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The Flexibility of Agile: Flaw or Strength?

by Ben Linders on  Jul 18, 2013 4

The principle of “responding to change over following a plan”, is it a strength or a flexibility that can’t work in practice? For example, what about agile projects that had difficulties managing changes and customers who expect too much flexibility? Can agile not live up to its promises, or is it the way that teams and organizations have adopted agile that is causing the problems?

Simplicity for Building the Right Thing

by Ben Linders on  Jun 20, 2013

At GOTO Amsterdam 2013, Russ Miles did a lightning talk about building the right thing in 5 questions: the 4 questions from impact mapping “Why? Who? How? and What?” and one additional question “What assumptions underpin everything?”. InfoQ did an interview with him about building the right thing using simplicity.

Finding Ways to Improve Business – IT Collaboration

by Ben Linders on  Jun 06, 2013 2

Collaboration between business and IT can be a problem in enterprises. People are finding ways to better support the business needs and increase the business value of IT, using business IT fusion, DevOps or sociocracy.

Just How Much Do Failed IT Projects Cost?

by Shane Hastie on  May 26, 2013 3

Failed IT projects have a significant impact on the global economy, and on the public perception of the IT industry. Just how much is wasted on failed IT? In 2009 it was estimated to be over 6 Trillion USD. Not confident of those results Michael Krigsman got two experts to calculate the wasted funds and came to a "mere" 3 Trillion dollars.

"February Revolution" Aims to Focus Software Delivery on Business Outcomes

by Shane Hastie on  Feb 25, 2013

In February 2013 a group of authors, speakers, consultants and practitioners met to identify the common elements in their approaches to focusing software delivery on business outcomes. The group identified some underlying principles and practical steps that organisations and teams can take to help ensure the products they "build the right product" to maximize business value.

Business of Software Engineering - Throughput Accounting and the Theory of Constraints

by Michael Stal on  Aug 08, 2012 1

In his recent blog posting “Theory of Constraints and Software Engineering” Steve Tendon addresses why throughput accounting should be preferred over cost accounting in software development organizations. He also provides a simple model for throughput accounting that is applicable to software engineering.

Agile's Next Wave: Transforming the Business

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Feb 13, 2012 4

A recent Forrester report gives evidence to the advance of agility into the business world. This article reviews this trend and some of its potential implications.

The Lean Startup Frenzy

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Dec 29, 2011 5

Is the Lean Startup movement another fad or a real source of value creation? The implications of the latter are extreme. If Lean Startup is a real way to achieve consistent success in new ventures then Eric Ries may have cracked the code toward persistent venture success and ultimately: wealth creation.

Product Backlog Ordering, Sequence for Success

by David Bulkin on  Dec 29, 2011 16

Historically, some product owners have prioritized backlogs by making pairwise comparison of projected economic return between two items in isolation. Successful Agile teams often take a holistic approach, accounting for risk, dependencies, and the complex interplay among and across backlog items.

Controversial Opinions on Software Patents - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

by Michael Stal on  Aug 26, 2011 9

Patents are quite often in the news these days, most notably the ones related to smart phone vendors like HTC, Samsung, Google and Apple. This also holds for the rather emotional and controversial discussion about software patents which some consider as a means to ensure innovation and others as a kind of weapon. Do software patents cause more harm than good, or vice versa?

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