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Mindfulness and Situational Awareness in Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Nov 12, 2014 1

To thoroughly remove waste in a process you need flow to deliver just in time, and mindfulness and situational awareness in organizations to handle problems with processes and built in human intelligence. Organizations apply concepts from flow to develop what is needed and when it is needed and use pull to prevent inventories. What they also need is “Jidoka”: mindfulness and situational awareness.

Agile Testing for Automotive Systems

by Ben Linders on  Oct 29, 2014

Agile testing can be used when developing software for automotive systems. To adopt agile techniques in automotive the automotive SPICE V-model needs to be adopted to agile. One result from combining agile and SPICE as Xavier Martin presented at the QA&Test 2014 conference is that “intensive automated testing and client demonstrations helps to produce better products, rising clients satisfaction”.

Adapting Test Teams to Agile Projects

by Ben Linders on  Oct 28, 2014

Testing teams and their managers need to unlearn the traditional mindset and practices when they want to adopt an agile way of working says Navneet Goyal. At the International Conference on Software QA and Testing on Embedded Systems he gave a talk about how test teams should adapt themselves in agile projects.

Mixing Agile with Waterfall for Code Quality

by Ben Linders on  Oct 17, 2014 4

The 2014 CAST Research on Application Software Health (CRASH) report states that enterprise software built using a mixture of agile and waterfall methods will result in more robust and secure applications than those built using either agile or waterfall methods alone. InfoQ interviewed Bill Curtis about structural quality factors, and mixing agile and waterfall methods.

The Importance of Discipline in Agile

by Ben Linders on  Oct 16, 2014 4

Agile software development is sometimes perceived as an undisciplined way of working. There are organizations which use that perception as an excuse to not adopt agile. According to others agile is actually a more disciplined approach than waterfall for software development. Let’s explore how discipline plays a role in agile and why discipline is considered important for agile to be successful.

Death by Planning in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Aug 28, 2014 1

Management can get the feeling of losing control when their enterprise adopts agile and starts deploying self-organizing teams. Procedures, review boards and consultation bodies can become superfluous when switching to an agile approach, but they may not realize that, says Marcel Heijmans. Trying to regain control with additional planning can make things worse, causing "death by planning".

How to Do Just Enough Up-front Design

by Abel Avram on  May 09, 2014 3

This article includes advice for doing enough up-front architectural design to provide the needed structure to start a project, aligning the team with the architect’s vision and assessing the possible risks.

Reduce Waste by Changing from Waterfall to Agile

by Ben Linders on  Sep 19, 2013 4

Organizations adopt agile to be able to handle changes. Agile helps teams to deliver products that satisfy the needs of customers; products which do not contain unneeded (and unused) features. Lean software development says: everything not adding value to the customer is considered to be waste. How can a transition from waterfall to agile software development help organizations to reduce waste?

Survey Confirms Scaling Agile Across The Organisation Is Still A Challenge

by Craig Smith on  May 19, 2012 2

Forrester have recently released the results of their November 2011 Global Agile Software Application Development Online Survey in a report entitled "Survey Results: How Agile Is Your Organization?" It contains a number of interesting findings around how organisations that have adopted Agile are dealing with their implementation.

The Management View of Agile - Unaware or Unwilling?

by Craig Smith on  May 04, 2012 6

A series of recent articles by Steve Denning on Forbes have highlighted the challenges that the Agile community faces to get acceptance by mainstream management.

Drilling Down Into Agile Success Factors

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Apr 24, 2012 1

Scott W. Ambler provides some analysis on the latest Agile State of the Art survey. InfoQ follows up with some other insights and questions.

Real IT Project Success in 2011

by Shane Hastie on  Jan 01, 2012 9

Scott Ambler published the results of his annual IT project success survey, in which he examined the impact of methodology on project outcome. He looked at five different "development paradigms" and how they influence project outcome: ad-hoc, iterative, traditional/waterfall, agile and lean. Ambler's definition of success is deliberately subjective - how did the customer feel about the outcome?

Agility Meets Austerity

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Dec 06, 2011 3

As western governments struggle with difficult debt to GDP ratios, the UK is turning to innovation and agile practices to help create a more efficient and less risky IT project delivery framework.

DeMarco Reflects on 40 Years of Software Engineering Evolution

by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 20, 2009 3

40 years after the NATO Conference on Software Engineering, Tom DeMarco paused to reflect on the discipline's evolution, wondering whether the metrics orientation he championed has distracted from the real point of computing: "transformation, creating software that changes the world." Is his earlier advice valid, though? "No", he said, in Software Engineering: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone?

The Dire Consequences of Fixed Price Projects

by Ben Hughes on  May 03, 2007 6

In a recent newsletter, Scott Ambler looked at why fixed price projects tend to overrun and often fail to solve the business problems they set out to conquer. Scott named the key problems in fixed price projects, identified the bad habits they encourage for customers and developers, and ended with a call to revisit how we fund our IT projects, offering an alternative.

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