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Game pieces: gamification 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
Shared idea in a group 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
Testing mind map 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
Cultures of Continuous Improvement How Courageous Leaders Create Cultures of Continuous Improvement

The success of your organization is dependent on the courage of your leaders. Until you confront your collective fears, you will never get down to the true root cause of many of your problems, and they will persist in preventing you from succeeding. Read on to discover how to confront five common fears that may be holding you back from continuous improvement.

Joakim Ahlstrom's picture Joakim Ahlstrom
Boost Your DevOps Testing Efforts How to Use Mind Maps to Boost Your DevOps Testing Efforts

Mind maps have several applications, but few QA teams are aware of their usefulness when applied to testing software. Visual, fun to play with, and free to use, mind maps can spur creativity and group collaboration. This article helps explain how to use mind maps to organize your testing efforts, supporting the rapid rate of delivery inherent in a successful DevOps organization.

Mush Honda's picture Mush Honda
DevOps Team Finding a Balance of Power on a DevOps Team

There is a natural tension between development and operations. When this relationship is in balance, each side helps the other. But when there is imbalance, bad things can happen. Leslie Sachs details the pitfalls that can sabotage a DevOps team, as well as the checks and balances that will help the team achieve productivity and quality.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs
Useful Software Tool DevOps: A Useful Software Tool or an Overrated Fad?

While DevOps provides organizations with an opportunity to transform and make their IT services more efficient, it remains to be seen how far DevOps will be successful in empowering digital transformation. Getting the right balance in development and operations will be critical in this process.

Renjitha Balkrishan's picture Renjitha Balkrishan
Gateway to Quality A Gateway to Quality Builds and Keeping the Release Branch Green

Eitan Schichmanter’s team evolved its development process from a focus on build management to a more robust DevOps transformation, and they designed a custom gated check-in system to help. He shares how they tackled challenges and created an internal solution to address an important technical requirement.

Eitan Schichmanter's picture Eitan Schichmanter
Communication and Culture Communication and Culture

Communication styles vary significantly from one person to another, due to personal tendencies and cultural influences. Keeping this in mind is especially important these days, with so much global connectivity. The DevOps transformation compels us to revisit the way we manage communication and culture and be mindful of our interactions with coworkers.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs
Benefits of DevOps Survey Results: Businesses Reap the Benefits of DevOps Practices

According to a global DevOps survey conducted by Rackspace, DevOps adoption is becoming more widespread and companies are beginning to see real and measurable business benefits from doing DevOps. However, resistance to establishing a new practice is to be expected. This article examines how to get companywide buy-in and get started on the road to DevOps.

Prashanth Chandrasekar's picture Prashanth Chandrasekar

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