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IT Projects: 400% Over-Budget and only 25% of Benefits Realized

by Vikas Hazrati on  Oct 31, 2011 13

An alarming study by Flyvbjerg and Budzier published in the Harvard Business Review has made everyone stand-up and take notice. The coherent advice being that IT projects are much more riskier than we think.

jStat: A Lightweight Statistical JavaScript Library

by Abel Avram on  Aug 18, 2011

jStat is a JavaScript library providing developers with statistical functions and the ability to plot graphics from within the browser. jStat can be used for statistical operations on all browsers without any external dependencies, and it requires jQuery and the flot plug-in for plotting data. jStat is a partial port of R - an open source statistical language and environment-.

IIBA announce Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge

by Shane Hastie on  Aug 10, 2010

The International Institute of Business Analysis announced the release of a first draft of the Introduction for the Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge at Agile 2010 today. They are looking for participation and feedback from Agile practitioners and business analysis professionals.

Clojure Roundup: Distribution with Crane, Mathematics with Incanter, Builds with Leiningen 1.0

by Werner Schuster on  Dec 13, 2009

FlightCaster recently open sourced Crane, a tool for distributing and remotely controlling Clojure instances, currently specialized for EC2. Incanter is a Clojure library and tool that makes R-like statistical computations easy with Clojure. Also: the build and dependency management tool Leiningen 1.0 is now available.

Metrics for Ruby With Caliper

by Mirko Stocker on  Nov 05, 2009

Caliper calculates various metrics – for example code duplication and complexity – for your Ruby code; all you need is a public Git repository.

What Software are Other Geeks Using?

by Abel Avram on  Apr 29, 2009 4

Wakoopa, a new start-up based in Amsterdam, Holland, has created a new social network aimed at discovering and sharing what applications people are using. While its user base is relatively small and geek oriented, the network provides useful insight on software usage with a social twist.

TargetProcess Offers a Free 5-User Community Edition

by Abel Avram on  Jul 04, 2008

TargetProcess has released a free 5-user Community Edition of its Agile project management software. The Community Edition contains the same features as the full edition of the product with two limitations: a maximum 5 users, and no support.

'State of Agile' Survey Open for Participation

by Chris Sims on  Jul 02, 2008

VersionOne, a maker of agile project management tools, has announced that the third annual 'State of Agile Development' survey is open for participation. The online survey is intended to gauge the value of agile development practices in the field. Results will be announced on August 4th, at the Agile 2008 conference in Toronto.

Agile Practices with the Highest Return on Investment

by Vikas Hazrati on  Jun 19, 2008 2

Return on Investment is a critical factor for decision making pertaining to following a particular software development practice. The post summarizes the ROI benefits of Agile and the inexpensive practices which lead to highest return on investment.

Results of Agile Adoption Survey 2008

by Vikas Hazrati on  May 22, 2008

In February 2008, Dr. Dobb's conducted a survey on Agile adoption and the success rate of Agile software development. The survey revealed some interesting results on various parameters, including: adoption, scalability, iteration length, and team location.

Stories of Scrum Adoption in China

by Jacky Li and Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Apr 18, 2008 1

This recent inquiry, by InfoQ China editor Jacky Li, looked at five very different cases of Scrum adoption in China, which got different results. He asked: Why did you use Scrum? How did you adopt it? What problems did you encounter, and why did it succeed or fail? Despite the small sample size, it's an interesting comparison, pointing out that improvement doesn't ensure success.

Understanding Business Value

by Mike Bria on  Mar 10, 2008 2

Aside from "Agile" itself, "Business Value" may be one of the most widely used buzzwords around the floors of any fresh agile project. But, how many of these projects actually have a good understanding of what they really mean when they're saying it? Joe Little presents his thoughts on this very question.

Does TDD Really Ensure Quality?

by Ben Hughes on  Jan 25, 2008 14

Analysis of a recent study by the National Research Council of Canada's Institute of Technology into Test Driven Development turned up some interesting observations regarding the value that this approach adds, including whether, in fact, it adds any more value to the quality process than testing after development.

How to prepare your 2008 SOA budget?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Sep 25, 2007 1

Some voices in industries have started to warn about the ROI of SOA initiatives which have proven to be often long and complex. As many still see reuse and flexibility as a major competitive asset, they might still wonder, as they prepare their 2008 budget, where to start? How to quickly demonstrate value? How to increase our maturity over time? Where do we source our skills?

Ruby x Agile: The shift from machine-performance to human-performance

by Sam Aaron on  Aug 30, 2007

This article is the second in the Ruby x Agile series, a set of six short videos exploring the relationship between Ruby and Agile methodologies, featuring Ruby creator Yukihiro Matsumoto.

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