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  • No More Technical Debt - Invest in Quality

    by Eberhard Wolff & Felix Müller on  Feb 14, 2014 4

    Handling Technical Debt in a software system is a complex challenge. Code can always be improved – but customers only care about features. This article discusses the new metaphor “Quality Investments”. It helps to better communicate the quality of the system and guide improvements by focusing on their pay off and return of investment.

  • Intelligent Evolution: Making Change Work

    by Peter Leeson on  Jan 13, 2014

    Some 80% of all improvement and change programmes fail: they did not achieve the expected results, the investment in the change programme was greater than the value achieved, “improvements” were seen as mostly bureaucratic, or changes were abandoned soon after the implementation. Intelligent Evolution ensures long-term business success rather than short-term satisfaction of a standard or theory.

  • 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

Posted by Steven Peeters on  Dec 05, 2013

Lean’s major concept is reducing waste: removing anything that is not adding value to the customer from the process. Steven Peeters explains how you can apply Lean principles in an IT environment. 2

Interview with Capers Jones on Measuring for Agile Adoption

Posted by Ben Linders on  May 30, 2013

Capers Jones shows how you can measure productivity and quality, and looks at agile practices that have proved to be beneficial for teams. 1

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

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