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AccuRev Enhancements related to Issue Based Development

AccuRev Enhancements related to Issue Based Development

As a stream based SCM, AccuRev is well suited to support IBD workflows. The stream model with inheritance allow organizations to frame their delivery process as a stream structure a have the AccuRev SCM do a lot of the heavy lifting in regards to enabling parallel development and enabling integration. That said, there are two specific feature sets provided in AccuRev integral to its ability to enable IBD.

Change Packages

Change Packages provide the mechanism for tracing work items (stories, defects, etc) to the code that fulfills them, and are a key ingredient for IBD.  The AccuRev v6.2 release that is coming next month will provide the 3rd installment of significant enhancements to Change Packages that begun with AccuRev 6.0. Lets quickly re-cap the improvements that have been made over the last 3 releases and why they are important.

IBD2 AccuRev Enhancements related to Issue Based Development

Over the last year, Change Packages have evolved into an extremely powerful tool in management IBD and agile delivery. See Jack Flynn’s excellent video on Change Package improvement.

AccuSync

AccuSync is an ALM integration solution that allows you to bi-directionally synchronize work items from different tools such as Agile planning (Rally, Jira, Borland Agile) or defect management (Jira, Bugzilla, HP) aggregating them and making them available to the IBD workflows implemented in AccuRev.

AccuRev has invested heavily in this technology in terms of supported integrations, feature set, and performance, and offers this as a significant improvement over the prior generation integration technology, AccuBridge. AccuSync facilitates IBD at a massive scale while minimizing administrative costs.

Tools to Implement Sound Practices.

With these new capabilities that have been delivered over the last year, AccuRev has doubled down on its leading capabilities around IBD. However, tools without practices get us nowhere. Next we will explore the best practices that our customers follow to implement effective IBD.

 

 

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Issue Based Development and why you should care.

Issue Based Development and why you should care.

AccuRev has been touting issue based development for some time now, but the timing is right to revisit this topic for two reasons.

First, with the AccuRev v6.2 release just around the corner, I wanted to re-cap the significant, issue based development enhancements that have been delivered in the last 2 AccuRev releases, as well as preview the latest set of features that will be delivered in v6.2 next month.

Secondly, over the last 12 months we have helped quite a few existing and new customers adopt issue based development practices to accelerate their agile development, and I wanted to share some of the practices, patterns, and experience that have come out of those efforts. Over this short blog series, we’ll cover the significant enhancements that have been made over the last 3 AccuRev releases to optimize issue based development, the patterns and best practices that our customers are applying to implement issue based development in their environments, and how issue based development provides the SCM mechanics for agile development at scale.

To start, lets quickly re-cap what issue based development is, and how organizations benefit from it.

What is Issue Based Development & Why Do I Care?

It’s very simply really.

Issue based development is a set of practices and technique that marry together the process and mechanical aspects of software change management into a simple, streamlined software delivery workflow that provides both governance as well as agility.

Control

IBD starts with a process where all work is tracked as an issue. These issues are managed, prioritized, and assigned. As they are worked, they move through a defined workflow. What I am describing here is a basic change management process. The main difference with true issue based development is that this change management process is intimately embedded in the tools, workflows, and mechanics of day to day software development, testing, promotion, and release such that developers, testers, and release engineers can do the “right thing” naturally while developing software (without the process impeding them). This brings both governance and productivity in software development.

Collaboration

If implemented properly, IBD is a great facilitator of collaboration among developers, testers, and product owners across teams and projects. The “issue” itself becomes a collaboration point, and the mechanics of delivering code to address that issue reinforces that collaboration through continuous integration, shared workspaces, and universal visibility.

Traceability

Traceability between requirements or work items in a plan (agile stories, enhancements, tasks, defects, etc) and source code changes is maintained with IBD. For example, if I am a release manager that needs to ensure that a specific enhancement is delivered in the next release, I can look in the work management system (whether that be an agile delivery or a change management  tool), and quickly trace that enhancement record to the code changes that implement and the configuration that those code changes live in. I can have 100% confidence that the enhancement is present in the configuration that I am about to release.

Visibility

As a development or release manager, IBD enables me to have complete visibility over all work across my project. Not just from a plan perspective, but real visibility into the state and location of code associated with users stories, tasks, enhancements, defects, etc giving me real clarity into both project progress as well as delivery payloads.

Adaptability

The combination of visibility, traceability, and streamlined SCM mechanics that IBD provides enables teams and organizations to quickly adapt their delivery plans and make late stage delivery decisions. This allows them to accelerate agile delivery, and be much more responsive to their business stakeholders and customers, while also bringing efficiency to their release end game.

More to Come

Over the next series of posts I will outline the new features that have been delivered in AccuRev over the last 2 releases that help our customers optimize their issue based development workflows, a set of best practices that have been gleaned from working with our customers to implement these workflows, and finally, how issue based development equates to agile and continuous delivery.

 

 

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GitCentric 2014.1 update

Borland proudly announces GitCentric 2014.1.  This latest release frees developers to use Git without compromising the benefits of an enterprise-class Software Change and Configuration Management (SCCM) platform.

GitCentric allows the power and flexibility of Git to be enhanced with security, audibility, and development process visualization.   Users now have the tools necessary to browse a repository and respond to change.  The Source Tree page enables review of files associated with a specific commit (new, deleted, or modified), the Branches page helps determine the state of divergent branches in a repository so users can react as needed, while the Commits page give a view of the commit history of a specific branch or tag.

To discover more please feel free to visit our GitCentric pages here.

GITCENTRIC GitCentric 2014.1 update

 

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