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Agile Tooling Survey - What Is Your Team Using?

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Oct 18, 2006 2

Pete Behrens of TrailRidge Consulting wants to know what kind of tooling Agile teams are using, and not just software engineering tools: also requirements management, project management, acceptance testing and remote collaboration software. This is a quick, vendor-independent survey.

Study: Co-Located Teams vs. the Cubicle Farm

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Oct 13, 2006

Many trainers agree that co-location is essential to really see the benefits of Agile, but proof of this has been largely anecdotal. On the ScrumDevelopment list recently, an interesting conversation was launched when a member pointed out a study conducted at a Fortune 50 auto maker, comparing productivity gains in collaborative workspaces versus traditional cubicle culture projects.

Why 1994 and 1998 CHAOS Stats Differ Widely

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Oct 03, 2006 13

Jim Johnson, creator of the CHAOS Chronicles on project failure, answers a question outstanding after our August interview: How does he explain the amazing change in cost overrun from 189% in 1994 to 69% in 1998? Apparently Standish planned to publish a CHAOS report in 1996 but held it back due to these unexpected results. Johnson shares what their research revealed happened.

Survey: Leaders Say Agile Has "Crossed the Chasm"

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Sep 14, 2006 26

Diana Larsen leads a lot of retrospectives... So, it's not surprising that, when she asked herself "Where is Agile going now?" her response was to run a retrospective of her own. She found that leaders in our community are convinced: Agile methods have "crossed the chasm" to become a respectable alternative for managing and working in software projects. InfoQ brings you this exclusive article.

Presentation: Agile Project Management Planning and Budgetting

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Sep 12, 2006 5

What happens to planning when teams "self organize"? Agile methods are empirical: plan it, do it, evaluate, plan again. David Hussman reviews practices for planning a project, release, iteration.

24.37% of Web Developers to Try Ruby in Next 12 Months

by Peter Cooper on  Sep 06, 2006 7

A recent SitePoint survey of 5000 Web developers show 24.37% are set to try Ruby in the next year.

InfoQ Interview: Jim Johnson, Creator of the CHAOS Chronicles

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 28, 2006 11

InfoQ editor Deborah Hartmann interviewed the creator of the CHAOS Chronicles, Standish Group founder and chairman Jim Johnson. The Standish Group's statistics on project failure are widely quoted, as they have been since the first survey results came out in 1994. Jim spoke with Deborah about his research, and the role of Agile in changing the IT industry.

IT Hiring Trend: Business Savvy Mandatory

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 20, 2006 2

Ziff Davis' August surveys find that IT is growing in all sectors, leading to increased IT hiring. And though execs express a significant preference for IT professionals with a head for business over technical wizards, they anticipate these will be hard to find. Particularly in demand are professionals in project management, business-process redesign, business analysis and systems integration.

Opinion: Inability to Adopt Agile May Signal Bigger Problems

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 19, 2006 12

Peter Coffee, IT industry veteran, blogged on the recent Digital Focus survey of the state of Agile practice, noting that obstacles to Agile adoption are also general danger signs of development dysfunction.

Industry Survey Reveals The Bitter Truth About IT ROI

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 17, 2006 1

A Ziff-Davis CIO Insight survey on Business Value reveals little improvement in how, or how well, IT is measuring value, even though most firms now try to use metrics such as IRR, NPV, return on assets, or activity-based costing. There's no consensus or consistency on which measures to use, or when to use them. And half of respondents doubt that the measures are even accurate.

Survey: The State of Agile in Practice

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 13, 2006

In March Scott Ambler surveyed over 4,200 people to discover the actual rate of Agile process adoption and effectiveness. His conclusion: Agile is not only growing in popularity, it's working so well that adopting an Agile approach appears to be an incredibly low-risk choice. Ambler recently published not only his conclusions but also the raw data he collected.

Measuring Performance in the Adaptive Enterprise

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 09, 2006

Traditional thinking has turned budgets into fixed performance contracts that force managers at all levels to commit to specified financial outcomes, despite the fact that many of the underlying variables are beyond their control. As Agility increases the futility of this exercise becomes apparent. Thought-leader Jim Highsmith proposes a helpful alternative more harmonious with Agile values.

Jim Highsmith Proposes An Adaptive Performance Management System

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Jul 28, 2006

Jim Highsmith, Director of Cutter Consortium's Agile Project Management Practice told the APLN Leadership Summit audience yesterday: "...to achieve truly agile, innovative organizations, a change in our approach to performance management systems is necessary... 'Conforming to plan' while delivering scant business value will seriously impede agility, whether in projects or the entire enterprise.

Digital Focus Unveils Market Survey Results at Agile2006

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Jul 26, 2006

The survey finds Agile Software Development gaining momentum: interest in Agile methods is growing across the IT landscape with 81 percent of those surveyed either actively using Agile development within their organization or looking for opportunities to do so. Launched at the Agile 2005 Conference to assess the state of agile adoption, this year 136 execs in 128 organizations responded.

Agile Fixed Price Contracting

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Jul 03, 2006 2

On the high-volume ScrumDevelopment newsgroup, an interesting question has appeared, once again: "Is it possible to run SCRUM with fixed price contracts especially custom projects?". Ron Jeffries, Mike Beedle and others offer replies from experience.

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