The Secret to Fast, Reliable Builds – Part 2

In a previous blogpost by Eric Melski, he covered the basic conflict detection algorithm in ElectricMake. It’s surprisingly simple, which is one of its strengths. But if ElectricMake strictly adhered to the simple definition of a conflict, many builds would be needlessly serialized, sapping performance. Over the years we’ve made a...

The Secret to Fast, Reliable Builds – Part 1

Parallel execution is a popular technique for reducing software build length, and for good reason. These days, multi-core computers have become standard — even my laptop has four cores — so there’s horsepower to spare. And it’s “falling over easy” to implement: just slap a “-j” onto your make command-line,...

Agile Won’t Scale Without Automation: Limited Insight

This is part five of a five part series where we will present five distinct challenges that if left unaddressed will drastically reduce an organization’s ability to gain the benefits promised by a move to Agile development methods. It’s a sad fact that in most enterprises, the process of building,...

My Not-So-Secret Secrets to Management Success: Respect

Hugely important, mutual respect makes it possible to work together efficiently. Respect yourself, your coworkers, and your customers. Expect the same from everyone on your team, and help those who run into any difficulties with that. Any feedback is of course welcome (I sure hope my team won't correct me...

My Not-So-Secret Secrets to Management Success: Empowerment

Team members are empowered to make their own decisions where appropriate and know when to consult. I personally don't care for micro management (too much work for me), so when choosing members for my team I look for people with a strong sense of personal accountability who drive towards finding...

My Not-So-Secret Secrets to Management Success: Goals

In many organizations, there’s too much talk about setting goals and not enough doing it. Everybody needs to clearly understand the overall goal, and what they can do to help move forward with that goal. And let's be clear... the overarching goal is to allow for my early retirement at...

My Not-So-Secret Secrets to Management Success

So, while I was counting and assigning bugs in Jira, I started to wonder... What makes our development team (well... probably any team) successful? Aside from me being an awesome manager dude (with tie-dye t-shirts and all), the obvious answer is: people. Now that we’ve taken care of that platitude,...

Electric Cloud Customer Summit 2011 Stats

Did you know that almost 25 of the people at this year's summit had been to at least one summit before? Building on the statistics we posted previously, Eric Melski's done some deep analysis of the 2011 Electric Cloud Customer Summit over on his blog. Eric pulled together lots of...

ElectricAccelerator 6.0

Electric Cloud proudly announced ElectricAccelerator 6.0 last week. Eric Melski, ElectricAccelerator Architect, gives us a rundown of the major new features: http://blog.melski.net/2011/10/13/whats-new-in-electricaccelerator-6-0/...

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