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  • Solving the Gordian Knot of Chronic Overcommittment in Development Organizations

    by Rolf Häsänen and Morgan Ahlström on  Feb 13, 2014 2

    Why do we promise more than we can deliver? Why do we say yes when we are already too busy? Chronic Overcommitment is a pervasive problem in the IT industry. In this article we take a look at the behaviors that drive over commitment and the dynamics at play in your organization the make it a difficult problem to solve. Finally, we offer some advice to those who suffer from this affliction.

  • Kanban’s service orientation agenda

    by Mike Burrows on  Jan 29, 2014

    This second article in the series on the Kanban “nine values, three agendas” model explores the service orientation agenda. Building on the sustainability agenda, this agenda adds the values of customer focus, flow, and leadership. Individually, each of these brings some challenge; collectively, they can represent to a significant sense of direction, a much more outward-looking approach to change.

  • Meet Elaine: A Persona- Driven Approach to Exploring Architecturally Significant Requirements

    by Jane Cleland-Huang on  Dec 15, 2013

    Often, requirements elicited from stakeholders describe a system’s functionality but fail to address qualities such as performance, reliability, & availability. Documenting these requirements is often overlooked because there are implicit assumptions that the system will perform to expected levels. This article describes a process developed on the idea of persona sketches to address this problem.

Sell Before You Build

Posted by Naresh Jain on  Nov 25, 2013

Entrepreneurs apply lean-startup to try to sell their product/service even before they build it: "make sure you have paying customers". Naresh Jain shares his approach to find effective MVPs.

Discover to Deliver: Author Q&A

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Oct 14, 2013

Ellen Gottesdiener and Mary Gorman have written a book titled Discover to Deliver: Agile Product Planning and Analysis. They recently spoke to InfoQ about the ideas behind the book.

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

Posted by Ben Linders on  Jul 29, 2013

Enterprises want to understand customer needs and deliver products that create value. How Yammer test their business customer hypotheses, and why they focus on the architecture of their products.

Interview with Eduardo Miranda about Estimating and Planning Agile Projects

Posted by Ben Linders on  Jun 24, 2013

Eduardo Miranda from Carnegie Mellon University explains planning in agile projects, planning techniques, and the impact of agile on project management offices and the project manager role. 4

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.

Interview and Book Excerpt: Mastering the Requirements Process

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Mar 13, 2013

Suzanne and James Robertson have released the 3rd edition of their book Mastering the Requirements Process. This edition includes material focused on requirements in agile projects and outsourcing.

Automated Error Reporting: The Gateway to Better Quality

Posted by Laila Lotfi on  Aug 28, 2012

Laila Lotfi explains how using automated error reporting results in greater customer trust, higher renewal rates, lower maintenance costs, and fewer opportunities for the competition. 2

Faster, Better, Higher – But How?

Posted by Michael Stal on  Feb 20, 2012

One of the main challenges when designing software architecture is considering quality attributes. Not only their design turns out to be difficult, but also the specification of these attributes. 2

Interview and Book Review: Specification by Example

Posted by Shane Hastie on  Oct 24, 2011

Gojko Adzic has written Specification by Example in which he provides advice and guidelines on adopting this approach as a way to create living documentation on a software development project. 7

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