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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
Gears: CM architecture 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
Containers: DevOps Beware the Hype around DevOps Technology

The rise of containers and microservices is creating widespread excitement in the DevOps world. But those alluring “simple, lightweight” tools don’t always scale so well. Delivering a business service comes with intrinsic complexity that doesn’t simply evaporate if only you use the right tools. Read on to learn why you should be wary of all the hype.

Andrew Phillips
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
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
Question mark: configuration management Where Did Configuration Management Go?

Amid all the excitement of DevOps, continuous delivery, and the magic of single-push-button deploys, some folks have forgotten the prerequisites. You cannot implement continuous anything without effective configuration management. This article will help you reassess where you are and ensure that you have the basic building blocks in place to ensure success.

Bob Aiello
Blender: Blended IT analytics Smashing the Silos with Blended Analytics

While significant progress has been made in leveraging analytics for better operational insights, today’s IT operations analytics solutions still operate in silos. To really reap the benefits and promise of analytics, IT decision-makers need to break these silos and apply an approach that combines many different major sources of information: blended analytics.

Sasha Gilenson
Clock: ready for go-live Are You Ready for Go-Live? Eight Essential Questions

As real and daunting as scheduling pressures can be, they have to be balanced with the consequences of a potentially disastrous premature go-live. Don’t let all the reasons a system simply "must" be implemented by a target date overwhelm compelling evidence that it is not ready. Consider these eight questions honestly first.

Payson Hall
Flowers blooming: growing configuration management Seven Lessons You Learn When Growing Your Configuration Management

When the number of employees, products, and releases you’re managing grows rapidly, that transformation introduces several challenges—and opportunities—in almost every aspect of configuration management. This article presents the major issues a company may face and the improvements you can make to processes and tools as a result.

Yossi Zinger
Agile Development Conference West logo ADC West 2015 Keynote: Lean UX: Turn User Experience Design Inside Out

When developing products, features, and enhancements, you have to have your customers’ best interests at heart. “We’re not just creating software,” speaker Jeff Patton said. “We’re changing the world.” You need to better understand the people you’re building things for, and the only way to do that is to spend more time with them.

Beth Romanik

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