Twelfth day of Christmas… Deployment memes!

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… twelve Deployment memes!

eleven blogs a-plenty, ten women of Sitecore, nine sessions of trainingeight tweets a-tweetingseven VSTS featuressix GIFS a-dancingfive Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

Last year I brought you an installment of Sitecore memes, and this year my webinar on Continuous Integration and Deployment allowed me to round up a whole new set of memes. Here is the 2016 list of Deployment memes!

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Eleventh day of Christmas… Blogs A-Plenty!

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… eleven re-blogged posts!

ten women of Sitecorenine sessions of trainingeight tweets a-tweetingseven VSTS featuressix GIFS a-dancingfive Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

As a fun twist, each post has been given a new classic ‘link-bait’ title. You won’t believe your eyes!

  1. Three Easy Sitecore Instance Role Configurations
  2. Six Steps to custom TDS Post Deploy Steps
  3. Need Continuous Everything now? Read more!
  4. 7 Sitecore Burst videos… number 4 will surprise you!
  5. You wouldn’t believe what happened at Sitecore Symposium!
  6. This Big Bad Wolf won’t scare you after you read this post
  7. Are you using VSTS and NuGet? You need to read this now!
  8. Got Sitecore? Want HTTP/2? Your IT team is probably telling you no. Here’s why!
  9. Multi-tenant? Multi-site? And SSL? With Sitecore? Yes you can!
  10. I hate best practices and so do you (okay, so this one was already pretty link-baity…)
  11. Can’t find the roles in your TDS package? Read this to unlock the secret.

Tenth day of Christmas… Women of Sitecore

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… ten women of Sitecore!

nine sessions of trainingeight tweets a-tweetingseven VSTS featuressix GIFS a-dancingfive Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

Nick Wesselman said it well in his post asking for people to nominate deserving women to be Sitecore MVP:

“Diversity of people means diversity of ideas, and more female role models will only help to grow and strengthen the Sitecore community as a whole.”

Today’s post highlights 10 women of the many who have made significant contributions to the Sitecore community. These women not only excel in their field, but have shown they are among the best of the best across the entire world: any gender, any race, any nation.

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Ninth day of Christmas… Sessions of Training

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… nine sessions of training!

eight tweets a-tweetingseven VSTS featuressix GIFS a-dancingfive Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

Throughout 2016, Akshay Sura and Mike Reynolds have been bringing unofficial Sitecore training! Below are links to the 8 previous sessions, and the 9th upcoming session in January. Some of them even have videos you can stream online if you missed them!

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Eighth day of Christmas… Tweets a-tweeting!

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… eight tweets a-tweeting!

seven VSTS featuressix GIFS a-dancingfive Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

With this blog, I’d like to bring back some of the tweets I liked in 2016 to highlight some great content from throughout the year!

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Seventh day of Christmas… VSTS features in 2016

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… seven Team Services features!

six GIFS a-dancingfive Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

If you have been using Visual Studio Team Services, you know that Microsoft regularly releases new functionality to the application throughout the year. Today we’ll recap seven new features released in 2016! These may not be the biggest changes, but they are the ones I like to see in the evolution of a product.

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Sixth day of Christmas… Animated GIFs!

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… Six GIFs a-dancing!

five Golden Rules!
Four Community Sitesthree Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

SIDE BAR: I don’t care what the creator of the acronym says, it’s pronounced with a hard G…

Here’s a look at some animated GIFs brought to you via Sitecore blogs from around the community!

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Fourth day of Christmas… Community Sites

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true blog gave to me… Four Community Sites!

.. three Maturity Modelstwo Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

Community Docs

Built by the community, this documentation covers everything from MVC to xDB to SPEAK:

https://sitecore-community.github.io/docs/

Sitecore Community Forums

Built by Sitecore, powered by Telligent, these forums have gamification achievements built-in and the Sitecore product team monitors these forums, as well as the community itself. Great place to get some help when things aren’t a simple “Q&A”:

https://community.sitecore.net/

Sitecore Slack

Initially orchestrated in 2015, this community has grown over the last year into an amazing channel-based chat tool with over 1500 members sharing and helping each other out.

https://sitecorechat.slack.com

Sitecore Stack Exchange

Possibly the most impressive thing to come from the community this year was the creation of the Sitecore Stack Exchange. Thanks to a few key community members who drove the rapid rise of the community through Private Beta, the site is now in Public Beta. Anybody familiar with Stack Overflow or the rest of the Stack Exchange network will recognize the Q&A format.

http://sitecore.stackexchange.com/

*BONUS:* A Sitecore Stack Exchange post on ways to interact with the Community:

http://sitecore.stackexchange.com/questions/1689/how-can-i-connect-with-the-sitecore-community

Third day of Christmas… Maturity Models!

On the third day of Christmas my true blog gave to me… three maturity models!

.. two Sitecore PaaS features, and Sitecore in a NuGet feed.

Customer Experience Maturity Model

Sitecore released a maturity model a while back to guide organizations through the various stages of engaging a customer.  Great for seeing where you line up and how you can get to the next stage. You can download the PDF here:

Sitecore Customer Experience Maturity Model

DevOps Maturity Model

Last year I released a maturity model for continuous improvement of your DevOps practices. I use this as a guide for helping put together a roadmap for organizations looking to improve their delivery. Download it here:

DevOps Maturity Model

SEO Maturity Curve

Nothing like a little search engine optimization to ring in the holiday season! Details of SEO might be constantly changing, but the maturity of investment in SEO is always there. Check it out:

the-seo-maturity-model-across-microsoft