The Latest on DevOps

September 2018

VSM: The Next Evolution In DevOps

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ReleaseTEAM Partners Named "Most Significant Providers"

A new report from Forrester Research – Elevate Agile-Plus-DevOps with Value Stream Management asserts that Value Stream Management (VSM) is poised to take over where application life cycle management leaves off. Forrester defines VSM as:

“A combination of people, process, and technology that maps, optimizes, visualizes, and governs business value flow (including epics, stories, work items) through heterogeneous enterprise software delivery pipelines. … With VSM, organizations implementing Agile-plus-DevOps will better understand the value they deliver, the efficiencies they gain, and the further optimization possibilities for each software product in their delivery pipeline.”

In a related report, The Forrester New Wave™: Value Stream Management Tools, Q3 2018, Forrester lists the most significant providers of VSM tools – four ReleaseTEAM partners made that list: Tasktop, GitLab, CloudBees, and Electric Cloud.

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DevOps Abandonment: Reasons Not to Give Up logo

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When a new process or methodology comes along—particularly when one gets a lot of attention like DevOps has—there always will be failures. I’m not talking about those always-present group of people who say they’ve seen this cycle before and, thus, it is just a fad; I’m talking about actual implementers who, in the end, come up empty-handed.

DevOps is no exception. In fact, because it radically changes much about IT, it probably has a higher rate of this problem than most new methodologies.

The end result is easy enough to identify: Either an organization abandons DevOps altogether or shunts it off into that area where other processes and technologies have been implemented by only one team and eventually die.

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Of course, the right tools, a clean and properly configured environment, and the right mentoring/training make all the difference. We at ReleaseTEAM are always here to help with the right solution for your needs.

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What is a Kanban Board?

A Kanban board is an agile project management tool designed to help visualize work, limit work-in-progress, and maximize efficiency (or flow). Kanban boards use cards, columns, and continuous improvement to help technology and service teams commit to the right amount of work, and get it done.

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Learn kanban with Jira software

In this tutorial, we'll give you step-by-step instructions on how to drive a Kanban project, prioritize your work, visualize your workflow, and minimize work-in-progress to prevent your team from being overloaded, all within Jira Software.

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GitLab v11.2 Released


v11.2: Get Started and Iterate Faster!

  • Client-side Evaluation in Web IDE
  • Android Project Import
  • Custom Project Templates on the Instance Level
  • Cloud Native Simplified

Register for the 11.2 Release Webcast on September 5 at 9am PDT / 4pm UTC

GitHub July & August Updates


Updates as Protected Branches

Protected branches make sure the right reviews happen, support passing CI, and prevent force pushes. With our latest update, you can automatically enforce protected branch settings across multiple branches in your repository.

Branch protection rules build on our existing branch protection functionality. Instead of setting up individual protections for multiple branches, you can share the same set of protections across different branches matching the same naming pattern.

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Linked repositories for organization-owned project boards

Managing your projects at the organization level just got easier. When creating or viewing an organization’s project board, you can now specify which repositories are most relevant to the project you’re working on. This new feature makes search faster and more relevant by automatically scoping it to your linked repositories.

Branch protection rules build on our existing branch protection functionality. Instead of setting up individual protections for multiple branches, you can share the same set of protections across different branches matching the same naming pattern.

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See the list of July updates

A Must-See CloudBees Webinar on DevOps


”The 2018 Accelerate State of DevOps Report”

It took 5 years of research and 30,000 data points to complete The Accelerate State of DevOps Report. And there’s no better way to understand the factors that predict DevOps high performance in software development than attending this upcoming webinar.

Register Now for the webinar on Thursday, September 6th at 9am PDT | 12pm EDT | 4pm GMT with DORA’s Jez Humble and CloudBees’ Ben Williams to learn how software delivery performance unlocks key competitive advantages like:

  • Increased profitability
  • Improved productivity
  • Higher % of market share
  • … and more

The webinar is free. The learnings are priceless.

GitKraken Hits 1-Million Users

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ReleaseTEAM Congratulates our partner, GitKraken on their epic milestone!

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And, as if to Celebrate, Git Client v4.0 is Released

Git Client v4.02 has built-in code editing, the ability to create and delete files, associate Glo Boards to a repo, and more.

This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill: the story ends; you wake up at your computer with the same Git GUI you’ve always had. You take the red pill: you stay in Wonderland, and I show you what it’s like to develop like a Kraken…
GitKraken’s Morpheus (to Keif)

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Confluence Helps You Break Down Silos and Get Work Done


From Atlassian

In most organizations, work is spread across multiple tools and silos. To move work forward, teams waste time emailing documents back and forth, making revisions, and combining changes across multiple versions of a document. Once work is complete, documents may live in different places and are hard to find or quickly become outdated, even if a team is using a file sharing system. A typical work week includes hours of meetings and emails so teams can attempt to stay on top of it all.

Working in Confluence provides a more collaborative experience than these “traditional” work processes. Confluence gives teams the power to create anything and everything, from meeting notes to project plans or product requirements. Whether you’re using Confluence Cloud, Server or Data Center, teams can edit pages together in real-time, get feedback via comments, mention teammates, keep work organized, and seamlessly edit files.

  • Work Together in Real-time
  • Close the Feedback Loop
  • Edit Any File

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QASymphony's Meeting of the Minds Roadshow


This fall, QASymphony brings you five half-day events in cities across the country focused on QA transformation and best practices.

QASymphony’s goal with the Meeting of the Minds event series is to create a collaborative experience that includes both small group discussions and time for Q&A with quality experts, so you can gain tangible feedback for improving your quality strategy. You’ll also hear from some of the brightest minds in software testing, who will cover topics like communicating the value of QA to business leaders, automation best practices and the future of software quality.

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The Puzzler

The Puzzler

This Month's Problem:

Shawn deployed his AWS environment by running a Jenkins pipeline which spun up 6 server instances. These servers each ran 12 docker images. Each docker image ran 18 microservices. Each microservice had 24 API calls exposed. How many AWS environments did Shawn deploy?

Think you have the solution? Be sure to submit your answer with the explanation to ASAP. As always, correct responses are entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card.

Good luck from all of us at ReleaseTEAM!

Last Month's Solution:

Problem: Shawn has a very large barrel of Belgian white beer and he promised exactly 1 gallon to Keith. Shawn only has access to a 5-gallon bucket and a 3-gallon jug, how can he accurately give Keith his 1 gallon?

Solution: Fill the three-gallon container with beer and empty it into the five-gallon container. Fill the three-gallon container with beer again. Pour beer from the three-gallon container into the five-gallon container until the five-gallon container is full. What you have remaining in the three-gallon container is one gallon.

Congratulations Ross H., you’re this month’s Puzzle Master!, Contact us for your prize