Having started out on a Joyent appliance, migrating to Linode, and, finally, to Amazon with a Bitnami stack, we noticed the common pain of manually configuring each of these environments. Bitnami caused us an even bigger headache by being very difficult to update (apt-get doesn't update the bitnami wrapped AMP stack). We decided to get … Continue reading How to set up wordpress on ec2 using puppet and git
For nearly four years Dan and I have shared our experiences and ideas about agile development and DevOps. We would like to ask you, our dear readers, how we could help you to become even more agile and have more fun doing your job. Please help us to understand your needs better by taking our … Continue reading Agile Web Development & Operations: What do YOU want it to be?
You’re a lucky guy. Your web app runs on the biggest server available. It takes a mere 10% CPU and has tons of free memory available. Everything is great. Well, not everything… One tiny, little detail might jump out of the darkness at the worst possible moment… That tiny, little detail is a collection of … Continue reading How over-capacity hurts your scalability
Almost 9:30am. Time for our stand-up. What did I finish yesterday? What do I plan on finishing today? What's stopping me? The daily routine of the morning stand-up is so ingrained, I go through the above liturgy without conscious thought. For me, the stand-up provides a focused center for the team, our morning huddle. We … Continue reading The Daily Standup: One step closer to the goal
Self-organizing teams perform better than micro-managed ones. The ability to really make a difference motivates the team members and makes everyone contribute his best effort. But how can we create self-organizing teams when everyone is used to hierarchical command and control patterns? To be able to self-organize and perform optimally, a few basics need to … Continue reading How to make a team self-organizing
After DevOps Borat and BroOps it's time for The DevOps Dudes!
This is a guest post by Prasad Chaudhari, freelance java consultant. He was appointed as a project manager for the project mentioned below and played a role of ScrumMaster. The first prerequisite to going agile offshore is a mature and realistic understanding of agile at home. We've been practicing scrum on-site for several years including … Continue reading Optimizing Offshore Software Development with Agile
The DevOps hype produces some strange effects. Not only do tool vendors try to jump on the DevOps band wagon by declaring their products "DevOps inside" or listing DevOps as a feature, but companies start to look for a "DevOp" in their job ads. Don't be misled! Here's what DevOps is really about: DevOps Is … Continue reading DevOps is NOT a Job Description
Instead of escalating wars between departments by driving them to ever more ambitious, local goals, we need to break down the wall between development and operations. Defining overarching goals which resonate for both departments creates an environment where DevOps collaboration may thrive. Dev and Ops are separate departments Organizations typically divide their teams by type … Continue reading DevOps – Break Down The Wall
Agile developers know how to estimate story points for customer features. And while transferring this knowledge over to the project team can take a few sprints, it is speedily adopted and velocity becomes a focal point of the sprint planning games. But, if the all the project participants aren't officially on the team, a growing … Continue reading Cross-dysfunctional Teams and the Story Point Fight