configuration management


Creating a Lean Six Sigma Pull System Creating a Lean Six Sigma Pull System

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.

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The Importance of Software Safety The Importance of Software Safety

Software impacts our world in many important ways. Almost everything that we touch, from the beginning to the end of our day, relies upon software. Bob Aiello explains the importance of software safety for configuration managers. Remember, software safety requires that systems be built and configured in a secure and reliable way.

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The Technology behind Rich Internet Applications The Technology behind Rich Internet Applications

Alejandro Felipe writes on the technology behind rich internet applications (RIA) in service-oriented architecture (SOA). With this knowledge, you'll be better able to build and support web applications using technologies such as Ajax and JavaScript and development frameworks, including BackBone Router and Model View Controller (MVC).

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Making Best Practices a Reality Making Best Practices a Reality

Almost any description of a job involving software configuration management—or more generally, application lifecycle management—will include the words “best practices.” Kareen Kircher writes on how to make best practices a reality for your work. The five ingredients to making successful changes happen are relationship, timing, automation, pertinent documentation, and refining.

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Why You Cannot Afford to Overlook Environment Management Why You Cannot Afford to Overlook Environment Management

Environment management is an essential function in any complex, mission-critical system. Unfortunately, environment management is often overlooked and, even when addressed, usually only handled in the simplest way. Keeping an eye on your environment is actually one of the most important functions for IT operations. Bob Aiello explains how to get started with environment management.

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From One Expert to Another: Steve Berczuk From One Expert to Another: Steve Berczuk

Steve Berczuk is a software developer, writer, and experienced practitioner of software configuration management (SCM) and agile software development. He is a co-author of the book Software Configuration Management Patterns: Effective Teamwork, Practical Integration, contributed to the book 97 Things Every Programmer Should Know. Last year, he interviewed Dan Wellman about test-driven development. In this installment of From One Expert to Another, it’s Dan’s turn to interview Steve about the ins and outs of SCM.

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Are Personality Issues Leading to Anxiety and Dysfunctional Ops? Are Personality Issues Leading to Anxiety and Dysfunctional Ops?

The root cause of bad service may have much to do with a personality trait known as anxiety and the often-dysfunctional defense mechanisms people resort to in an attempt to deal with its discomfort. If you want your IT operations group to be successful, then you need to consider the personality issues—at both the individual and group levels—that may impact their performance and your success.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs
Eight Mistakes that Prevent DevOps Success Eight Mistakes that Prevent DevOps Success

DevOps is more than just a buzzword; it’s about delivering value to customers faster and more reliably. Jonathan Thorpe explains eight mistakes that can dramatically increase cycle time and slow the flow of releases to customers, which is counter to the goals of DevOps.

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Descrambling Parallel Build Logs

One of GNU make's many features allows you to shorten build times by running more than one command at a time. If your dependencies are all correct, or nearly correct, this can give you a significant improvement, and since it's built into the tool you get it "for free." But GNU make's parallel build feature—often called "dash j mode," after the command-line option that is used to enable it—is not without drawbacks. The worst of these is that GNU make parallel builds can produce incorrect results if the build dependencies are not sufficiently correct.

Eric Melski
Guidelines for Building a Monolithic Release Management System

The release management system is an important component of the service-transition process. This article highlights the importance of building a monolithic release management system, which encompasses all of the functions and processes necessary to support application build, package, and deployment. The monolithic release management is holistic, comprehensive, and based upon industry best practices. These guidelines are applicable for any type of organization or projects of any size.

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