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Why Treating Test Management and Test Environment Management Separately Is Killing Your Efficiency By Alon Inditzky Imagine that you have hundreds of development, testing, and operations teams spread across the globe that rely on each other to execute software testing. You have 245 test environments and you release to pre-production several times a day and deploy to production once a week. How do you manage all the software tests, test data, and test environments? Traditionally, the answer would be to fill out spreadsheets or siloed tools, send emails, and hope that everything and everyone is ready at each stage of the software testing lifecycle (STLC). But this often doesn’t work well. Requirements change and not everyone gets notified or reads email updates. Test environments aren’t ready or available when they need to be. Further, a host of other challenges stand ... (more)

It’s Time to Tear Down Silos for Agile Release Management | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps

It's Time to Tear Down Silos for Agile Release Management By Simon King 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 differences in performance of small and large teams within complex organizations. The traditional structure of IT was based on functional areas grouped by specialization, typically for infrastruc... (more)

IT Teams and Business Outcomes | @DevOpsSummit @Plutora #AI #DevOps

Idea to Delivery: Three Ways to Align IT Teams with Business Outcomes By Simon King 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. When IT understands its role and significance in supporting those outcomes, it will earn a seat at the executive table. Scheduling is critical Transaction sy... (more)

All Test Case Management Tools Are Not Created Equal | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #APM #Monitoring

If you’ve used test case management tools before, you’ll understand that there are a range of products on the market. There are old standards that have been around since before the dawn of the World Wide Web, and there are relative market newcomers that offer different levels of sophistication. Here are the factors that make the difference between test case management tools that help and those that hinder. Test Case Management Tools Should Cooperate with Issue Management Tools Your test case management tools should integrate with any and every tool your organization uses to track ... (more)

Enterprise Release Manager: The Only Job Description You Need to Hire the Best

Enterprise Release Manager is a new role in the enterprise. It has become critical as enterprises continue to report larger portfolios with an increased number of smaller, more independent projects. At the same time, more companies are decentralizing deployment and release responsibilities to individual development teams. With more projects releasing software to production more frequently under Agile and DevOps methodologies, organizations are establishing a new level of IT release management: the Enterprise Release Manager. The following job description lays out what I’ve learned ... (more)