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Production Deployments Don't Have to Be a High Wire Act By Dalibor Siroky It's 3 am in California, and you are still awake trying to sort through a release process that has been delayed by several hours. The deployment to the main application cluster took several extra hours due to an unanticipated problem with the servers, and now everyone is waiting on the lead database administrator to call into a conference bridge so you can all move on to Step 53.5b of the deployment. Your production deployments always seem to be problematic and this one might be the worst you've experienced yet. Everyone's Tired: Bad Decisions Abound By "everyone," I mean the 30 QA testers and 3 project managers in California, several developers in Sydney and India, and an operations team spread throughout the EU and the US. You can tell by some of the ambient noise on this conference call that... (more)

Agile Release Management By @Plutora | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Agile Release Management By Sean Hamawi So teams in your organisation have decided to embrace Agile development for some Projects and/or BAU development and things are going great guns, your deploying code changes and releases in prod every week. Over on the other side of the fence IT ops are screaming at the various portfolio dev teams for releasing highly risky functionality way too frequently but since the Agile dev adoption production has only had a couple of low priority P4 incidents caused by bad code releases. Things must be looking good with the new dev process but then ... (more)

How to Fail Enterprise DevOps Miserably By @Plutora | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Five Surefire Ways to Make Your Enterprise DevOps Initiative Fail Miserably By Dalibor Siroky 2014 was the year that DevOps arrived in large enterprises, and we're seeing several large corporations moving to more agile software delivery and more frequent releases. We've helped many companies move toward DevOps practices using Plutora to provide necessary transparency to manage risk and track agile software development efforts, and over the past few years we've come to understand what makes a DevOps initiative succeed and what makes it fail. In this post we focus on some of the fac... (more)

Release Management RACI Matrix By @Plutora | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Release Management RACI Matrix By Michelle Henry Is it done yet or Why RACI is Essential Whether you are a release manager, a release engineer, or a someone just supporting a release you understand that the intersection of software releases and instant messaging can be frustrating.  Whether you use Skype, Jabber, Slack, or any other group-based instant messaging application your experience during a release probably looks a lot like this: Co-worker 1 (13:02): Hey, what's up? You (13:02): Nothing, I'm running the release Co-worker 1 (13:05): Great, how's the release going? You (13:0... (more)

Release Management vs Release Engineering By @Plutora | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

This blog post focuses on the difference between "Release Engineers" and "Release Managers," and I'm writing it because I've talked to people who don't see what separates the two roles. It's an important distinction, and an organization's view of the difference is an indicator of how mature its enterprise release process is. What Is Release Engineering? A common pattern in the past few years is the creation of centralized Release Engineering groups. These professionals apply common patterns for automating releases, they have a solid understanding of build and testing frameworks,... (more)