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Agile, DevOps, and Continuous Integration

Weekly Top 10: DevOps Shares the Spotlight

Did you think we forgot about our good friends Agile and Continuous Integration? With all the buzz around DevOps looking towards 2016, it's been challenging to focus on anything else. DevOps, Agile, CI and Continuous Delivery are all joined at the hip, and this past week saw some great articles on these methodologies on our news feed. According to Joe Feccorata from InfoQ, adopting Agile practices can actually increase employee satisfaction. Not only can Agile promise happiness in the workplace, but the US Government is finding ways this method can save the planet. Still struggling with continuous integration adoption? Rami Honig from TechBeacon lays out 6 best practices of CI that even veterans can learn from.

Continue reading for more on this week's top news on DevOps, Agile and Continuous Delivery. As always, stay tuned to all the news coming from @ElectricCloud throughout the week and retweet/favorite to get your favorite pieces featured in our weekly recap!

1. DevOps and Continuous Delivery: Joined at the Hip
By @PerezTechJourno | Published on @TechBeaconCom
http://techbeacon.com/devops-continuous-delivery-joined-hip

The VP of IT and the CIO had been having a fine morning. In fact, they'd been having a fine past couple of years-until a few minutes ago, when the CEO abruptly pushed the C-suite's panic button and their blood  pressure shot up to the stratosphere. The CEO has just learned that their main competitor pulled an Amazon and revamped its software development and delivery process in a way that lets them deploy bug patches, updates, and improvements constantly, as in every hour or less.

2. Seven Signs You're Doing DevOps Wrong [Link]
By @adbertram| Published on @CIOonline

DevOps is a transformative ethos that many companies are putting to their advantage. As with anything that hinges on culture, however, it can be too easy to slap together a few tools, sprinkle in new processes, and call yourself a devops-fueled organization. After all, saying that your company embraces devops and regularly practices devops techniques is popular nowadays, and it can serve as great PR for bringing in great talent to your team. But in truth, many companies - and technical recruiters - that are proclaiming their devotion to devops from the hilltops aren't really devops organizations.

3. Eleven Gifts for the DevOps Person in Tour Life [Link]
By @loudalouda| Published on @Medium

There are plenty of lists out there for the tech lover, dog lover, fashion lover, and love lovers of your life, but what about that hard-to-shop-for developer? Here are a few ideas...

4. Getting from Performance Testing to Performance Engineering [Link]
By @appperfeng| Published on @TechBeaconCom

There is more to performance engineering than just testing. Done right, performance engineering means understanding how all the parts of the system fit together, and building in performance from the first design. Making the journey from performance testing to performance engineering isn't easy. But the proven practices established over years of observation can help you on your way.

5. Can DevOps and Agile Save the Planet? US.Gov Thinks So
By @bethstack | Published on @TheRegister

Whacking DevOps on your business card doesn't make you instantly more valuable. It could also make you a certified guardian of the planet too. Or at least, certified software supplier to the guardians of the planet. At least that's what we think the US's Environmental Protection Agency is getting at with its latest efforts to corral environmentally conscious suppliers of digital services to create an Environmental Digital Services marketplace.

6. Why Integration Testing Matters More than Ever: Six Best Practices for CI [Link]
By @ramihonig| Published on @TechBeaconCom

How does integration testing fit into a continuous integration (CI) environment? What does the term even mean in the context of DevOps, where code is constantly refactored and expanded with new functionality? Cut through the confusion with insights from the experts and six best practices you can apply today.

7. Is There a Correlation between Employee Happiness and Agile?
By Joe Feccorata | Published on @InfoQ

We all know that Google has managed to sit atop the Fortune 100 Best Companies to work for in 2015.  Which of these others made it? Facebook, Microsoft, Intel, Apple, or Amazon? You got it - not one of them. And this is despite many of them offering similar perks - the fancy, millennial-friendly offices, free food, massages, dry-cleaning, generous paychecks right out of college, and hipster-approved social status. The fact that Tech Titans don't dominate the Fortune 100 list makes no sense. These companies really dote on their employees, with perks that would be impossible to imagine at most other firms. What's the deal? Is it possible that the culture of Silicon Valley has some cracks in it? More interestingly, does Agile have anything to offer the Tech Titans? I think it does.

8. Getting Rugged DevOps Right [Link]
By @weekstweets | Published by @devopsdotcom

Jack, an accomplished application security pro, tells me, "The developers won't talk to us.  It's like we speak a different language.  They are releasing new builds so fast, how could they check each one for security vulnerabilities?  We can't move as fast as they do." Then in the next moment, Diane, a DevOps pro, let's me know, "Our current security team's tools and practices can't keep up with the pace we have now established.   If it doesn't fit, it doesn't get done here." I have heard this little ditty ‘bout Jack & Diane so often in the past two years, it could be a hit record. I imagine you have heard it too.

9. Dev Loves Open Source. Ops Needs Scale. Now What? [Link]
By Joe Senner| Published on @devopsdotcom

At the heart of the divide between Dev and Ops are the very different needs and constraints of each organization. Traditionally their day-to-day lives are very different. So are their war stories. And so are the metrics that are traditionally used to judge Dev and Ops. Predictably, the two organizations can end up internally competing with one another over (among other things) resources and IT automation tool selection. Part of the driving force behind the DevOps movement is to reduce this unproductive internal competition. Even with the increased levels of trust and communication that DevOps fosters, IT Operations teams will still have different criteria for IT automation than their colleagues in Dev.

10. Internet of Things and DevOps with Anders Wallgren [Link]
By @anders_wallgren | Published on @software_daily

The Internet of Things era is upon us, and with it the related concerns of security, privacy and reliability of the connected systems. This episode explores these issues and how companies can prevent these problems through better development processes and lifecycle management. Anders Wallgren is the CTO of Electric Cloud, which builds products to help companies optimize their software build, test, and deployment process.

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Anders Wallgren is Chief Technology Officer of Electric Cloud. Anders brings with him over 25 years of in-depth experience designing and building commercial software. Prior to joining Electric Cloud, Anders held executive positions at Aceva, Archistra, and Impresse. Anders also held management positions at Macromedia (MACR), Common Ground Software and Verity (VRTY), where he played critical technical leadership roles in delivering award winning technologies such as Macromedia’s Director 7 and various Shockwave products.

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