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Re-Thinking “Eliminate Waste” and “Last Responsible Moment”

February 25, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

Re-Thinking “Eliminate Waste”

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Greek Tragedy in Continuous Integration

February 24, 2017 — Posted by Steve Thomas

A business leader approached my colleague and complained, "I invested $50 million last year in new testing environments for Continuous Integration - It was a waste, we are hardly getting any benefit from it." How is it that an organization could establish a solid beginning for CI, investing in the environments, tooling and test automation and yet get little benefit. Sadly, we've seen this movie play out so many times that we know exactly what didn't happen in the organization.

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Cost of Implementing Continuous Integration

February 21, 2017 — Posted by Steve Thomas

Someone in your organization is telling you, "We really need to implement Continuous Integration." They have probably told you many reasons how and why your development organization will be much better, faster, higher quality, efficient, etc. once you have Continuous Integration in place. They are absolutely right - I also am convinced that if you implement Continuous Integration you will gain fantastic benefits.

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The Importance of Right-Sized Epics in SAFe

February 13, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

The Goal is to Realize Value Quickly

The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe) makes very clear the importance of building incrementally and prioritizing according to value (using WSJF, the “weighted shortest job first” formula). The goal is to realize the greatest value over the shortest period of time. This is one of the primary objectives in Lean-Thinking and it requires careful thought. It begins with right-sizing the “epics” in the portfolio.

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The Secret to Implementing Continuous Integration - CHEESE!

February 1, 2017 — Posted by Steve Thomas

Last time, I wrote about how Continuous Integration is like the Broccoli of the Agile world… everyone knows that it is good for them, but few really consume it.  

The hanging question from that blog was, "How can we convince organizations to actually eat their Broccoli and implement real Continuous Integration?"  

A friend of mine tells me that the secret to getting people to eat their broccoli is "Cheese - Lots of Cheese". So, what is the "Cheese" that will make people want to consume their CI Broccoli?  

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