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

<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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