Infrastructure Envisioning

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After each infrastructure piece is delivered and effectively implemented, then acquire feedback on the infrastructure functionality as input for adjustment and prioritization for the next iteration. Let us look at each strategy in more detail.

Assess Risk
Now that you have a high-level view of the infrastructure stack and layers therein, it is time to identify risks that can prevent success. It is important to manage risk, as it provides lead time into potential problems that can slow velocity. By identifying and assessing infrastructure related risks, the more serious risks can be appropriately mitigated. This ensures we do not waste time upfront focusing on lesser risks and also do not waste time later on resolving a problem that could have been prevented if a mitigation of the greater risk had occurred.

Prioritize
Prioritization of infrastructure needs allows the project team using Agile and those involved in establishing the infrastructure with a means of knowing how much value certain tools are to the infrastructure and then implementing them in a just in time (JIT) approach. As an example, the need for a server and desktops typically are high priority or work cannot get done so they should be available when the project team is ready in the first iteration. However, prioritization of other tools in the support layer may be a lower priority or until such time as the effort to implement them is outweighed by the need to have them in place. Another example of this is configuration management (CM) tools. Sometimes on new projects, people avoid a CM tool or use a very simple CM tool. Howeve,r as code starts to change frequently and many

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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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