Category Archives: ALM

Application Lifecycle Management

Managing feature flags with LaunchDarkly

I had the chance to work the Sitecore booth at MSBuild in Seattle last week and took the opportunity to walk around and meet some of the other partners in the Hub. A lot of folks are doing cool things, but one that caught my eye was the work being done by the LaunchDarkly team.

Feature toggling without deployment? Yes please!

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Trello acquired by Atlassian

If you use Trello (and there are more than 19 million of us that do) you have probably heard about the acquisition of Trello by Atlassian. While Trello will essentially still be what it is today, the team behind Trello now has some serious R&D backing.

As somebody who uses the Atlassian stack of tools daily, and also a lover of Trello, this is some pretty sweet news. I’m looking forward to seeing what integrations these teams come up with for the tool set!

TechCrunch reports that the acquisition has a value of $425 million, with $360 million in cash and the rest in shared/options. Things get official on March 31st.

The official news from Atlassian and Trello:

Twelfth day of Christmas… Deployment memes!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… twelve Deployment memes!

eleven blogs a-plenty, ten women of Sitecore, nine sessions of trainingeight tweets a-tweetingseven VSTS featuressix GIFS a-dancingfive Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

Last year I brought you an installment of Sitecore memes, and this year my webinar on Continuous Integration and Deployment allowed me to round up a whole new set of memes. Here is the 2016 list of Deployment memes!

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Seventh day of Christmas… VSTS features in 2016

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… seven Team Services features!

six GIFS a-dancingfive Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

If you have been using Visual Studio Team Services, you know that Microsoft regularly releases new functionality to the application throughout the year. Today we’ll recap seven new features released in 2016! These may not be the biggest changes, but they are the ones I like to see in the evolution of a product.

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Third day of Christmas… Maturity Models!

On the third day of Christmas my true blog gave to me… three maturity models!

.. two Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

Customer Experience Maturity Model

Sitecore released a maturity model a while back to guide organizations through the various stages of engaging a customer.  Great for seeing where you line up and how you can get to the next stage. You can download the PDF here:

Sitecore Customer Experience Maturity Model

DevOps Maturity Model

Last year I released a maturity model for continuous improvement of your DevOps practices. I use this as a guide for helping put together a roadmap for organizations looking to improve their delivery. Download it here:

DevOps Maturity Model

SEO Maturity Curve

Nothing like a little search engine optimization to ring in the holiday season! Details of SEO might be constantly changing, but the maturity of investment in SEO is always there. Check it out:

the-seo-maturity-model-across-microsoft

On the first day of Christmas… Sitecore in a NuGet Feed

On the first day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… Sitecore in a NuGet feed!

One of the great things announced this year was the Sitecore public NuGet feed for Sitecore DLLs. This really makes managing Sitecore dependencies on a project a lot easier and makes life deploying everywhere a whole lot simpler.

Here are a few extra reads for the curious: