Larry Cooper and Jen Stone have written a book which provides advice and techniques for blending agile practices with portfolio, program and project management, taking a value focused approach to managing the outcomes of initiatives rather than focusing on the activities and practices which are the center of many methodologies. They spoke to InfoQ about the book and the ideas behind it.
Knowing the basics of software development can greatly improve the project outcome; however, that alone is not enough to prevent project failures. Projects can be categorized as failures because of cost overruns, late deliveries or poor quality, but the right estimation processes can increase the likelihood of project success.
An interview with Gojko Adzic, David Evans and Tom Roden on why they wrote this book, how quantifying quality can support testing, balancing trust levels when testing large and complex systems, why automating manual tests is almost always a bad idea, on using production metrics in testing, how to reduce or prevent duplication in test code, and on upcoming books in the fifty quick ideas series.
Little’s Law helps teams that use user stories for planning and tracking project execution, with a project buffer to manage inherent uncertainty of a fixed-bid project and protect its delivery date. 4
James Grenning talks about why people are not doing technical practices sufficiently or well enough, TDD and unit tests, and on becoming better in discovering "bad code”.
An interview with Jan Bosch about getting benefits from increasing delivery speed, steps after adopting Agile and DevOps, using experiments to innovate, and practices for experimentation.
The book The Software Craftsman contains stories, examples and practical advice for software developers and other project professionals to achieve technical excellence and customer satisfaction. 1
Software developers spend time and energy on building the best possible products looking at web frameworks, using a NoSQL or SQL database, etc. There's another equally important aspect: culture. 1
Developers across the globe attend coderetreats to learn from each other and refine their software design skills, but how do they work? What do people say about them? How can we make them even better? 3
At then recent Agile Singapore conference James Grenning presented two technically focused talks - one on the importance of technical excellence and the other teaching test driven development. 3
This article describes what ‘Evo’ is at core, and how it is different from other Agile practices, and why ‘done’ should mean ‘value delivered to stakeholders’. 1
This article shows how to do planning using reference class forecasting with the #NoEstimates paradigm which promises more accuracy in forecasts. 13