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The Story of Sauce - The Journey Continues
Posted by Joe Alfaro in The Story of Sauce

Back in early January, Sauce Labs had our second annual company kick-off, an occasion for both imagining the future and reflecting on the past. The previous year's kick-off was my first with the company, where I presented my vision for transforming the company into a DevOps organization based on pragmatic scrum. It was also where I came up with the idea to write these blog posts to chart [...]

The Sauce Journey - DevOps At Scale
Posted by Joe Alfaro in Best PracticesDevOpsThe Story of Sauce

In the life of every startup there comes a point, or at least you hope there comes a point, where you need to grow and scale your team. When Sauce Labs closed our last round of funding, we were able to bring on new team members to expand our skills base, increase our project capacity and velocity, and streamline our overall operations. Unfortunately, adding team members doesn't proceed in a [...]

The Sauce Journey - Build vs. Buy
Posted by Joe Alfaro in Best PracticesDevOpsThe Story of Sauce

No matter what software development process you follow, there always comes a point where you need tools to support that process. Most of the time, these tools serve the purpose of providing information inputs for your development teams, and these inputs are generally of two types: project tracking information, or operational information. In the former category you have tools like JIRA or Pivotal [...]

The Sauce Journey - Back to Pragmatism
Posted by Joe Alfaro in Best PracticesDevOpsThe Story of Sauce

One of the things I'm constantly preaching to our DevOps team is the need to approach Scrum pragmatically - as I pointed out in my post on Shu Ha Ri, the goal is to not have your team dogmatically follow a certain set of precepts or rules, but to learn how to use those as guidelines and improvise upon them to meet the requirements of your own particular situation. Recently, however, as we took a [...]

The Sauce Journey - When Will It Be Ready?
Posted by Joe Alfaro in AgileThe Story of Sauce

In the world of software development, one question rules everything: when will your project be ready for release? Unfortunately, this also turns out to be one of the most difficult questions to answer, and there are countless books on the topic of project management that attempt to lay out methods for estimating "how long it will take." Most methods, like classic waterfall, try to describe every [...]

The Sauce Journey - Global Scrum
Posted by Joe Alfaro in AgileBest PracticesScrumThe Story of Sauce

A long time ago (1963), in a technological world far, far away, JCR Licklider, the Director of the Advanced Research Projects Administration, had an idea for a a network that would allow teams at geographically dispersed research centers to engage in "cooperative programming" through networked "time share" computers. That idea was realized in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Administration [...]

The Sauce Journey - Shu Ha Ri
Posted by Joe Alfaro in AgileBest PracticesDevOpsScrumThe Story of Sauce

If you're attempting to implement an Agile/Scrum development process where none has existed before, you will surely an encounter a moment of frustration on the part of your developers. "Why do we have to do these standups?" "I don't understand why we need to assign story points, can't we just get to the projects?" "Where is my technical specification?" Like Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid, your [...]

The Sauce Journey – "Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing"
Posted by Joe Alfaro in The Story of Sauce

A few years ago, while working elsewhere, I came upon a scene of two engineers literally screaming at each other over the top of their cubicle walls about some aspect of a project. "Oh good," I thought, "they've reached the storming stage, things can only get better from here." As I talked about in my previous post, forming Scrum teams leads to emergent behavior on the part of individuals as they [...]

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