Agile

Getting to Cloud DevOps: A Basic Checklist

July 31, 2019

With cloud platforms such as Cloud Foundry more and more teams move from a development-only team to a DevOps-enabled team. The aim in doing so is in continuously improving the application development lifecycle by moving fast from idea to production. Though, with development and operations efforts that need to get done some teams have less operations experience and neglect some important operational aspects. This blog post comprises a basic checklist that teams can go along and decide for themselves whether they want to increase efforts for a specific topic. Personally, I believe that any real…

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Agile transformation: thinking of change, or change of thinking?

October 12, 2015

Have you ever asked your clients what quality means to them? If so, you have very probably been confronted with many more or less different answers depending on personal preferences and expectations of the given customer. There is no absolute quality. If a service or product meets expectations of a particular client, he considers it a service or product of a good quality. So we are clear on our mission – we aim to stay customer oriented and address client´s requirements in order to achieve maximum quality. The expectations of the client as well as the market situation are unfortunately no…

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About user stories and acceptance criteria

April 7, 2015

Especially when joining projects for a second release with already existing functional design specifications (FDS), it may well be that user stories are not what they should be. With much room for interpretation they might not be clear, easy to understand or even complete. The impact is an additional (unexpected) effort with all further consequences and discussions between the customer and the contractor about what has and what hasn't been offered. But why is it like that? If you have ever asked yourself one of the following questions: "What is a user story?", "How can I write one?" and…

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A day without Atlassian tools?!

February 19, 2015

There are plenty of interviews and articles praising the added value of using Atlassian tools. To check those perspectives, as an experiment, we turned it around … They say we only really appreciate the value of things after they’re gone. Imagine the following situation: We are a medium-sized software development company, with branches in a few European countries. Together we have around 150 employees, most of them developers, project managers, line managers and administration. All employees use Atlassian tools like JIRA, Confluence, etc., in their daily work. Looking at the daily work log of…

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