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Thoughts on 6-Sigma and Agile

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Question that comes up from time to time: “Does anyone have Agile project which is Six Sigma? How these two things Six Sigma and Agile complement each other on software product development project? “ My answer: In theory Agile and 6-Sigma should fit, they both have their roots in the quality movement. A cursory glance at the 6-Sigma toolset reveals ...

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Towards Compliance as Code

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Infrastructure as Code is fundamental to DevOps. Automating the work of setting up and maintaining systems infrastructure. Making it defined, efficient, testable, auditable and standardized. For the many of us who work in regulated environments, we need more. We need Compliance as Code. Take regulatory constraints and policies and compliance procedures and the processes and constraints that they drive, and ...

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GitHub and Jenkins integration

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Jenkins is a well-know term in many teams around the world and has been for quite some time now. As many organizations migrate their source code form centralized version control systems to git, GitHub seems like a great tool to support and simplify work with git. Needless to mention its great support for code reviews by the concept of pull ...

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Features do not a Product Roadmap Make

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Last month, Mike Smart of Egress Solutions and I gave a webinar for Pragmatic Marketing on product roadmapping when working in agile environments. We had a great turnout of over 1500 people in the session – with not nearly enough time to answer all of the questions. One attendee asked, “Please explain how a prioritized list of features is not a ...

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Fuse Fabric Profile Migration for Continuous Delivery

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JBoss Fuse is a powerful distributed integration platform with built in features for centralized configuration management, service discovery, versioning, API gateway, load balancing, failover, etc for your integration-focused microservice deployments. JBoss Fuse 6.x is built on top of the Fabric8 1.x opensource project. This blog post shows how to use the powerful automation already built into Fuse to build up ...

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Thin Vertical Slices of Value

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I recently had a conversation with two colleagues where I was trying to explain the advantages of frequently delivering thin vertical slices of value, versus working on separated components and integrating at the end. I have been familiar with this concept for so long, and generally give it for granted, but while explaining it, I found myself at a loss and ...

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Neo4j: The learning to cycle dependency graph

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Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reading about skill building and the break down of skills into more manageable chunks, and recently had a chance to break down the skills required to learn to cycle. I initially sketched out the skill progression but quickly realised I had drawn a dependency graph and thought that putting it into Neo4j ...

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Microservices for Enterprises Part I

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Technology is the foundation of differentiation whether you’re a large enterprise or the small startup. If businesses fail to embrace that fact, they run the risk of losing marketshare and ultimately headed for the history books. Providing new services, products, or innovative creativity to improve the experience of existing services all have a foundation in technology and IT can help ...

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Java 8 Lambdas in One Line

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If you understand this line, or better still can write this code you can pretty much say that you have understood the essence of Java 8 Lambdas. Certainly in as much as they can be used with collections. I found this in a recent presentation by Peter Lawrey.  (Definitely worth watching the whole presentation when you have a spare hour.) Anyway ...

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