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  • The Rise of Application Analytics: A New Game Demands New Rules

    by Sebastian Holst on  Dec 27, 2011

    When developers know how their applications are really being used “in the wild,” they will build better software, more efficiently, and with greater confidence. Sebastian Holst shows you how using application analytics.

  • Trust is good, Control is better - Software Architecture Assessment

    by Michael Stal on  Nov 29, 2011 2

    Testing is an important means to obtain information about implementations. Likewise, code reviews help to keep the code quality high. What is very common for code, gets sometimes neglected for software architecture. But how can a project team test the architecture itself? Software architecture assessment represents an effective approach for introspecting and assessing software design.

  • Interview and Book Review: Specification by Example

    by Shane Hastie on  Oct 24, 2011 7

    Gojko Adzic has written the book Specification by Example, explaining the set of techniques for describing the functional and behavioural aspects of a computer system in a way that they are useful to the development team (expressed ideally as executable tests), understandable by non-technical stakeholders and maintainable to remain relevant despite changing customer demands.

Agile Strategy Manifesto

Posted by Yogesh Kumar on  Aug 04, 2011

In this article, Yogesh Kumar explains how to apply Agile techniques to create and maintain healthy business strategies. This approach can turn good business strategies into great ones. 7

QoS for Applications: A Resource Management Framework for Runtimes

Posted by William Louth on  Jul 26, 2011

This article draws an analogy between QoS for networks and for applications, resulting in a mapping guide between the two and introducing a production solution for Java, (J)Ruby, and (J)Python apps.

Agile Architecture Interactions

Posted by James Madison on  Apr 25, 2011

James Madison shows how architects can bring agile and architecture practices together to pragmatically balance business and architectural priorities while delivering both with agility. 3

Bridging Internal and External Software Quality with Sonar and JaCoCo

Posted by Olivier Gaudin on  Apr 18, 2011

In this article, author Olivier Gaudin discusses the differences between internal and external software quality and how to perform the software quality assessment using Sonar and JaCoCo tools. 2

Implementation Decision Rationales – Program Comprehension in Agile

Posted by Fabian Kiss on  Feb 28, 2011

Fabian Kiss makes the case for a lightweight approach to documenting the rationale and decision process behind design decisions to tie the source code to its meaning in the application domain. 4

Agile Finance: Story Point Cost

Posted by Christopher Goldsbury on  Aug 18, 2010

This article ties a rather abstract and developer centered concept (story points) to the real world of business (spreadsheets and ledgers). Making this connection is essential for management. 5

Ars Magna: the revolution is overdue

Posted by Dave West on  Aug 04, 2010

This essay is an intentionally provocative and controversial call for a real revolution in how we conceive of and practice software development. The intent is to stimulate discussion. 32

Who Moved my Product Value?

Posted by Mukund Srinivasan on  Jul 05, 2010

Agile seems to be all about short-term focus and a product life cycle is typically the polar opposite. How does one compare the relationship between the two? This is where product value comes in. 3

Agile Team Meets a Fixed Price Contract

Posted by Marcin Niebudek on  Jun 30, 2010

Fixed price contracts are often decried as evil, however they are something which many agile teams face. How can a company execute one using agile practices to achieve better results with lower risk? 15

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