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  • Spreading CMMI Practices among Agile Teams in Big Organizations

    Agile methodologies have become mainstream because they provide a better fit to the modern, changing software world. CMMI is a cross-organizational approach which has proven successful in terms of quality assurance and cost when executed properly. Big organizations with self-organized agile teams can achieve technical maturity levels, by using a common metalanguage and a good-practices catalog.

  • Kanban - Isn’t It Just Common Sense?

    We have seen how the notion of heuristics is powerful when thinking about product development. The Agile Manifesto can be thought of as a set of heuristics, with individual Agile processes and practices. This Kanban Thinking model includes 5 kanban heuristics that encapsulate the key areas to focus upon, along with 3 impacts that encapsulate the areas of improvement.

  • The Essence of Software Engineering: Book Review and Interview with Ivar Jacobson

    The essence of software engineering introduces the Software Engineering Method and Theory (SEMAT) initiative, and describes how it can be used in software development to understand and improve the way of working. It uses agile principles to support self-organizing teams in adopting agile and lean development practices. An interview with Ivar Jacobson, one of the authors and leaders of SEMAT.

  • Application Performance Management Maturity Model

    In this article, author Jim Hirschauer justifies the importance of application performance management (APM) process in organizations. He also describes a maturity model for application performance management with three different levels of maturity.

  • Agile Hybridization - Novel Experimentation or "They just don't get it."

    Chris Goldsbury discusses the perceived conflict between waterfall and agile processes and identifies a set of context factors that provide guidelines for adopting an appropriate hybrid process between the two.

  • Design For Hybrid Agile Adoption

    Offshore Development is a critical success factor for many organizations as is adopting Agile methodologies. However, these two techniques have never worked well together. Overcoming this challenge, “Design for Hybrid Agile Adoption (DH2A)”, is a methodology defined to successfully execute Agile projects in a distributed and out-sourced environment. This article provides an overview of DH2A.

  • Agile Strategy Manifesto

    A successful business strategy starts with unique value creation. But for an organization to realize the full benefit of it’s business strategies it must develop and maintain them using an Agile approach. An Agile mindset and careful application of feedback provided by an iterative implementation will help retain value and turn good business strategies into great business strategies.

  • Interview and Book Excerpt: CMMI for Services

    CMMI for Services(CMMI-SVC)is a process improvement framework developed by the SEI for service providers. InfoQ spoke to Eileen Forrester, co-author of CMMI for Services: Guidelines for Superior Service and manager of CMMI-SVC. In this interview we cover adoption practices for CMMI-SVC and its relationship with CMMI-DEV, ITIL and Agile accompanied by relevant excerpts from the book.

  • Interview and Book Excerpt: CMMI for Development

    The CMMI for Development (CMMI-DEV) framework, developed at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), can be used to improve product quality and project and organizational performance. InfoQ spoke with Mike Konrad, co-author of the book published on CMMI-Dev framework.

  • Service-Oriented Architecture Maturity

    In this IEEE article, Richard Welke, Rudy Hirschheim and Andrew Schwarz discuss a SOA maturity model that can be used to achieve organizational objectives, by accounting for the different motivations for SOA adoption by stakeholders like IT administrators, business managers, and enterprise leaders.

  • Who Moved my Product Value?

    At the outset, it seems like agile is all about short-term focus and a product life cycle is typically the polar opposite – it runs the total gamut in the spectrum that is the life of the product, starting from incubation to end-of-life. So, how does one attribute the relationship between the two? This is where product value comes in.

  • SOA Governance Maturity – an Architect’s View

    This article presents a framework of SOA Governance processes, a maturity model, linked to the processes and a description of how architects should be involved in these processes. The authors provided some practical guidelines on how architects can lead or provide support at the various processes of the lifecycle and maturity levels.

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