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The Lost Art of Change Control

Change control exists to review and approve important modifications, but done wrong, you chance confusion, chaos, failures, and outages. Poorly run change control wastes everyone’s time, but far worse is the missed opportunity to assess and manage risk. Here, Bob Aiello gets you up to speed on the lost art of change control.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello
DevOps: The Pathway to Stellar Digital and Business Results

DevOps is the key to unifying technology with business results. Customers abandon apps and sites if their expectations are not met almost instantly, so issues must be resolved earlier in the pipeline before end-users are impacted. This article highlights the need for adopting a DevOps culture and some best practices for doing so.

Martin Etmajer's picture Martin Etmajer
Convention over Configuration: Replace Scripting with New Build Names

Bernie Zelitch writes that his company’s build system scales well because early on, they scrutinized their build naming convention, saw its implications to the build ecosystem, and made radical changes. Their new naming convention takes some getting used to, but once it was fully adopted, it improved economy, flexibility, and functionality.

Bernie Zelitch's picture Bernie Zelitch
Revitalize Your Retrospectives with Gamification

Agile and DevOps teams, which emphasize continuous improvement, can benefit greatly from effective retrospectives. However, retrospectives can get monotonous, and that’s when they become ineffective. Using gamification in your retrospectives brings a completely different dimension of thinking—and even makes the process fun.

Ledalla Madhavi's picture Ledalla Madhavi
How Enterprise Configuration Management Architecture Fits with DevOps

When it comes to DevOps, the fundamentals of CM may be forgotten (erroneously) by some practitioners. DevOps tools can be strategic assets, but they are not as important as established CM standards and process. It's up to us as practitioners to ensure that the DevOps tool chain implementation supports the corporate CM policy.

Dennis Furr's picture Dennis Furr
Beware the Hype around DevOps Technology

The rise of containers and microservices is creating widespread excitement in the DevOps world. But those alluring “simple, lightweight” tools don’t always scale so well. Delivering a business service comes with intrinsic complexity that doesn’t simply evaporate if only you use the right tools. Read on to learn why you should be wary of all the hype.

Andrew Phillips's picture Andrew Phillips
Harnessing the Collective Unconscious to Understand Organizational Culture

Process improvement requires that we understand and influence human behavior by helping people improve the way in which they perform their work. By understanding the organization's collective unconscious, you will be more capable of designing effective process improvement strategies that are aligned with the corporate culture.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs
4 Steps to Successfully Implement Mind Maps in Testing

Mind maps can encourage a new perspective in your test team and promote collaboration. These maps make it easier for colleagues to grasp your work process, your progress, and your understanding of the project. How do you get started? Here are four steps that will help you implement mind maps successfully in your testing efforts.

Mush Honda's picture Mush Honda
Where Did Configuration Management Go?

Amid all the excitement of DevOps, continuous delivery, and the magic of single-push-button deploys, some folks have forgotten the prerequisites. You cannot implement continuous anything without effective configuration management. This article will help you reassess where you are and ensure that you have the basic building blocks in place to ensure success.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello
Smashing the Silos with Blended Analytics

While significant progress has been made in leveraging analytics for better operational insights, today’s IT operations analytics solutions still operate in silos. To really reap the benefits and promise of analytics, IT decision-makers need to break these silos and apply an approach that combines many different major sources of information: blended analytics.

Sasha Gilenson's picture Sasha Gilenson

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