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Keep your IBM WebSphere and Rational products updated with this easy command line

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The success of Agile’s concept of self-organizing teams can be traced back to Austrian economics

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Understanding SAFe Work In Progress Limits

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WebSphere App Server 7 support ends in April 2018

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Impediments to Agile Adoption

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Implementing RDz Push-to-Client

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Performance Testing the Rational Build Agent

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A Rosetta Stone for IBM’s Jargon and Acronyms

August 16th, 2016 Kenny Smith This list is by no means complete (that would take weeks to compile). This list is constructed based on our past several months experience on IBM engagements and customers implementing IBM DevOps software. We will likely update this list well into the future.    CCM = The Change and Configuration Management application running on WebSphere…

5 Tips to Accelerate Adoption of Rational Developer for System z

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