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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 [...]

New Relic Synthetics Monitoring Using Selenium

What is New Relic Synthetics Monitoring? It allows us to simulate user behavior on development, staging, and production websites using Selenium, and monitor web application performance. New Relic Synthetics Monitoring collects various data points from load times, load size, failures, https status codes, downtimes, and more when running Selenium on your web application. The data gives more insight [...]

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 [...]

How ChatOps Can Improve Your Testing Process
Posted by Brena Monteiro in Best PracticesDevOpsGuest Blog Posts

Testing as efficiently as possible is key to doing DevOps well. One tool you can use to test more quickly and with less effort is ChatOps. Below, I explain what ChatOps means and how it applies to automated testing. What is ChatOps? The DevOps movement has given rise to a need to maintain visibility across the development pipeline for all team members. ChatOps, which uses chatbots to integrate [...]

New Year's Resolutions For DevOps And QA
Posted by Dan Cuellar in Best PracticesDevOpsGuest Blog Posts

2017 is upon us, and so it's that time of year where we all make pledges to better ourselves for the New Year. Whether it's to go to the gym, or to find that special someone, January is the time of year where we sit back, reflect, and set a new course for ourselves. In that spirit, I've put together a list of potential resolutions that should be of interest to readers of this blog. Containerize [...]

Unit Testing Chef Cookbooks with ChefSpec
Posted by Greg Sypolt in ChefDevOpsGuest Blog Posts

I recently had the opportunity to get involved with Chef cookbook development, and begin learning how to write some tests for infrastructure code by using various testing frameworks. One critical aspect of developing any code is writing unit tests. We use ChefSpec - it's a unit testing framework for testing Chef cookbooks. ChefSpec is simple to write. It reads a whole lot easier than other unit [...]

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