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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.

Target Process Agile PM Tools v2.3 Released

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Mar 27, 2007 2

The TargetProcess planning and tracking toolset is evolving quickly. Since release 2.0, they have added Test Cases bound to User Stories and Test Plans, Subversion Integration for requirement-to-source code and defect-to-source code visibility, People Allocation Management and a public Web Services API, making v2.3 a more attractive solution for large Agile shops.

Gender Gap Continues to Increase in IT: Gartner

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Dec 14, 2006 10

A recent Gartner report on the gender gap in IT states that although many feel that women are "innately better suited than men" to navigate the new global economy, they are not choosing to enter IT - and some are leaving. Gartner predicts that by 2012, 40% of women in the IT workforce will leave traditional IT career paths.

Network Computing Reader Poll: Drop the Buzzwords, Deliver the Goods

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Nov 28, 2006 4

Over 700 IT managers responded to the 2007 Network Computing Readers' Survey, many of whom reported frustration with the internal strife and snake-oil salesmanship of technology vendors. Respondents recommended that vendors stop "promising capabilities that aren't there", and "address actual business problems, rather than chasing buzzwords."

How does Agile Development Shape Up in 2006? The VersionOne Survey

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Oct 26, 2006 5

VersionOne Software this autumn conducted a global "State of Agile Development" survey, showing that changing requirements and priorities, and time-to-market are drivers in the move to Agile adoption. Companies of all sizes were represented, up to the large global corporations, and every industry vertical, from financial services, health care, and education to video games, government, and defense.

Agile PMs Get it Right the Last Time

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Oct 20, 2006

In his Gantthead article, "Get It Right the Last Time: Developing an Agile Attitude," Doug DeCarlo challenged project managers to ditch the counter-productive "get-it-right-the-first-time" philosophy practiced for so long by so many. Instead, he has proposed some Agile attitudes to help managers think differently about what counts.

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