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How Feature Flags Enable Agile Decisions and Improve CI/CD

[fa icon="user"] Sean Sullivan [fa icon="calendar"]  Sep 16, 2020 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Software developers and their stakeholders look forward to seeing their hard work come to fruition. Deployments can loom large, but they often get delayed. Business decisions can commonly interfere with deploying critical bug fixes or can negatively impact deployment cadence.

Enter feature flags. They are a feature management tool that give companies the power to decouple business decisions from technical decisions, shorten the time from deployment to release, and improve CI/CD. Here's an introduction to how feature flags work, their benefits, and providers.

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The SRE Model and Its Business Implications

[fa icon="user"] Sean Sullivan [fa icon="calendar"]  Jun 3, 2020 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) is a discipline created by Google engineers that replaces the traditional approach to operations with something nimbler. It applies engineering expertise to operations and infrastructure problems, which allows for reliability at scale, quicker deployments, and a well-defined system environment. Here’s an overview of the SRE model and considerations for incorporating it into your development process.

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Backlog Grooming Best Practices That Drive Successful Agile Sprints

[fa icon="user"] Sean Sullivan [fa icon="calendar"]  Dec 18, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

One way to prevent disorganized agile sprints is to maintain a healthy product backlog. It helps you keep track of all items that need to be completed during a project, including stories, tasks, sub-tasks, and any other details that help identify and complete features, improvements, or bug fixes. Items are entered into the backlog in the form of issues or tickets, depending on which agile project management system you use. In this article, we’ll discuss what a healthy backlog looks like, why backlog grooming is essential, and how to do it effectively.

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How Successful IT Leaders Facilitate a DevOps Culture for Large Teams

[fa icon="user"] Sean Sullivan [fa icon="calendar"]  Oct 30, 2019 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 1 Comment

If you’ve considered shifting your team to a DevOps approach, you’ve probably realized that it’s not always a straightforward process. Change takes time and will almost always encounter resistance. Here are three steps successful IT Leaders take when transitioning large teams to a DevOps culture and mindset.

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Agile Communication Plan Best Practices for Successful Outsourcing

[fa icon="user"] Sean Sullivan [fa icon="calendar"]  May 1, 2019 10:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 1 Comment

Outsourcing software development can be a great way to add expertise and productivity to your team. However, successful outsourcing is only possible with a clear-cut agile communication plan. Here are a few best practices for effective communication from project initiation to product delivery.

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