This article shows an internally driven and remarkably smooth Kanban implementation approach which very quickly rewarded Siemens Health Services (HS) with real and sustainable improvements in predictability, efficiency and quality. It demonstrates the benefits of “flow” and its advantages in terms of actionable metrics and forecasting capabilities based on real data captured from recent releases.
Capers Jones wrote the book The Technical and Social History of Software Engineering in which he provides an overview of the evolution of information technology and software development. InfoQ interviewed Capers about advancements and events in software engineering and the effects that they have had on our society.
Quality Code book, authored by Stephen Vance, covers the different aspects of software development lifecycle with focus on delivering quality product. In the book, Stephen discusses the practices for supporting software craftsmanship testing. InfoQ spoke with the author about the book and the best practices for testing application code.
Technical Debt only describes the current quality of a system – and gives no advice how to handle it. This article introduces “Quality Investments” that guide improvements to the code base. 4
Some 80% of all improvement and change programmes fail. Intelligent Evolution ensures long-term business success rather than short-term satisfaction of a standard or theory.
This article shares a simple technique used to address problems such as a system’s intended functionality but also qualities such as performance, reliability, portability, and availability.
Lean’s major concept is reducing waste: removing anything that is not adding value to the customer from the process. Steven Peeters explains how you can apply Lean principles in an IT environment. 2
Bureaucracy often plagues large product development efforts. Just like technical debt slows down development, process debt slows down your business. Eliminate process debt to get to market faster. 8
Commitment is a graphical business novel about managing project risks with “Real Options”, a way to improve decision making. InfoQ spoke with the authors about decisions, risks and technical debt. 1
Capers Jones shows how you can measure productivity and quality, and looks at agile practices that have proved to be beneficial for teams. 1
"Enterprise Software Delivery" is the latest book by Alan W. Brown, and is a must-read guide for anybody concerned with the development and delivery of software in a large organisation.
Giving up certainty doesn't mean giving up predictability. This article examines 4 flow choices for software delivery and presents 3 choices for IT Delivery: Throughput, Flexibility & all out speed.