Rally Software and Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) are researching the impact of agile software development practices using data from Rally’s Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform. InfoQ interviewed Larry Maccherone and Jim McCurley about their collaboration, measurements from the study, conclusions from the analysis and plans for further research.
This article argues it is inherently wrong to set up software metrics to try and 'improve' the software development process. Using a fictitious scenario, this article explains the reasons why it is wrong, the damages it may cause, and offers some alternatives for managing software development.
Ever wondered about how and why we estimate on agile projects? In his first article on InfoQ, David Morris draws on his own experience with since the 90s, and that of several leading agile writers, to explore the topic of agile estimating: what it is, how we typically do it, why we should bother, a brief appraisal of the #NoEstimates debate, and closes with some advice for people new to it all.
Story cards are a long-established tool for keep track of requests and populating a backlog. The way most teams use story cards actually restrict value delivery - this article suggests alternatives. 6
Planning and budgeting large complex projects leads most often to (unwanted) surprises. Insights from beyond budgeting can help to increase flexibility, and focus on business value. 1
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
Capers Jones compares the effectiveness of Agile and Scrum with a sample of contemporary software development methods using several standard metrics. 19
In this article the author shares his thoughts and experience gathered while working together with DEV teams, trying to make sense of metrics. He introduces the practice of Metrics-Driven-Development. 9
While stories are commonly used to prioritize development, a basic divide has formed over whether it should be done with numbers or without. 1
Building on their work on Real Options, Chris Matts and Olav Maassen are writing a graphic novel to explain the concepts and share their knowledge. They discussed the novel and the process with InfoQ.
Our panel of leading experts explores some of the challenges and thought processes that go into making their apps as scalable and performant as possible. 1
Developers and the business use numbers differently, leading to poor communication. Here the "Spirit of Agile" tells a developer the trick: translate non-computational issues into number language. 3