Infrastructure Refactoring

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Summary

When you find yourself in a position of inheriting an existing infrastructure and find that it is not well suited for Agile processes, consider the infrastructure refactoring approach. Introducing strategies such as iteration 0, thinking in iterations, a simple improvement loop, and running the infrastructure work in parallel with the project work may help you get to an infrastructure that is much more closely aligned with the project team's needs.

 

The infrastructure refactoring approach helps you focus on a series of small changes in order to preserve the overall integrity of the infrastructure and existing release processes. This reduces the risk of breaking the infrastructure therefore allowing those working in the current development stream, the maintenance stream, and the bug fix streams to continue to be productive, deploy changes to production, and ultimately deliver continuous value.

 

References

1. Refactoring Homepage " http://www.refactoring.com/ ", maintained by Martin Fowler, hosted by ThoughtWorks

About the author

Mario  Moreira's picture Mario Moreira

Mario Moreira is a columnist for the CM Journal, a writer for the Agile Journal, an author, an agile and CM expert for CA. He has worked in the CM field since 1986 and in the agile field since 1998. Mario 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. Mario is the author of Adapting Configuration Management for Agile Teams  and Software Configuration Management Implementation Roadmap. Also consider visiting Mario’s blog on CM for Agile and Agile adoption at http://cmforagile.blogspot.com/.

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