The Agile Data Center

Eric D. Brown

I participated in the #DataCtrChat Twitter chat last week to join in on the conversation about the Agile Data Center. The question was: What differentiates an Agile Data Center from a traditional data center? That’s the power of the agile mindset when it comes to the data center.

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An Agile Business Needs an Agile IT Group

Eric D. Brown

If you ask any business leader whether they’d prefer that their organization be thought of as ‘slow moving’ or ‘agile’, most would respond with ‘agile’ as their preference. One of the most common definitions of agility is “nimbleness” or “the power of moving quickly and easily.”.

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We are Doing Agile, but are not Agile

Social, Agile and Transformation

Everyone, or at least almost everyone is doing some form of agile practices today. In fact, some leaders drive their digital transformation programs with leading agile to deliver customer facing applications. agile planning agile software development cio innovation it management leadership organizational change product management

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What Drives Agile Teams to Become Agile Organizations

Social, Agile and Transformation

Last week I moderated a panel at nGage's Enterprise Transformation Exchange on Developing an Agile IT Organization: Concepts, Culture and Concerns. CIOs and other IT leaders are looking to agile practices to transform operations, develop new products, about me agile planning agile software development cio digital transformation executive presentations future of work innovation it management organizational change software development

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Building an Agile IT Group

Eric D. Brown

Similarly, the cloud has given organizations access to an almost limitless amount of processing and storage power with low costs, relatively high reliability and a great deal of agility. And saying “yes” is what agility is all about.

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Infosec17: Recruit agile people for agile security teams

Computer Weekly

Organisations should enlist agile people to join agile security teams that are able to deal with the continually changing cyber threat landscape, say security team leaders

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Building the Agile Data Center

Eric D. Brown

When I speak with clients about the software defined data center, the one benefit that the majority of people tend to really latch onto is the ability of SDDC to bring agility to the data center. This post is brought to you by Symantec and The Transition To The Agile Data Center.

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Your Features are too BIG! Defining Epics, Features, and Stories in Agile Development

Social, Agile and Transformation

How you define a feature impacts your agile mindset and may impact the culture and collaboration you are trying to achieve. agile planning agile software development organizational change product management standardsFollowing up from my recent article on InfoWorld on 5 tips on configuring Jira for multiple teams, I thought to describe some of the antipatterns in defining features and some best practices. Let's first look at the antipatterns.

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Synergizing Agile Projects

Perficient - Digital Transformation

Let us ensure that it does not upset their tummies at any cost and add a little bit of that “secret ingredient”, plenty of “love” to make it taste “wow”” I explored on synergizing my dish and extended the same to Agile projects.

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Does IT Agility Equate to Business Survival?

Eric D. Brown

I’ve been writing about agility within the data center and IT group recently. While reading a white paper titled “ Agile IT Empowers Business Success ”, I ran across an intriguing sentence: “ If the business can’t adapt, it may not survive.“ In order to drive this adaptability, organization’s require both an agile business and an agile IT group , which is something I wrote a bit about last week. Information Technology The New CIO Agility CIO IT

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5 Ways to Improve Developer Productivity and Quality on Agile Development Teams

Social, Agile and Transformation

Many leaders that are new to scaling agile ask me about measuring individual developer and tester productivity since most agile metrics such as velocity are aggregate measures around a team's performance. These leaders support team dynamics and some promote agile's self-organizing principles.

On An Agile scaling journey ? Take our survey to find out how you are doing.

Forrester IT

This year I'm excited to have my team colleague Amanda joining me in the bi-annual Forrester Agile at Scale Adoption survey. So in addition to successful Agile team practices, alignment with business stakeholders upstream and downstream with testing and operations, we are looking into more Agile at scale issues like budgeting and DevOps. Software development leaders continue to buy into Agile--while they eradicate traditional waterfall style development.

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Driving an Agile and DevOps Culture that Delivers Business Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

Thanks to the team at All Day DevOps for giving me the opportunity to speak about this critical topic on the intersection of agile, devops, culture and business transformation.

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Adopt The “Spirit Of Agile”—Beyond Software Development

Forrester IT

There are two types of Agile people in the world: Capital “A” Agile people equate “agile” with Agile software development methodologies or frameworks. Agile requires specific roles, processes, and deliverables. You have to do Agile, to be Agile.

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Effective Metrics Are Critical For DevOps and Agile Success

Forrester IT

Read more Categories: Agile. Agile Testing. Agile Agile Testing BizDevOps DevOps IT Infrastructure Robert Stroud automated deployment automated testing cloud cloud computing metricsIn the days of old, not very long ago, release cycles were measured in years --organizations were using "on-time" and "on-budget" as the mantra for project efficacy. Business today is compelled to deliver business technology in cycles of hours, or days.

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5 Reasons to Estimate Agile Development with Story Points

Social, Agile and Transformation

I have a few posts on agile estimation. Here's one on why estimating is important, another one on how to do one-week agile planning sprint, and a more detailed one on how to conduct an agile sizing meeting. Does agile poker help? agile planning agile software development product management software development

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Three Agile Management Practices for Driving Digital Transformation

Social, Agile and Transformation

about me agile planning agile software development cio DevOps digital transformation innovation leadership product managementWhen I joined Businessweek ten years ago to lead their digital technology team, I was very surprised that they wanted to develop their own proprietary web applications. Could a magazine owned by a publisher mature a software development practice and deliver new customer experiences?

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Are You On An Agile+DevOps Journey? Don’t Miss Out On Continuous Testing Services!

Forrester IT

The most dangerous parallel initiatives are those where, on one side, they are changing their development teams to become more Agile, but a separate initiative in the same enterprise exists where their Operations folks are running a development and operations (DevOps) transformation.

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Release management strategies for agile development teams

Social, Agile and Transformation

Is release management part of your agile practice? agile planning agile software development cio DevOps it management software development software qaAre you able to tell stakeholders target dates for your next application releases? Are you tracking how often your teams hit these targets and which releases hit the targeted scope and quality? I’ve asked this question of many teams and hear various answers.

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Agile Processes Can Transform Companies From Unexpected Places: The VGZ Success Story

Forrester IT

In today’s fast-paced world, you’d be hard-pressed to find an IT shop that isn’t at least experimenting with Agile. age of the customer agile chief information officer (CIO) digital business digital transformation

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How To Write Meaningful Agile User Stories

Social, Agile and Transformation

Many teams struggle with defining "good" Agile Stories. Newly formed agile teams sometimes struggle with the basics, "What is a story?" agile planning agile software development innovation leadership organizational change software development and can be challenged understanding the difference between a story, group of stories, epics or tasks.

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20 Bad Behaviors of Agile Development Product Owners

Social, Agile and Transformation

I've worked with some very strong Agile Product Owners, others that needed a lot of help transitioning from BRD centric waterfall product management, and others that have strong backgrounds in other product roles (product strategy, management, or marketing) and are new to agile product development. I've partnered with many successful agile product owners that have launched innovative.

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Legacy Thinking versus Agile Thinking

Social, Agile and Transformation

We know what this looks like as an end product; legacy software applications, roads that are in disrepair, hospitals with antiquated practices, agile planning cio digital transformation leadership organizational changeToday, I am intrigued and bothered by "legacy thinking". Legacy thinking, is when leaders in an organization, stakeholders on an initiative, or managers of resources or funding believe that they can invest once and largely get it right the first time.

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10 Practices of Strong Agile Product Owners

Social, Agile and Transformation

I've worked with some excellent agile product owners that have developed new products, delighted customers, grown revenue, and collaborated well with their agile teams. agile planning agile software development customer experience digital transformation innovation product managementI've also worked with other product owners that have some very bad behaviors reflecting in poor under performing products and angry team members.

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Agile Takt Time

Perficient - Digital Transformation

My earlier blogs was focused on Agile Risk Management. Let’ say a fictitious agile team completes 7 story points (or tasks) in 10 days of the first sprint. Takt time can be tweaked and calculated for agile projects. Agile Takt Time = 10 / 7 = 1.42. What is a “TAKT Time”?

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How To Handle Difficult Agile Product Owners

Social, Agile and Transformation

There are many product owners that understand agile practices, enjoy collaborating with technologists and leverage data to make sound prioritization choices. But if you've practiced agile long enough you've probably experienced a dark product owner who's exhibited some of the bad behaviors of product owners that I posted a couple of months ago. agile software development cio it management organizational change product management

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Defining Your Agile Release Management Strategy

Social, Agile and Transformation

I recommended in an earlier post that release management strategies are important to agile. agile planning agile software development DevOps organizational change software development software qa

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Three Advanced Practices for Agile Development Organizations

Social, Agile and Transformation

Sometime ago I saw a question posted on a social media site, "Why is Agile hard to adopt?" The basic practices of agile are relatively straightforward, so what''s hard? Driving an agile culture, or getting an organization to "operate with agility", yes, that''s not trivial and it takes time for teams and individuals to "think agile". agile planning agile software development it management organizational change product management software qa

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Agile Development is like Running a Restaurant Kitchen [Video]

Social, Agile and Transformation

I had the opportunity to work with Infoworld on this video illustrating how agile development is a lot like running a restaurant. agile software development DevOps software developmentRestaurants requires operational excellence to deliver high quality meals, excellent service, and on time delivery to restaurant patrons. They also require some creativity and innovation when developing new menu items and adjusting ingredients based on what's.

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A Primary Goal of an Agile Data Center – Portability

Eric D. Brown

If you ask one hundred people (or companies) what it means to have an agile data center , you’ll most likely get a large number of diverse answers. It encapsulates the entire range of things that an agile data center can do for an organization.

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How to Implement Agile on Lowcode and aPaaS Development Platforms

Social, Agile and Transformation

A colleague and friend recently asked me whether agile practices were appropriate when managing development on lowcode or aPaaS (application Platform as a Service) technologies. agile software development citizen development crm customer experience it management mobile software developmentThese higher level languages enable developers to write a class of applications faster and maintain them easier by providing development environments, programming constructs, and other tools.

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Agile development an 'IT fad' that risks iterative failure

Computer Weekly

Agile promises continuous improvement through an iterative process, but without proper checks, project failure is commonplace

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New Agile Teams - Common Questions, Simple Answers

Social, Agile and Transformation

Many readers of Social, Agile, and Transformation know that I''ve recently started a new position as Global CIO of Greenwich Associates. When I came in, I committed to the team that we would rapidly adopt Agile Development and Agile Planning practices in order for us to fulfill our goals. about me agile planning agile software development cio innovation it management leadership offshore development organizational change software development

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Why Agile Development Should Not Own DevOps

Social, Agile and Transformation

Thanks to Ramon Monteiro @ivisualize for developing this cool visual depicting my last post on The Key to aligning Agile Dev and Stable Ops to a Successful DevOps Transformation. While agile development teams continue to iterate and improve applications for the Business, and Ops insures that systems are stable and reliable, the CIO leads the entire IT organization through a DevOps transformation.

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Agile is not the absence of ITIL!

Cloud Musings

As a result, executives are considering more use of Agile or DevOps frameworks to speed up the delivery of valuable services to end-users. Agile improves the delivery time of an ITIL- inspired service. Contemporary cloud services provide the ideal place for Agile and ITIL to meet.

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