developments like DevOps, infrastructure as code, continuous integration, operational excellence and assessments.

Ultimate Kanban: Scaling Agile without Frameworks at Ultimate Software

Posted by Steve Reid Prateek Singh Daniel S. Vacanti on  Nov 27, 2016

Through the innovative use of flow practices and principles Ultimate Software has been able to achieve many of the benefits of a Lean-Agile implementation without the use of a heavyweight framework. 1

Improving Scrum with the Kanban-Ace Framework

Posted by Joseph Hurtado on  Oct 19, 2016

The Kanban-Ace Framework welcomes Scrum, and helps teams improve their level of agility. This article introduces the Akashi Bridge, a new Kanban-Ace tool for Scrum teams. 1

When Feature Flags Go Wrong

Posted by Edith Harbaugh on  Sep 30, 2016

Feature flags can superpower development. But they can also be the worst kind of technical debt when mismanaged. The article tells us some horror stories of feature flags gone bad and lessons learned. 1

Introduction to SQL Server Containers

Posted by Paul Stanton on  Sep 08, 2016

Containers are just around the corner for the Windows community, and this article takes a closer look at using SQL Server containers.

Adaptable or Predictable? Strive for Both – Be Predictably Adaptable!

Posted by Dimitar Bakardzhiev on  Sep 06, 2016

Our efforts to improve software development face the question what to focus on. We can’t be predictable if we are not adaptable. What we really need is to be predictably adaptable.

Continuous Delivery Coding Patterns: Latent-to-Live Code & Forward Compatible Interim Versions

Posted by Luca Minudel on  Sep 02, 2016

Learn two novel practices for continuous delivery to increase speed and reliability of software development and reduce risks: Latent-to-live code pattern and Forward compatible interim versions.

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