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  • Planning and Controlling Complex Projects

    by Jutta Eckstein on  Sep 02, 2013 1

    Planning and budgeting large projects is often based on trying to predict how development will turn out. Stories are estimated by the development team, but the budget for the whole project is independent from those estimates. Especially for complex projects this leads most often to (unwanted) surprises. Insights from beyond budgeting can help to increase flexibility, and focus on business value.

  • Interview with Brian Murray from Yammer about Lean Startup and using Minimum Viable Products

    by Ben Linders on  Jul 29, 2013

    Enterprises want early and frequent customer feedback to be able to understand their needs and be able to deliver products that create value for them. Brian Murray explains how Yammer uses Minimum Viable Products to test their business customer hypotheses, and why they focus so much attention on the architecture of their products.

  • The Corporate Agile Journey – A Practical Viewpoint

    by Ian Evans on  Jul 05, 2013 2

    Agile delivery, and agility in general, is not only a compelling opportunity but in many cases a necessity for survival. Although there are particular cultural and other obstacles to overcome, large organisations may be surprised at how far they already are on the road to greater agility. A suitably tailored journey plan will help harness what’s already out there and build effectively upon it.

Windows and Line of Business Applications: No Good Options

Posted by Jonathan Allen on  Jul 04, 2013

Without a deployment story WinRT simply isn’t viable for LOB applications. Meanwhile WPF, like Silverlight and WinForms, has entered its twilight phase leaving developers with a hard choice. 18

Software Development: How the Traditional Contract Model Increases the Risk of Failure

Posted by Susan Atkinson and Gabrielle Benefield on  May 28, 2013

Susan Atkinson and Gabrielle Benefield argue that the standard contract model for software development is contributing to the high rates of failure in IT projects and is in need of a total overhaul. 13

Interview with Michael Azoff from Ovum about How To Create the Agile Enterprise

Posted by Ben Linders on  Apr 10, 2013

Large enterprises face challenges in innovation, budgeting, and transformation to agile. Principal analyst Michael Azoff explains Ovum’s view on creating an agile enterprise.

The Real Question is Why?

Posted by Gordon Weir and Russ Miles on  Apr 08, 2013

The Agile movement has driven a revolutionary change in the way we build and deliver software solutions. The challenge today is building the right solution. The author challenges us to ask Why. 2

DevOps:Evolving to Handle Disruption

Posted by JP Morgenthal on  Jun 13, 2012

With continued concerns regarding IT’s ability to meet the demands of the business in light of disruptive influences and a changing economic landscape DevOps might hold an answer. 1

Net-Map - A Toolkit to Understand and Visualise Stakeholder Influence

Posted by Craig Smith on  May 01, 2012

Net-Map is a tool developed by Eva Schiffer that allows you through interviews to visualise and analyse how different people and groups influence a particular situation. 2

Communicate Business Value to Your Stakeholders

Posted by Jenni Jepsen on  Mar 05, 2012

We often talk about projects in terms of features. Yet, it’s the benefits that make people care—and benefits equal business value. Learn why communicating about benefits makes a difference. 2

Feature Injection: three steps to success

Posted by Chris Matts & Gojko Adzic on  Dec 14, 2011

Developers using TDD need the customer to provide a set of examples linked to the Business Value they provide. This article introduces Feature Injection which is a process to provide just this. 2

Interview and Book Excerpt: CMMI for Services

Posted by Jeevak Kasarkod on  Jul 14, 2011

CMMI for Services(CMMI-SVC)is a process improvement framework for service providers. InfoQ spoke to Eileen Forrester, co-author of CMMI for Services: Guidelines for Superior Service Edition 2.

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