Susan Atkinson and Gabrielle Benefield argue that the standard contract model for software development is based on outdated and flawed assumptions, and that this is contributing to the high rates of failure in IT projects, regardless of whether the IT projects are resourced internally or outsourced to a third party. The contract model is in need of a total overhaul.
Offshore Development is a critical success factor for many organizations as is adopting Agile methodologies. However, these two techniques have never worked well together. Overcoming this challenge, “Design for Hybrid Agile Adoption (DH2A)”, is a methodology defined to successfully execute Agile projects in a distributed and out-sourced environment. This article provides an overview of DH2A.
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
Michael Poulin explores the different contexts in which SOA patterns are applied; how the products from different vendors influence patterns and its effect on the responsibilities of business and IT. 14
Julian Everett and Chris Matts describe an IT business case as a meme - one that is competing in the complex ecosystem that constitutes a market sector and show its implications. 3
This article explores the structural economic changes brought up by service orientation and how the concept of services and the reuse of services promise long lasting relief from the cost treadmill.
Pierre Bonnet argues that information systems are too opaque and not agile enough. He claims this is the main reason why "healthy" companies can collapse within months as they take on too much risk. 5
SimpleTicket, a newly open-sourced Rails app provides insight into progress and innovation enjoyed by Ruby on Rails advocates and paints a vivid picture of a dynamic, modern startup.