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Adopting Agile Methodology: 6 Steps to Improved Delivery

Software development has changed rapidly over the last several decades. For the most part, companies would release software packages something like once a year. For example,…

kanban board

Your Detailed Introductory Guide to the Kanban Board

So you want to learn a little bit about Kanban? That’s great! Kanban is a system for both visualizing and organizing work to be done. Kanban’s…

product oriented team

Why You Should Be Building Product-Oriented Teams

Many factors contribute to the success of a firm. For instance, knowing what customers want is an important part of running a business. Different teams decide…

software toolchain

The Software Toolchain: A Definition With Clear Examples

Historically, software development moved slowly. Companies might ship out a new suite of tools once a year—and that’s only if they were lucky. As an example,…

environments

QA Environments: Why Do You Need So Many?

Test environment managers are often asked to audit everything. If there is a question about budgets they need to quickly identify opportunities to reallocate infrastructure and…

Test Environment Management Best Practices

Test Environment Management Best Practices

This post highlights the importance of an efficient and reliable test environment management process in supporting application releases/project delivery. We begin with the introduction of test environments…

software release schedule

Your Software Release Schedule is an Important Part of the Release Process

In most enterprises, the concept of having a reliable release schedule which represents what is going on in the development arm of your IT shop is quite…

CAB and release management

Change Advisory Board (CAB) and Release Management: The Connection

For mature organizations, change management is a critical process. The business relies on software operating correctly to perform critical business functions. They also rely on software…

Enterprise Architecture

What Is Enterprise Architecture? A Practical Definition

There’s a reason more and more companies are migrating to the cloud and incorporating IoT technologies and artificial intelligence into their infrastructure. The tools deliver a…

continuous improvement

Continuous Improvement: A Model for Success in Your Organization

DevOps, agile methodologies, and continuous improvement (CI) have transformed the way that teams collaborate when they create software. Rather than waiting for several months or years…

cutover plan

How to Formulate and Execute an Effective Cutover Plan

The most crucial time for a software company is when a project is ready to go-live. All the development and testing processes have been completed. The…

retrospective

The Agile Retrospective: Definition and Example Formats

The following is a principle upon which the Agile Manifesto was built: “At regular intervals, the team reflects on how to become more effective, then tunes…