Blogs

13
Nov

A Journey of the DevOps Variety – Part 1

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I have recently had the privilege of joining Pillar, an exciting new project as part of their DevOps team. As a relatively junior developer, this was always going to be a journey of discovery and it was that in spades! ♠️ Our task was to take a React-native project and to create a Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) pipeline […]

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31
Oct

30 Days of DevOps: Test Automation and Azure DevOps

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Coding best practices are becoming the norm. More and more development teams are acquiring habits during their developments such as TDD and even BDD. Despite this meaning having to shift left completely the testing, it’s something that for some teams still take years to digest, so we have to go step by step, and the […]

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26
Oct

30 Days of DevOps: Azure resources, environments and Terraform

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Managing Azure Resources is a piece of cake, isn’t it? Just log into the Azure portal, select or create a resource group and begin administering your resources. Quite straightforward, right? But, let’s say we have a case where we have to have 9 Windows 2016 Servers installed for a new team of developers that are […]

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23
Oct

30 days of DevOps: Jenkins and Jira

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Another DevOps day at MagenTys. Part of DevOps is to increase transparency and improve the end-to-end traceability of our user stories from the conception to the release out of the pipeline. There are different ways to bring that in. One typical case is how we can track development activities inside our Jira tickets. Jira has […]

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19
Oct

30 Days of DevOps: Application Logging

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How do you analyse the behaviour of your application or services during development or when moving the code to production? This is one of the most challenging things to control when we deploy software into an environment. Yes, the deployment is successful, but is the application really working as expected? There are a number of […]

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13
Sep

So, you think you know DevOps?

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I wrote my first article about what DevOps is and how to start with it in October 2015. Back then, there was not much information about DevOps, but Agile was peaking up, and some processes like Application Lifecycle Management and SDLC were very well known. Likewise, with “DevOps” tools, there were some, but not to […]

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26
Jul

Using Azure Key Vault to store Terraform secrets

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When teams start to work with Terraform, especially in POC-type projects, sometimes secrets are directly hardcoded in Terraform files in order to have results quickly. However, we all know that this is not best practice at all. Having hardcoded secrets in Terraform files means that secrets are available to any user with access to the […]

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27
Apr

My First CukenFest

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Recently the company I work for (MagenTys) co-sponsored CukenFest 2018. I didn’t know quite what to expect from my first Cukenfest conference but as a Junior SDET I was impressed with the line of speakers. They included Dan North (who coined the term BDD), Aslak Hellesoy (creator of Cucumber) and Gaspar Nagy (creator of Specflow)…so […]

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04
Apr

A DevOps Journey

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Recently, the team and I finished another DevOps project, so we wanted to share with you the challenges we faced during our journey. Usually, at MagenTys the traditional DevOps engagement doesn’t take longer than 6-8 weeks depending on the complexity of the solutions and the DevOps practices needed to enforce. The DevOps level of maturity […]

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14
Mar

DevOps Kitchen: How SonarQube, Azure Container Instances, Linux and VSTS work together

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Gone are the times of Microsoft and Linux living in parallel universes, nowadays with the introduction of Cloud Services and Containers, the matter of choosing an OS is meaningless. While practicing DevOps, you will find out that the technologies and tools used are not the most important part, we should be instead focusing on fast […]

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23
Feb

DevOps Tools: Should I use Bitbucket or GitHub?

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In keeping with our journey around DevOps, today I wish to focus on DevOps tools. At MagenTys, it is not uncommon that someone has come to us with the same problem, they want to move their version control solutions from a source code version that was “imposed” some time ago, to something more modern, broadly accepted […]

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05
Feb

Why should you spend your free time within the tech community?

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When I started at MagenTys I was unaware of what a “Meetup” was, of course, I have heard of the term “meet-up” but I always thought this was a general term used to y’know “meet up” with someone. In case I didn’t use the term enough in my last sentence*, the definition of Meetup is “an […]

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24
Jan

The power of tech meetups

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Prologue Shamyla, a software tester from London reflects on her experiences with tech meetups after speaking at the Community for Agile Testing meetup & other groups in 2017 and the positive outcomes which are to be gained from attending. — It’s December 2017 and I’m reflecting on the year gone by.  I’m currently in the […]

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17
Nov

Consultancy 101: How to connect a team when you’re not so connected?

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Being a consultancy, we have members of our team that work remotely on client site and some who work within our offices based in London and Wales. This can come with a few complications when it comes to company culture, communication, and team unity, or so you would think. We like to think that we try our […]

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27
Oct

What Agile Delivery 2017 taught me about organising a tech conference

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So, having been with a tech company for about a year I was now familiar with what to expect from a tech event, having been to a few myself including Cloud and DevOps World at London’s ExCel centre in June. These type of events are relatively simple to organise, you pay a fee to the organiser […]

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13
Oct

SMEs vs The Big Consultancies: Getting What You Pay For – Lessons From Christopher Ward Watches

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I run a consultancy which operates within a niche software domain, we are a team of 30+ working to help some of the biggest brands ship better software faster. We have built a good reputation, we price fairly, we value every client from small to large and do a great job that lasts long after […]

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13
Oct

Habits: Approaching Enterprise Transformation like Personal Transformation

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My personal transformation (please note; I’m not about to turn into a butterfly) experience over the past year has highlighted some of the reasons why most enterprise IT / Digital / Business transformation programmes don’t work. The majority of my success is down to small habit changes and 1-2-1 coaching aimed at improving parts of […]

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07
Sep

Agile Delivery 2017: Meet the speakers

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As we countdown to Agile Delivery 2017, we would like to introduce you to our wonderful speakers and their talks!   Nick Brown – Agile Lead @ PwC Nick has previously operated as a ScrumMaster for teams within PwC and as a ScrumMaster for Royal Mail on their Digital programme. Rather than focusing on a […]

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25
Jul

Don’t miss ‘Kick-start BDD for your organisation’ webinar!

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QASymphony and MagenTys have partnered together to bring you a free webinar on the top tips for starting BDD in your organisation. If you are doing BDD or thinking about starting this growing methodology, you won’t want to miss out on this session. Join us on August 2nd, at 2:00 pm and let Mike Scott of […]

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25
Jul

Join us for our Quickstart Bootcamp!

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Join our expert trainers and mentors for a 3-day intense hands-on boot camp to help you build the foundations for shipping better software, faster. This course is primarily aimed at Testers and Developers who want to get going with BDD (Behaviour Driven Development), Test Automation and JIRA, however, it is also suitable for others such […]

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25
Jul

More speakers & sponsors announced for Agile Delivery 2017!

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MagenTys are excited to announce that we have added some great names to the already solid line-up of speakers for Agile Delivery 2017! Firstly, we welcome Jenny Martin, consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach specialising in agile delivery, quality improvement and innovation games. Jenny believes that great teams are built on collaboration, shared responsibility and by embracing individuality […]

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11
Jul

We’re exhibiting at the Digital Festival in Cardiff

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MagenTys are thrilled to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Digital Festival at Tramshed Tech in Cardiff from 18th-19th September 2017. Drop by and find out what we do for companies like M&S, UK Gov, UsTwo, L&G, Dunelm, Aldermore and many more. Digital Festival will bring together the industries leading innovators and investors […]

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04
Jul

Agile Delivery 2017 is coming!

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In its second year, Agile Delivery is the flagship event of 2017 for the software industry focusing on by example case studies and trending topics in Agile, Automation and DevOps for Retail, Finance, Government and Digital sectors. This one-day conference will take place on October 18th at The Crypt on the Green in Farringdon. Agile […]

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29
Jun

BDD and Agile Workshop with Adventures with Agile

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To kick-off our partnership with Adventures with Agile, we co-delivered a hands-on full day workshop on Agile and BDD at Headspace in Farringdon, London. After an injection of coffee and some pastries to start the day off right, Mike Scott, Principal Consultant at MagenTys, began the first workshop of the day. The main topic for […]

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28
Jun

MagenTys have arrived in Wales

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  MagenTys have achieved accelerated growth in head count and revenues over the past 12 months, working on some great projects across BDD, Test Automation and DevOps engineering. This growth is enabling us to invest in new areas and our key strategic initiative for 2017 is our expansion into Cardiff. For the past 2 years […]

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05
Jun

Effective BDD Example Mapping Sessions

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  Effective Example Mapping Sessions Example Mapping is an effective technique for achieving a focused discussion around a User Story.  However, holding effective example mapping sessions takes experience to master.  When coaching teams new to example mapping, I have found that they can often struggle in the beginning; leading to discussion wandering and meetings dragging […]

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22
May

Special price on Atlassian Assessments!

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Over 50{af8723c1f93a301e238482aef44e60fee0ab7def501262309d53fe66a24bb326} Off our 3 and 5-day Atlassian Assessments   For a limited time only we are offering our Atlassian assessments at a special price, these include a 1-2-1 consultation by one of our Atlassian experts as well as practical guidance on the Atlassian suite.         Not sure what package is best […]

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18
May

Come see us at Cloud & DevOps World and win a free DevOps assessment!

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Come see us at our stand located right near Networking Bar B, at stand number CL504. Find out how MagenTys can help you and how we helped companies like M&S, UK Gov, UsTwo, L&G, Dunelm, Aldermore and much more. Also, find out how you can win a free DevOps assessment! Part of TechXLR8, London Tech […]

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14
Mar

We’re Exhibiting at TEST Focus Groups 2017!

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MagenTys are delighted to announce that we are exhibiting at TEST Focus Groups 2016 which will take place at Park Inn by Radisson by London Heathrow on 21st March 2017. Come find out what we do for companies like M&S, UK Gov, UsTwo, L&G, Dunelm, Aldermore and much more. The TEST Focus Groups is a […]

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09
Mar

“If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it.”

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“I often say that when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it; but when you cannot measure it, when you cannot express it in numbers, your knowledge is of a meagre and unsatisfactory kind; it may be the beginning of knowledge, but you have […]

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07
Mar

Tash’s Atlassian exam success

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Congratulations to Sm “Tash” Tahsin for being one of the first people in the world to pass Atlassian’s Agile Development with JIRA Software Exam!   If you have any questions or like to find out how we can help you with Atlassian’s suite of products, don’t hesitate to contact us today!

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24
Feb

OKR Framework for goal setting

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Companies have been setting goals for a long time. Even before the management discipline came about, there were various ways organisations put together a strategy to achieve their vision. After Peter Drucker pioneered the Scientific Management, approach to goal setting has evolved along with the market landscapes. While Management by objectives (MBO) has been used […]

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23
Feb

Is it time to improve your ITSM?

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Let’s starts with a simple question. Are your IT services really working? You might say, “Yes they’re working great for us! We have a ticketing system that is hooked up to our website, where the customer can raise issues directly!”Perhaps you’re using emails as your main communication channel with clients, and an internal messaging app […]

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21
Feb

JOIN US AT ATLASSIAN APPROACH TO ITSM

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  After the success of our previous Atlassian event back in November 2016, MagenTys are delighted to announce our next FREE event ‘Atlassian Approach to IT service management’ in London on Wednesday 29th March 2017. This event will take place at Headspace event studio in Farringdon and will be a mixture of discussions and a hands-on […]

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15
Feb

The Value of being faster

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There is a common ‘wisdom’ these days that software development should move faster. From agile to continuous delivery and DevOps, everything is about the need for speed. But many people struggle to understand the benefits of ‘faster’. At a gut level people believe that the faster they go the more they are able to do. […]

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15
Feb

The value of being faster

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There is a common ‘wisdom’ these days that software development should move faster. From agile to continuous delivery and DevOps, everything is about the need for speed. But many people struggle to understand the benefits of ‘faster’. At a gut level people believe that the faster they go the more they are able to do. […]

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09
Feb

The Tech dummy diaries: Bug Vs. Defect

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Let me start off with this, I am a tech dummy, when I hear the word ‘bug’ my first thought is “where?” and “Can I squish it?”. Now I am surrounded by the term and not because I found myself working for a very busy pest control centre. I am a marketing executive for a […]

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07
Feb

We’re sponsoring ProgsCon 2017!

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MagenTys are delighted to announce that we are sponsoring ProgSCon 2017 which will take place at Skills Matter event space: Code Node in London on Friday, 28 April. Come see us to find out what we do for companies like M&S, UK Gov, UsTwo, L&G, Dunelm, Aldermore and many more. ProgSCon will explore trends such […]

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03
Feb

MagenTys awarded government supplier status

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MagenTys have been accepted to retain our status on the Digital Outcomes and Specialists (DOS), a Crown Commercial Service (CCS) framework for suppliers of teams (Outcomes) and individuals (Specialists) for the UK public sector. Digital Outcomes and Specialists is part of the Digital Marketplace, a solution that public sector organisations use to find digital and […]

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03
Feb

BDD Kickstart in Sydney

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My name is Anthony and I am a Test Manager. In November 2016 I attended a BDD (Behavior Driven Development) workshop in Sydney because I wanted to get a fresh perspective on how testing can work within an agile project. On the surface, BDD seemed like the answer to a recurring problem that I have […]

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