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IBM DevOps – Self Assessment survey

Recently read a good article on adopting “Continuous Delivery practices”. In the white paper, “Adopting IBM’s approach to continuous software delivery,” the author, Paul Bahr discussed IBM’s adoption framework for iteratively introducing new capabilities and planning improvements. In the  our-part blog series that outlined a good

Posted in Agile, Agile Adoption, agile-dad, agile-safe, Continuous Delivery, Lean, Planning, UrbanCode

What is Agile … Really?

I am constantly amazed at the misconceptions that most people have regarding what agile is and how it is used.  Often times when I bring up the topic of agile, people immediately start talking about “Scrum” and how they like

Posted in Agile, Agile Adoption, Lean, Planning, RTC, Scrum

Comparing Waterfall and Rational Unified Process

Contrary to popular opinion, not every IT project can successfully adopt agile practices. Location of resources, team structure, corporate culture and even technology used, can all play a key factor in determining which development practices will work in an organization. 

Posted in Planning, Uncategorized

How are each Work items estimated and do these estimates relate to each other?

Written by Reedy Feggins, IBM RTC 3.0 uses three different attributes to help teams determine which work items should be done during the sprint / iteration. These attributes are: Priority, Ranking and Complexity which are covered in detail in the

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How are Epics, Stories and Tasks related to each other?

Written by Reedy Feggins, IBM Work items are the fundamental mechanism in Rational Team Concert (RTC) used to coordinate, and track development tasks.[1] RTC provides several out-of-the-box work items types including Epic, Story, Task and Defect.  Each work item has

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What guidance would you give when for assigning priorities to stories in RTC?

What is the default priority generally assigned? It was suggested to me that the default should be medium. We may need to provide some guidance on what constitutes a high, medium versus a low priority ranking. Yes we recommend using

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