1 10, 2015

The Evolution of Modern Dev/Test Labs in the DevOps World

By | 2015-10-01T05:54:06+00:00 October 1st, 2015|Azure, DevOps, Release Management|0 Comments

If you’re developing software of any kind, you inevitably need to test it somewhere before you deploy to production. “I’ll just spin up a VM,” you say. This might work initially in small shops – but even if you don’t have onerous red tape, you’re eventually going to run out of resources (like host machines, [...]

29 09, 2015

DLM: The Future of Database Development

By | 2015-09-29T15:35:30+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Database Lifecycle Management, DevOps, Octopus Deploy, Practices, Release Management, Tools|0 Comments

There has been a great deal of talk recently around a re-discovered process known as DLM, or Database Lifecycle Management. DLM has been around for many years, but until recently has been virtually unknown and overshadowed by the complementing process of ALM, or Application Lifecycle Management. While ALM has seen widespread adoption along with a plethora of [...]

15 09, 2015

5 Simple Ways To Build a Better DevOps Organization

By | 2015-09-15T15:17:46+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Coded UI, DevOps, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Release Management, Release Management, Scrum, unit testing|2 Comments

Like successful Agile transformations, becoming a mature DevOps organization takes time and requires a mindful approach. Effective DevOps practices are not born- they are grown. And, just like Agile transformations, you must take on a build-measure-learn approach to your DevOps transformation if you are building a mature practice. Modern and mature DevOps practices include (in no particular [...]

6 08, 2015

Some Things To Consider Before You Upgrade

By | 2015-08-06T10:17:29+00:00 August 6th, 2015|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), DevOps, Microsoft Test Manager, Reporting, Source Control Management, Team Foundation Build, Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server|0 Comments

Last month I told you not to upgrade your Team Foundation Server.  This month, I’m standing on the mountain tops proclaiming with a loud voice, “It’s time to upgrade your Team Foundation Server!” TFS 2015 RTM has arrived. If you’ve been paying attention to what’s been going on within Microsoft’s Developer Division, you’ll know that Visual [...]

3 08, 2015

Hack Your Agility: Improve Your Release Cadence

By | 2015-08-03T10:20:31+00:00 August 3rd, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), DevOps, Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Octopus Deploy, Practices, Process, Release Management, Release Management, Scrum, Team Foundation Build, Tools|0 Comments

Are your release practices manual? Do your release practices slow down your delivery? Are you manually configuring your environments? There are many factors that can contribute to less-than-agile release practices.  Three of the most common factors are technical debt in your release methodologies, release management belonging to another organization, and operations owning the environments.  Many [...]

21 07, 2015

You Can Easily Create a Mobile Application (That is used by your customers)

By | 2015-07-21T08:27:27+00:00 July 21st, 2015|Agile, Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, DevOps, Kanban, Lean, PaaS, Scrum|0 Comments

You have a smart phone.  You use apps.  And you likely have come up with a great idea for an app.  Maybe you have thought, “Why don’t we turn this Line-of-Business application into a mobile app?” It’s even likely that your leadership has been asking for a mobile application for some time but you just [...]

7 07, 2015

Stop! Don't Upgrade TFS!!!

By | 2015-07-07T12:07:18+00:00 July 7th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), DevOps, Kanban, Practices, Process, Scrum, Source Control Management, Team Foundation Build, Team Foundation Server, Tools, Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2010, Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2013, Visual Studio 2013 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Online, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team System|2 Comments

Have you been putting off upgrading TFS and now you’re ready to upgrade?  Are you itching to take advantage of the great features in Team Foundation Server 2013 update 4?  Are you excited to take advantage of the query-based chart authoring in Team Web Access?  Do you want a better triage experience?  Are you hoping [...]

17 02, 2015

Azure is more than Infrastructure

By | 2015-02-17T09:16:06+00:00 February 17th, 2015|Azure, DevOps|0 Comments

As DevOps continues to grow in everyday practice, companies are faced with a number of new and old constraints that slow down the development cycle. Some of these constraints are operational reaction time, “safe to fail” development platforms, standardized automation, manual error-prone workflows and operational costs which closely match demand and true capacity. Working with [...]

2 02, 2015

How to build a healthy DevOps organization

By | 2015-02-02T15:24:05+00:00 February 2nd, 2015|DevOps|0 Comments

First the buzzword was ALM, then DevTest.  Now it’s DevOps.  But let’s not discount it just because it’s the nom-du-jour. We at Northwest Cadence say it often – Integrating your development processes with your operation process can result in increased value for your organization.  How so?  A healthy DevOps organization will likely see decreased release-cycle [...]

13 01, 2015

DSC Authoring

By | 2015-01-13T13:00:05+00:00 January 13th, 2015|DevOps|0 Comments

From the last four posts in this series, I have explained the DSC foundation corner stone of the what, why, where and how. With a good foundation of the basic to work from, we now can go deeper into DSC authoring phases.  The authoring phase is the first part of a two-part phase.  The Pull [...]