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Do we need an alternative to the product backlog?

by Anand Vishwanath Follow 0 Followers on  Aug 17, 2012 1

A product backlog left unattended can become large and unmaintainable. The common approach of reviewing and updating the backlog regularly might be ineffective in the longer term, demanding alternatives to backlog grooming.

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Comparison of Business Analyst and Business Architect Roles Sparks Lively Debate

by Richard Seroter Follow 2 Followers on  Apr 27, 2012 4

Nick Malik, an Enterprise Architect at Microsoft, wrote a blog post differentiating business analysts from business architects and he received a swift rebuke of his stance. Malik contended that business analysts do fundamentally different work than business architects but Kevin Brennen of the IIBA strongly disagreed and pointed out the resemblances between the roles.

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Product Backlog Ordering, Sequence for Success

by David Bulkin Follow 0 Followers on  Dec 29, 2011 10

Historically, some product owners have prioritized backlogs by making pairwise comparison of projected economic return between two items in isolation. Successful Agile teams often take a holistic approach, accounting for risk, dependencies, and the complex interplay among and across backlog items.

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Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge Released for Public Feedback

by Shane Hastie Follow 11 Followers on  Nov 20, 2011

The International Institute for Business Analysis and the Agile Alliance have collaborated on a volunteer program to produce the Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge. The Extension has now been released for public comment and feedback.

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IT Projects: 400% Over-Budget and only 25% of Benefits Realized

by Vikas Hazrati Follow 0 Followers on  Oct 31, 2011 13

An alarming study by Flyvbjerg and Budzier published in the Harvard Business Review has made everyone stand-up and take notice. The coherent advice being that IT projects are much more riskier than we think.

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jStat: A Lightweight Statistical JavaScript Library

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers on  Aug 18, 2011

jStat is a JavaScript library providing developers with statistical functions and the ability to plot graphics from within the browser. jStat can be used for statistical operations on all browsers without any external dependencies, and it requires jQuery and the flot plug-in for plotting data. jStat is a partial port of R - an open source statistical language and environment-.

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IIBA announce Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge

by Shane Hastie Follow 11 Followers on  Aug 10, 2010

The International Institute of Business Analysis announced the release of a first draft of the Introduction for the Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge at Agile 2010 today. They are looking for participation and feedback from Agile practitioners and business analysis professionals.

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Clojure Roundup: Distribution with Crane, Mathematics with Incanter, Builds with Leiningen 1.0

by Werner Schuster Follow 4 Followers on  Dec 13, 2009

FlightCaster recently open sourced Crane, a tool for distributing and remotely controlling Clojure instances, currently specialized for EC2. Incanter is a Clojure library and tool that makes R-like statistical computations easy with Clojure. Also: the build and dependency management tool Leiningen 1.0 is now available.

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Metrics for Ruby With Caliper

by Mirko Stocker Follow 0 Followers on  Nov 05, 2009

Caliper calculates various metrics – for example code duplication and complexity – for your Ruby code; all you need is a public Git repository.

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What Software are Other Geeks Using?

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers on  Apr 29, 2009 4

Wakoopa, a new start-up based in Amsterdam, Holland, has created a new social network aimed at discovering and sharing what applications people are using. While its user base is relatively small and geek oriented, the network provides useful insight on software usage with a social twist.

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TargetProcess Offers a Free 5-User Community Edition

by Abel Avram Follow 4 Followers on  Jul 04, 2008

TargetProcess has released a free 5-user Community Edition of its Agile project management software. The Community Edition contains the same features as the full edition of the product with two limitations: a maximum 5 users, and no support.

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'State of Agile' Survey Open for Participation

by Chris Sims  Followers on  Jul 02, 2008

VersionOne, a maker of agile project management tools, has announced that the third annual 'State of Agile Development' survey is open for participation. The online survey is intended to gauge the value of agile development practices in the field. Results will be announced on August 4th, at the Agile 2008 conference in Toronto.

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Agile Practices with the Highest Return on Investment

by Vikas Hazrati Follow 0 Followers on  Jun 19, 2008 2

Return on Investment is a critical factor for decision making pertaining to following a particular software development practice. The post summarizes the ROI benefits of Agile and the inexpensive practices which lead to highest return on investment.

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Results of Agile Adoption Survey 2008

by Vikas Hazrati Follow 0 Followers on  May 22, 2008

In February 2008, Dr. Dobb's conducted a survey on Agile adoption and the success rate of Agile software development. The survey revealed some interesting results on various parameters, including: adoption, scalability, iteration length, and team location.

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Stories of Scrum Adoption in China

by Jacky Li Follow 0 Followers , Deborah Hartmann Preuss Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 18, 2008 3

This recent inquiry, by InfoQ China editor Jacky Li, looked at five very different cases of Scrum adoption in China, which got different results. He asked: Why did you use Scrum? How did you adopt it? What problems did you encounter, and why did it succeed or fail? Despite the small sample size, it's an interesting comparison, pointing out that improvement doesn't ensure success.

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