Author: Simon King

Aligning IT teams with business outcomes

Idea to Delivery: 3 Ways to Align IT Teams With Business Outcomes

Business is demanding better, faster delivery of value from IT so it can compete in a market that’s moving at breakneck speed. How can IT accelerate business outcomes if it’s taking nine months to complete projects? First and most important, align IT teams with business goals: acquire new customers, retain current customers, and boost revenue. […]

April 28th, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Enterprise Software Testing

Why Your Enterprise Software Testing is Failing and How to Fix It

Do you feel like everyone thinks your software testing team is the bottleneck slowing down development and delivery? Sixty-four percent of testers say time spent on side tasks and not doing actual testing is challenging. Here are the reasons your enterprise testing is failing and how to fix it. Poor Software Testing Productivity Release cycles […]

April 13th, 2017  |  Published in Test Case Management

Lean-Release-Management

How to Weave Lean Thinking Into Your Release Management for Predictable Delivery

“The core idea of Lean is to maximize customer value.” Lean Enterprise Institute What is Lean? Businesses are being driven up against the wall by continual industry disruption. Many are fighting back by adopting Lean as a means to support business transformation. The aim is simple: create more value for customers with fewer resources. Lean […]

April 12th, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Predictable software testing

Measure, Learn, Improve: A Master Plan to Control Software Testing Predictability

Are you tired of slipping deadlines and missing commitments? Do you feel like the consistency of Software Testing is out of your control? Here is how to improve the predictability of software testing across multiple teams and projects. Enable Consistent Practices, Processes, and Tools The foundation of enterprise software testing predictability is built on consistent […]

April 11th, 2017  |  Published in Test Case Management

Agile, enterprise release management

It’s Not About Agile Release Planning – it’s About Enterprise Release Agility

That’s not a fancy twist on a popular approach in IT. This post is about untangling the mess Agile Release Planning has become. We’re living in an age where we’re chasing the latest buzzwords and trends. We hardly slow down to look at the path we’ve covered to see if we’ve improved or not. It’s […]

April 10th, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management

Agile Release Management

It’s Time to Tear Down Silos for Agile Release Management

To make sure we’re on the same page, let’s start by defining what we mean by a silo. “They are nothing more than barriers… between departments… causing people… to work against each other.”  Patrick Lencioni in Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars Thanks to the work of Lencioni we have a good framework for understanding the […]

March 21st, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management

Post Implementation Reviews (PIR)

6 Proactive Measures of Enterprise Software Testing Progress

Do you feel like you are always reacting to fire drills? Do you know how your teams are progressing, how they should be progressing, or why there is a deviation? It is difficult to resolve impediments and risks if you don’t have insight into your teams’ progress. Here are six measures of enterprise software testing […]

March 16th, 2017  |  Published in Test Case Management

Release Risk

The Biggest Reason Your Release Risk is Going Up, and What to do About it

Rising costs. Delays. Failed deployments. Outages. Your risk is increasing and you’re scrambling to figure out why. The trigger is a lack of visibility. And it is the single biggest reason your release risk is going up for dev, for ops, and for the business.

March 15th, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management

Guide to Planning Successful Releases

The Ultimate Step-by-Step Guide to Planning Successful Releases

If you want to meet your commitments to the business, you need to improve testing predictability and forecast accuracy. From status quo review to the measurement of metrics, the ten steps outlined in this guide will help you implement watertight releases and achieve your goals.

March 15th, 2017  |  Published in Release Management

Release Reviews

Are Release Reviews Holding Your Projects Back?

Are project intake management and portfolio prioritization draining your resources?  Are you sick of sorting through project updates and sharing slides? Are you spending endless hours in release meetings with no clear decisions? You probably reminisce the good old days when one team of developers wrote the code, ran a couple of quick test cycles, […]

March 2nd, 2017  |  Published in Release Management

Improving Software Testing Communication

Top 10 Tips for Improving Software Testing Communication

Do you spend too much time sitting in meetings providing or receiving status updates? Does your testing team receive a ton of emails and calls and meeting invites? Does your team provide a ton of detail to stakeholders, but they still don’t seem to be on the same page? Here are ten tips for improving […]

March 2nd, 2017  |  Published in Test Case Management

Release Reviews

Release Reviews: 7 Steps to Save Time and Keep Projects on Track

Your calendar is filled with release reviews, but it’s looking busy and not exactly doing much. Every time you glance at it, you cringe. You promise yourself you would free up some time so you can actually get stuff done. But you never get around to doing that because you don’t know where to start […]

March 2nd, 2017  |  Published in Agile Release Management, Release Management