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Deploy Automated Testing to Create Better Software

Receiving feedback on your testing results should yield dividends in quality. And the sooner you get that feedback, the quicker you can start seeing improved and consistent quality and faster time to market. So the question becomes, why wait to jump on the automated testing bandwagon?

Viktor Clerc's picture Viktor Clerc
Critical Questions to Ask When Choosing a Third-Party API

This article exposes the risks and hidden costs involved in the seemingly innocent decision of which third-party APIs to use to gather and report data, offload critical functionality, and save implementation time. It addresses some typical reasons the decision-making process over third-party use is overlooked, as well as how to make good choices confidently and consistently.

Paul Bruce's picture Paul Bruce
Go Bimodal in Your Enterprise: Stop Shaving the Yak!

Going bimodal refers to an enterprise supporting two modes of operation: the first, the stable mode, is the secure, robust, reliable one you already know. The second, the agile mode, is a fast path that exists alongside the first and allows you to get results done quickly and without much fuss while not compromising the integrity of your IT.

Zeev Avidan's picture Zeev Avidan
Simplifying Your Software Code Audit

Software code audits can be arduous and time-consuming, as today’s software projects use a mix of proprietary, commercial, and open source software. This article outlines a number of methods to simplify and streamline your audit process and understand the best practices in organizing, documenting, labeling, tracking, and managing open source and third-party content brought into software portfolios.

Kate  Andreeva's picture Kate Andreeva
Disrupting Dysfunctional Behavior with DevOps

IT leaders need to creatively confront operations and development when they are not working together effectively. DevOps enables new, innovative approaches to communication and collaboration that can be considered disruptive—but sometimes, shaking things up is the most critical step in the journey to adopting better behaviors and interactions.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs
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


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