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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 infrastructure towers, help desks, and app support. Fast forward to today’s modern IT organization and the groups have been organized to act as mini service providers – shared services offering technical services such as database and storage to business service teams such as sales automation and mark... (more)

Production Deployments | @CloudExpo @DaliborSiroky #APM #ML #DevOps

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... (more)

Control Costs: Use Cloud Test Environments | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Agile

Control Costs: Use Cloud Test Environments By Dalibor Siroky There is no more effective way to reduce your overall test environment spend than to migrate to cloud test environments and embrace testing and infrastructure automation. The nature of test environments is inherently temporary—you set up an environment, run through an automated test suite, and then tear down the environment. If you can reduce the cycle time for this process down to hours or minutes, then you may be able to cut your test environment budgets considerably. This is the “Holy Grail” for both cost savings and... (more)

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 and what to do. Heck, you don’t have the time to think about saving time. First, figure out what mistakes you’re making that are holding your projects back. Once you have a clearer picture about the gaps, you can go ahead and fix them by following the seven steps I’m sharing below. Thi... (more)

Enterprise Release Management By @DaliborSiroky | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #BigData #API #Docker

Six Roles Key to Enterprise Release Management Success By Dalibor Siroky Large organizations engaged in enterprise release management seldom have a single "enterprise release manager."  Instead of a single, "enterprise-wide" responsibility, most large, decentralized organizations assign responsibility for more strategic, release management functions to several existing roles. An enterprise release management practice supports and is supported by the following enterprise release management roles: IT Portfolio Management - An efficient ERM practice provides portfolio managers greate... (more)