Infrastructure Envisioning

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The challenge now focuses on how to build an infrastructure that supports Agile while also not obstructing the progress of the team that must continue to deliver value. One suggestion is to utilize a newly termed approach entitled Infrastructure Envisioning.

With that in mind, consideration should be given to the idea of "envision the future" then "adjust and implement incrementally". This essentially applies an incremental approach to the continuous establishment of an effective infrastructure.

Envision the Future
In order to get an idea of the context of infrastructure, it is important to envision the infrastructure needs of the new produc,t understanding that things are subject to change. Within an Agile framework, this may be best served by implementing an iteration 0 approach that focuses on a high-level infrastructure model. The goal of infrastructure envisioning is to identify the initial scope of the infrastructure, access the feasibility of technologies, and then establish a reasonable go-forward direction. From here, it is important to understand that the while we have a reasonable go-forward direction, that we will continue to revisit the direction and adjust as appropriate.

Infrastructure Dependency on Architecture
Within some Agile frameworks, there are models that describe an iteration 0 or inception phase, where high-level envisioning of requirements, design, and architecture occur. These three engineering fields can help provide content to the infrastructure framework, but none more so than architecture. Architecture helps provide construction guidance for the infrastructure. This is particularly true since

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Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira

<strong>Mario Moreira</strong> is a Columnist for the CM Journal, a writer for the Agile Journal, an Author, an Agile and CM expert for CA, and has worked in the CM field since 1986 and in the Agile field since 1998. He has experience with numerous CM technologies and processes and has implemented CM on over 150 applications/products, which include establishing global SCM infrastructures. He is a certified ScrumMaster in the Agile arena having implemented Scrum and XP practices. He holds an MA in Mass Communication with an emphasis on communication technologies. Mario also brings years of Project Management, Software Quality Assurance, Requirement Management, facilitation, and team building skills and experience. Mario is the author of a new book entitled “<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/0470746637?tag=cmf06-20&amp;camp=213761&amp;cre... Configuration Management for Agile Teams</a></strong>” (via Wiley Publishing). It provides an Agile Primer and a CM Primer, and how to adapt CM practices for Agile Teams. Mario is also the author of the CM book entitled, “<strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Software-Configuration-Management-Implementation-R... Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap.</a></strong>” It includes step-by-step guidance for implementing SCM at the organization, application, and project level with numerous examples. Also consider visiting Mario’s blog on CM for Agile and Agile adoption at <a href="http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/">http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/</a>.
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