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  • Q&A on the Book Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performance Technology Organizations

    The book Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performance Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim, explores the factors that impact software delivery performance and describes capabilities and practices that help to achieve higher levels of throughput, stability, and quality.

  • Improving Corporate Cognitive Performance in IT Organisations

    The biggest tool in the software engineer’s toolkit is the brain, yet few organisations go out of their way to educate and create the conditions in which the brain can work at its best. Explore the different domains of the brain and their links to the performance of software engineers and see what organisations can do to create workplaces that propagate advanced levels of cognitive performance.

  • Quantitative Analysis of Agile Methods Study (2017): Twelve Major Findings

    Donald Reifer is continuing his research into the use, misuse and application of agile methods in industry. The latest survey draws on data from 3,000 completed projects generated by 150 organizations located around the world. This article presents the results of that research.

  • The Role and Importance of Communication in Post-Hierarchical Leadership

    Communication is important in a modern, post-hierarchical business. Based on theoretical and empirical research which analysed the role of internal corporate communications in a post-hierarchic leadership system, this article explores fundamentals of post-hierarchic management and leadership and underlines how corporate communications can act as a catalyst to foster and enable such a new paradigm.

  • Big Data and IT-Enabled Services: Ecosystem and Coevolution?

    In this article, based on a research study, author presents big data as a service-oriented and evolutionary case of disruptive IT-enabled services (IESs) rather than as datasets. Big data services emerge from combining diverse resources from an ecosystem of technologies, market needs, social actors, and other institutional contexts.

  • Q and A on The Scrum Culture

    Dominik Maximini researched the cultural aspects of organizations that are using Scrum. He published the findings of his research, together with principles for implementing Scrum and suggestions on how to apply these principles and a case study of a Scrum transformation, in the book The Scrum Culture.

  • Q&A on the Book More Fearless Change

    The book More Fearless Change: Strategies for Making Your Ideas Happen by Mary Lynn Manns and Linda Rising provides patterns that can be used to drive change in organizations in a sustainable way. It contains updated descriptions of the 48 patterns from the book Fearless Change and provides 15 new patterns.

  • What We Do and Don't Know about Software Development Effort Estimation

    In this article, author talks about how to improve the accuracy of software development effort estimations. He suggests to use relevant historical data improve estimation accuracy and to avoid early estimates based on incomplete information. He also discusses how to measure and predict productivity in software projects.

  • Quantifying the Impact of Agile Software Development Practices

    Rally Software and Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) are researching the impact of agile software development practices using data from Rally’s Agile Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) platform. InfoQ interviewed Larry Maccherone and Jim McCurley about their collaboration, measurements from the study, conclusions from the analysis and plans for further research.

  • Agile Research

    The article applies the Agile Principles to the field of qualitative academic research, with the emphasis on conducting the investigation using the Grounded Theory Methodology. An “Agile Research” approach identifies the “customers” of the research, delivers publication draft at the end of short iterations, and carries out the research in sprints that focus on defined research activities.

  • Sustainable Architectural Design Decisions

    Software architects must create designs that can endure throughout software evolution. In this article, based on a research study the authors discuss the criteria that can help architects assess architectural design decisions’ sustainability. They describe the challenges to achieving sustainable decisions, criteria for such decisions, solutions they tried, and lessons learned.

  • 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.

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