Fixed price contracts are evil - this is what can often be heard from agilists. On the other hand those contracts are reality which many agile teams have to face. But what if we try to tame it instead of fighting against it? How can a company execute this kind of contract using agile practices to achieve better results with lower risk? This article will try to answer those questions.
This article by Miko Matsumura discusses why people are pursuing SOA, whether SOA is dead, what SOA Governance is, what the relationship is to SOA itself, how it differs from management, how SOA differs from integration, and why SOA and SOA Governance continue to be significant issues for the Enterprise.
Power consumption by servers is of increasing concern to business and IT management. This Intel article discusses the sources of power consumption as a function of server form factor and workload; power consumption of other components, power supplies and conversion, plus heat generation and cooling demands. How to estimate consumption and design factors affecting consumption are also covered.
After our August interview, readers asked how cost overruns could have jumped from 189% in 1994 to 69% in 1998. This month's CHAOS newsletter looks at the mid-90s events impacting project planning. 13
Agile Alliance Board member Diana Larsen recently asked her fellow board members: "Where is Agile Headed?" This article compiles the trends they've seen and expect to see over the next 5 years. 26
The creator of the CHAOS Chronicles, Standish Group founder and chairman Jim Johnson, spent some time with InfoQ discussing his research, and the role of Agile in changing the IT industry. 11
Traditional budgets demand committments based on variables beyond managers' control. To support the adaptive organization, Jim Highsmith proposes a two-part model for project and team performance.