4 10, 2016

The Day of the Tester is Over – Long Live the Tester!

By | 2016-10-04T14:52:57+00:00 October 4th, 2016|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), DevOps, Software Testing|1 Comment

DevOps is radically changing the culture, tools and processes of most teams. Those that don’t embrace this change are in danger of extinction. However, in order to deploy more frequently with better quality, teams must embrace continuous testing. But aren’t testers part of Waterfall and two-year release cycles? Doesn’t the new world of frequent, rapid [...]

27 07, 2016

DevOps Maturity is One Step Away!

By | 2016-07-27T10:21:21+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), DevOps, Practices|0 Comments

When we work with teams on their DevOps practices, it’s helpful to get a clear picture of where they are, and where they want to go. Understanding the level of a team’s DevOps maturity is helpful for building out a clear, actionable plan. It’s easy to paint an aspirational picture to get customers excited about [...]

9 06, 2016

Dev/Test in the Cloud

By | 2016-06-09T11:27:45+00:00 June 9th, 2016|Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, DevOps, Software Testing|0 Comments

Northwest Cadence enjoyed partnering with Microsoft to create and deliver virtual training sessions on DevOps. We are so excited to be able to share these sessions with you for your on-demand viewing! Why Dev/Test in the Cloud? Join Rodrigo de Carvalho, Microsoft Product Marketing Manager, and Steven Borg, Northwest Cadence Co-Founder and Strategist, for these [...]

25 05, 2016

How I Discovered Open Source Support in TFS / VSTS!

By | 2016-05-25T08:45:45+00:00 May 25th, 2016|Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, Source Control Management, Visual Studio 2013 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Team Foundation Service|0 Comments

I've always been attracted to the new and shiny. In August of 1995 MICROSOFT introduced Windows 95 to the world. With a radically new UI design, an amazing vision of how 32-bit apps should play together, and an aggressive marketing campaign to increase the consumer awareness of Windows (At the time, only 3-4% of the [...]

22 02, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Delivering Minimum Viable Product

By | 2016-02-22T09:29:33+00:00 February 22nd, 2016|Agile, Application Architecting, Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Are you able to consistently deliver value every 2 or 3 weeks? Does your team frequently bite off more than they can chew in a single iteration? Does your team keep falling into old patterns and habits instead of focusing on delivering minimum viable product? One of the biggest challenges in adopting agile software development is educating [...]

11 02, 2016

DevOps is a Culture, Not a Team

By | 2016-02-11T12:00:00+00:00 February 11th, 2016|DevOps, Software Testing|2 Comments

I recently worked at a customer that had created a DevOps team in addition to their Ops and Development teams. While I appreciated the attempt to improve their processes, inwardly I was horrified. Just as DevOps is not a product, I think it is bad practice to create a DevOps team. DevOps is a culture [...]

8 02, 2016

Hack Your Agility: Is your development team committed?

By | 2016-02-08T11:11:58+00:00 February 8th, 2016|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Hack Your Agility, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Is your development team fragmented between development and management tasks?  Does your development team have predictable time each iteration dedicated to development and testing?  Does your development team have at least one developer committed to actual development? Get your Development Team developing! Enterprises that are accustomed to longer delivery cycles often find serious challenges evolving to [...]

14 10, 2015

3 Agile Problems You Can Solve With Azure

By | 2015-10-14T10:54:40+00:00 October 14th, 2015|Agile, Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Azure, DevOps, Kanban, Lean, Practices, Process, Scrum|0 Comments

Client after client of mine encounters the same impediments to agile delivery. As Northwest Cadence deepens our expertise in the Microsoft cloud, we learn more and more about technologies and techniques that can help.

13 10, 2015

Early Christmas for TFS! Top 10 TFS 2015 Update 1 CTP Features

By | 2015-10-13T05:07:09+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Kanban, Source Control Management, Visual Studio 2015 Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio ALM|0 Comments

When I first saw the list of features in TFS 2015 Update 1 CTP, I was stunned. I felt like it was an early Christmas! There is so much goodness in this release that it feels like it’s actually TFS 2016! As usual, the upgrade process is straightforward, and since there are no major schema [...]

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 [...]