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Thinking Critically about Software Development BSC West 2015 Keynote: Better Thinking for Better Software: Thinking Critically about Software Development

Software developer Laurent Bossavit delivered the second keynote presentation, about why we need to think more critically about software development. He began his presentation by saying his intention was to make you question what you know—or what you think you know.

Beth Romanik's picture Beth Romanik
Enough about Process, Let’s Use Patterns
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When new developers and testers join the company, we want them to learn the “way we do software here.” So we give them the “stone tablets”―the volumes of process documentation― to study. However, the problem is that the details in this documentation are primarily for beginners and don’t...

Paul E. McMahon, PEM Systems
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
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
Continuous Improvement Culture The Five Paradoxes of Creating a Continuous Improvement Culture

The ability to stay competitive by adjusting, adopting, and continuously improving is essential to survive in the business world of today. But there are a few common challenges where your intuitive responses actually prevent you from succeeding. Keep these five paradoxes in mind during your DevOps continuous improvement journey.

Joakim Ahlstrom's picture Joakim Ahlstrom
Real-Time Test Analysis Why Continuous Delivery Is Nothing without Real-Time Test Analysis

Pushing frequent releases of high-quality software to customers is beneficial for everyone. But setting up a continuous delivery pipeline is about more than speed. How do you ensure that things don’t start breaking all over the place? Viktor Clerc shares some real-world methods of accurately measuring quality and building it into the pipeline.

Viktor Clerc's picture Viktor Clerc
Automation Opportunities Automation Opportunities in Agile Release Management

In modern software development, changes to the code base of a project occur quickly as a result of high levels of end-user feedback and shifting needs. Agile has become an increasingly important software development lifecycle management methodology, and using automation to manage a code repository allows continuous integration to take center stage without imposing costs due to human error.

Sujit Kumar's picture Sujit Kumar
DevOps Maturity Model Defining What’s Really Important in a DevOps Maturity Model

There is a lot more to DevOps than just single push-button deploys. While a DevOps maturity model can help measure where you are now and indicate where you need to get to as part of the DevOps transformation, it can be more useful to focus on the capabilities you need to measure: timely deployment and secure, reliable systems.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello
Lean and Agile Lean and Agile Principles in Software Development

Agile software development methodologies grew out of lean principles pioneered in business and industry over the past seventy years, and they are now often referred to as lean’s digital counterpart. By better understanding the philosophy behind lean, developers can gain insight into agile and its uses and pitfalls, making the most of its practice for their team.

Uday Kumar's picture Uday Kumar

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