DevOptics Update – Dec 2018

The DevOptics team is hitting speed and we are cranking new features.  The CloudBees blog and the DevOptics ChangeLog are pretty good at tracking these changes but here is super-quick pass on some of the most recent changes.

Help now with ChangeLog and Support

We added links in the help icon to the DevOptics ChangeLog and, if the account is Standard or Starter-Kit to Support

Improved Modeling of Value Streams

The graphical value stream editor has been improved to help model Value Streams earlier in the development process.  The editor now allows the creation of new gates, new phases, connecting and deleting of gates and transitions, and, separate the mapping of these gates to jobs that are being instrumented.  By separating modeling from instrumentation, DevOptics now can be used easily to describe, reason about and improve the software delivery. 

Value Streams for Micro-Services

DevOptics now supports Value Streams that have multiple ending gates.  This corresponds to a software situation where there are multiple software pipelines, delivering multiple artifacts.  In the case of us, the DevOptics team, we have one software pipeline for each server-side (micro) services, and for our plugin.

Filters per Master in CD Platform Analytics

The CD Platform Analytics now supports filtering per master

Export Metrics to CSV

Metrics can be exports to CSV format for further processing or presentation

Group Tickets by Run

Previously tickets in a gate – shown in gate details – where sorted “chronologically”.  The precise date was that of the creation of the commit.  We now show the tickets grouped by the run that made them change gates. 

The new display is much more useful.  For example, in a deployment gate, the grouping shows what features were promoted in the last run, and that is what I, as an engineering manager, can use to track that activity

Produces / Consumes for Value Streams

There is a new mechanism for tracking the production and consumption in Gates.  We support scripted pipelines, withMaven steps, and Freestyle jobs.

Here are two examples from the section on pipeline steps of the documentation 

For more details check out the documentation:

And More…

I’m using the DevOptics tag for all the posts on that topic, so you can find them all HERE.

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Work at Home Setup

I have been meaning to capture my work setup for a bit, so here is a quick note on it:

Physical Setup

Standing desk from Fully: a Jarvis bamboo adjustable.  I have a 48”x30” tabletop as I didn’t have space for a wider desk at the time but I would get a 60”x30” next time.  Desk is adjustable with electric motor w/ 4 presets. Totally worth the price.

Monitor is an old Apple 27 inch Thunderbolt.  I have two but I am currently running with a single one, with a tray for my laptop.  When I was using two monitors I had the right in landscape and the left in portrait with my laptop closed on a Kradl vertical stand, but I found I spent too much time moving windows around the screens and I like the cleaner setup of the current arrangement.   The monitor arms can handle the weight of the 2 monitors (23.5lb each), but I don’t remember the manufacturer.

Keyboard (MS Natural Ergonomics 4000) and Mouse (Logitech) wired.  Cheap and reliable.

Chair from Ikea (Vagsberg).  Height is adjustable but tilt is not.  The dimensions works for me and its a very cheap chair.  I upgraded the castors with non-marking polyurethane wheels upgraded.

Dedicated “Spare” room, shared with pets (1 dog, 2 cats).

Geography

US West Coast.  Team ranges 9 TZs; I’m at the West side of the range.  I work from home close to 100% of the time, plus trips for meetings (elsewhere in the US, Europe).

Connectivity

Sonic.net (local, running on ATT Uverse).  50Mb/5Mb. I wish I had Fiber but there is no fiber in our area and I like the service from Sonic.  NetGear Orbi tri-band (not really) “mesh” router.   WiFi is available throughout the house.

Social Setup

Kids are grown up and living on their own.  Most of my social interaction is with the team (video, Slack) and with neighborhood, which has plenty of dog walking folks and kids walking to/from school.

Join us! Looking for a RSE/OPS/Cloud Engineer for DevOptics

The DevOptics team has an opening for an OPS person to contribute to our architectural, operational and implementation activity as a modern SaaS.  We are a distributed team operating across multiple time-zones.  We are looking for somebody that will work in Eastern / Central US Time-Zone.

We interact continuously online, synchronously and asynchronously, we complement this with F2F meetings.  Below is a photo from our last F2F, in Malahide, IRL.

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Our last F2F in Malahide

Job details HERE.  Looking forward to meet you!

PS.  We collectively speak (at least) 6 languages, have 8 nationalities, and live in 7 countries.  We value diversity although, as you can see from the photo, our efforts have not been fully successful.  Apply!

CloudBees DevOptics New Features (mid-Oct ’18)

This is an indirect link to the official post.

Our team has been delivering improvements to CloudBees DevOptics since DevOps World | Jenkins World 2018 in San Francisco.  Now, as we we head to DevOps World | Jenkins World in Nice, France, I want to point out how we use the continuous delivery model ourselves to improve and update our own products.

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The rest of the post is HERE.

CloudBees DevOptics at DevOps World | Jenkins World 2018 (from CloudBees Blog)

This is an indirect link to the official post.

Last month I attended our annual DevOps World | Jenkins World 2018 in San Francisco. The event has gotten bigger every year, and – spoiler alert! – next year the conference will be at the San Francisco Moscone Center.

CloudBees DevOptics was an integral part of the event and this post will highlight new updates and features to the product. But first, I’ll give you a recap of what happened in San Francisco…

The rest of this HERE

Switching the Account for a Master

Connecting a Master – CloudBees or Jenkins – from DevOptics is very easy.  So it is to Disconnect and Reconnect with a new account.

A quick visual pass.  First disconnect your master.  You can do this here:

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Click on that Disconnect… then confirm

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And now your master is no longer connected

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Now you can reconnect again, with your new organization

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There, that’s it.

Enjoy!

DevOps World | Jenkins World 2018

And it’s a wrap!

This year’s DevOps World | Jenkins World 2018 wrapped up yesterday.  It was a very good show.  Our team had released the Free version of DevOptics earlier, but we spent all last week polishing… and some of this week too – the beauty of a SaaS product.

The event is at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, in the big rooms of the Yerba Buena level.  The event is larger every year:

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The setup for the keynotes was very nice.  These media guys do an outstanding job.  Last year they had 2 Christie Boxer 4k30 (that is 4K pixels, 30K lumens, 2,000:1 contrast!), projectors combined to provide a (very large) screen resolution of 3640×1050.  This year they had 4 of these beasts: two were used for the two side screens and two more overlapped to deliver a very cute round center screen.  The 2 overlapping projectors are at the edges of the room and there is no shadow behind the speaker

Here is Christina in front of the rotating globe.  Very sharp looking.

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Kohsuke gave his usual Community Keynote, and then Sacha and Christina presented.  DevOptics got a piece of the keynote:

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The main announcement was CloudBees suite – we are at the top, over CloudBees CodeShip and CloudBees Core (based on Jenkins):

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The trade show had nice attendance.  This year I was not running the DevOptics booth, at the back of the picture – which suited me well, I was busy keeping an eye on the actual system.

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The product itself behaved very nicely.  No service interruptions (yeah!) and only a few new bugs.  We actually fixed several during the week — SaaS FTW.   I’ll write a follow-up post on that part of the show experience this weekend.

And next year the show goes to a bigger stage – the Moscone Center!