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  • 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.

  • Applying Lean Thinking to Software Development

    by Steven Peeters on  Dec 05, 2013 2

    Lean’s major concept is about reducing waste, meaning anything in your production cycle that is not adding value to the customer is considered waste and should therefore be removed from the process. Steven Peeters explains how you can apply Lean principles in an IT environment.

  • Interview with Capers Jones on Measuring for Agile Adoption

    by Ben Linders on  May 30, 2013 1

    Why would you want to use measurements if you are adopting agile? Because top executives would like to know how projects will turn out before spending money on them, and measuring results helps to improve future predictions. Capers Jones shows how you can measure productivity and quality, and looks at agile practices that have proved to be beneficial for teams.

Interview and Book Review: Enterprise Software Delivery

Posted by Craig Smith on  Feb 20, 2013

"Enterprise Software Delivery" is the latest book by Alan W. Brown, and is a must-read guide for anybody concerned with the development and delivery of software in a large organisation.

Tradeoffs: Giving up Certainty

Posted by Paul Dolman-Darrall on  Dec 20, 2012

Giving up certainty doesn't mean giving up predictability. This article examines 4 flow choices for software delivery and presents 3 choices for IT Delivery: Throughput, Flexibility & all out speed.

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

Using Kanban to Turn Around Distressed Projects

Posted by Steve Andrews on  Aug 22, 2012

This case study describes how Kanban and lean development techniques were used to rescue a distressed project that had violated its budget, schedule, and quality constraints. 13

My Experience as a QA in Scrum

Posted by Priyanka Hasija on  Jul 17, 2012

The QA role in Scrum is much more than writing tests and reporting bugs. In this article, Priyanka Hasija shares her experiences and the valuable lessons learned while serving as a QA in Scrum. 32

The Developer-Tester Divide

Posted by Gil Zilberfeld on  Apr 25, 2012

The software industry has created two separate roles: The developer and the tester. Traditional software development put these two at odds. Now, agile practices are bringing them together again. 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

The Rise of Application Analytics: A New Game Demands New Rules

Posted by Sebastian Holst on  Dec 27, 2011

When developers know how their applications are really being used “in the wild,” they will build better software. Sebastian Holst shows you how using application analytics.

Trust is good, Control is better - Software Architecture Assessment

Posted by Michael Stal on  Nov 29, 2011

Testing is an important means to obtain information about code. What is common for code, can't be neglected for software architecture. This is where software architecture assessment comes to help. 2

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