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​No Crystal Ball Needed: Jez Humble Shares Trick to Predicting High IT Performance It didn’t hit me until after a second viewing of Jez Humble’s recent webinar with Perforce that his ways to predict high IT performance aren’t just a neat party trick; they’re absolutely essential. The days of bugs making it into production, distrust between departments, and delayed fixes and releases are becoming a thing of the past, at least among “high performers” of the world. And as the complexity of software grows year after year, being able to accurately predict success may be the only way to actually achieve it. Jez lists the following must-haves for anyone looking to consistently guarantee a high level of IT performance: Peer-reviewed change approval process Version control everything Proactive monitoring High-trust organizational culture Win-win relationship between Dev an... (more)

DevOps Use on the Rise, But Confusion Remains By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Recent Surveys Show DevOps Use on the Rise, but Confusion Remains ​I recently poured over F5’s “The State of Application Delivery in 2015” and InformationWeek’s “2015 App Dev Priorities Survey” that they presented with Dr. Dobb’s. The similarity of their titles, and even their release dates made me wonder how unique each of their findings would be, and I challenged myself to flush out any interesting findings or patterns that emerged from their collective research. Both reports were really well done, and I would recommend them to anyone looking to see if your organization is on t... (more)

A Love Letter from Cloud Dev/Test Labs By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

A Love Letter from Cloud Dev/Test Labs to Service Virtualization by Jason English In the spirit of Valentine's Day, here's a little love letter from "the Cloud" that originally appeared in our partner Parasoft's perspective guide to Service Virtualization. But we think it's especially appropriate now. Enjoy!​ - N.W., Ed. Dear SV, Hey, I know it’s been a while since we started being “a thing.” When we met, everyone said you were just mocking, and that I wasn’t real enough to make a living, with my head in the clouds. Yet, here we are, a few years later. Service Virtualization, ... (more)

Trimming Your SDLC Waste in 2015 By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

By Noel Wurst Hats off to Parasoft’s Mark Lambert and our own Jason English for their recent webinar, “New Year's Resolution: Trim Your Waste to Accelerate SDLC Velocity.” Holiday-themed online content can often be found for a dime a dozen and sadly, the cuteness of a clever title often exceeds the quality of the media itself. But Jason and Mark put together an awesome presentation that compares the importance of trimming our software development waste to the need to trim our waist after the all-to-common gorging that many tend to participate in to celebrate the end of another ... (more)

.@Skytap's New VP of Talent Ready to Share 'Seattle's Best Kept Secret'

Skytap's new VP of Talent has fascinating stories to tell and some outstanding advice for landing a job in one of the most competitive software development markets in the world—Seattle. Jill brings a wealth of experience to Skytap and will play a key role in our search for top talent looking to make a real impact in the world of cloud computing. We sat down with Jill to welcome her to the team, to learn about her career path, and to hear her advice for those who are ready to make the next step in their own careers.​ Noel: Hello, Jill! Will you take a minute to introduce yoursel... (more)