Software companies with tight-knit agile and robust release management practices have a significant competitive advantage. To realize this advantage, an organization must first optimize its release management process and identify the most appropriate platform and release management tools. In this article, Surinderpal Kumar explains three major software release management trends every software development organization can benefit from.
While source code version control has been a staple of basic software configuration management (SCM) in most development projects for decades, databases have been largely ignored. Implementing SCM principles in database development gives objects protection and enables the automation of database deployments. Software can help to facilitate these processes, but database SCM practices should be instilled from the top of the development organization in order to ensure optimal benefits.
Software development can often be a very complex endeavor, so it is no wonder that important details can sometimes get lost in the process. Here, Bob Aiello discusses how to implement configuration management (CM) and traceability in a practical and realistic way.
Capital projects inherently involve integrating the work of numerous subcontractors for the on-time delivery of hundreds of facility systems and millions of project deliverables. If your company is involved in any of the lifecycle stages of a process facility, this article will help you learn some of the current pitfalls.
Uday Kumar examines some of the key drivers for software development companies marching toward cloud-hosting solutions. Change is the only constant. While technologies will keep evolving to help us overcome challenges, there, of course, will be new and emerging challenges.
While we know the technology, some configuration management (CM) experts don’t always have a strong enough business focus, which can be a real problem. Read on if you would like to understand what CM professionals need to know about business requirements and how CM can directly impact the business itself.
Leslie Sachs explains what to do when members of your team exhibit overly aggressive or downright combative behaviors. Because you’re unlikely to change your colleagues' modus operandi, it is wise to instead consider how your DevOps effort can benefit from taking into account some typical behaviors of people with Type A or Type B personalities.
Bob Aiello describes some of the essential techniques necessary to ensure that systems can be upgraded and supported while enabling the business through frequent and continuous delivery of new system features.
The “look and feel” of good design is critical for many of today’s interactive and web-based systems. Carl Singer writes on configuration management's role in producing a quality product with good design in mind. CM practitioners—including build, release, and deployment engineers—are in a unique position to understand how the entire system is constructed and implemented.
Lean Six Sigma is a leadership methodology that significantly improves process quality, speed, costs, and agility. One of the concepts applied is called a pull system, and in this article Steven Bonacorsi explains how to design one for your process. Doing so will help you to stabilize a process flow into a predictable work control system.