Agile

The Agile Advocate: How to Involve Operations in a DevOps World

Tags: Agile, DevOps, cloud, managementPosted: 08/28/2017

Introduction I’ve had the unique opportunity over the last 30+ years to be involved in multiple large, enterprisewide, mission critical application development projects. I’ve also had the opportunity to develop and bring several products to market. In looking back at these projects, the common…

The Agile Advocate: What is Infrastructure as Code and Why Do I Care?

Tags: Agile, DevOps, cloud computing, managementPosted: 08/02/2017

Introduction I’ve had the unique opportunity over the last 30+ years to be involved in multiple large, enterprisewide, mission critical application development projects. I’ve also had the opportunity to develop and bring several products to market. In looking back at these projects, the common…

From The Agile Advocate: Musings on DevOps

Tags: DevOps, Agile, cloud, IaaS, managementPosted: 07/20/2017

Introduction For more than 30 years, I’ve been involved in multiple large, enterprisewide, mission critical application development projects. Along the way, I’ve also developed and brought to market several products. In looking back at these projects, the common thread in the successful ones was…

Inside FDA’s IT Strategic Plan

Tags: management, todd simpson, AgilePosted: 06/06/2017

When the Food and Drug Administration released its IT strategic plan in September 2015, Chief Information Officer Todd Simpson incorporated a review process in order to revisit the plan annually and ensure it keeps up with mandates, new technologies and priorities. The following year, FDA…

It’s Not Enough to be Agile; You Need to Measure It

Tags: Agile, managementPosted: 05/23/2017

Agile maturity assessments hold key to long-term results. Whether your organization recently underwent an agile transformation or has practiced agile for years, assessing the level of agility at regular intervals is important. Agile is practiced differently at all levels of the organization, and…

The V-model: Can It Be Adapted in Agile Methodologies?

Tags: Agile, v-modelPosted: 04/03/2017

Introduction The V-model provides a checks-and-balances approach to software quality assurance (SQA). The Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) tasks of capturing requirements, designing a system and writing code have corresponding quality checks to validate that the product meets the technical/…

Enterprise Architecture, Modernization, and Agile – It Can Be Done!

Tags: Agile, modernizationPosted: 04/03/2017

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has provided recommendations to agencies such as Veterans Affairs (VA), Social Security Administration (SSA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Census Bureau (Bureau) for modernizing their legacy systems and processes. There is a common…

Including Ops on the Journey to the Cloud

Tags: DevOps, cloud, management, AgilePosted: 03/06/2017

Is there anything the cloud can’t do? A day doesn’t go by without us hearing about the benefits of the cloud. It can make us healthier, our kids smarter and everyone is happier. And the IT community? It seems to be the biggest benefactor of the cloud. Systems magically get better by migrating to…

DevOps, Agile and Microservices

Tags: Agile, Microservices, DevOps, managementPosted: 01/31/2017

DevOps provides the principles, practices and tools, coupled with organizational and cultural changes, to allow application-focused teams to deliver functionality to the end user via repeatable, predictable processes.   Agile methodologies such as scrum and SAFe break down this DevOps pipeline…

Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Software Test Life Cycle (STLC) in Agile/Scrum Development Approach.

Tags: software development, Agile, ScrumPosted: 01/31/2017

Software development is difficult and risky as it can result in cost overruns, schedule slippages, low product quality, and project cancellation for non-viability. The maintenance of tighter development models such as the widespread Waterfall is threatened by innovative and more flexible models.…