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  • Q&A on the Book The Corporate Startup

    The book The Corporate Startup by Tendayi Viki, Dan Toma and Esther Gons explores what existing large corporations can do to establish an innovation ecosystem able to continually create new growth avenues. Instead of striving to be a startup, they should find their own way of innovating, use their assets, and learn how to create and use business models that support innovation.

  • Offshoring Agile When You Are a Startup

    Working with an offshore partner becomes faster and cheaper as communication technologies continue to improve. It is possible to achieve agility with an offshore team as long as you understand the limitations. Although some of the principles from the agile manifesto are difficult to reconcile with offshoring, they can still be used as guidance to work effectively together.

  • How to Deal with COTS Products in a DevOps World

    Mirco Hering explains why we shouldn't leave COTS products (and the people working on them) left behind in a DevOps world. With creative solutions we can apply good practices from custom software. This leads to a significant effort reduction in the long term.

  • 7 Habits of Successful Organizations - An Interview with Erwin van der Koogh

    Erwin van der Koogh gave a talk at the Agile New Zealand conference in which he discussed the Seven Habits of Successful Organizations and how they enable business agility. Afterwards he spoke to InfoQ about the key themes from his talk.

  • How Composite C1 Found Success by Becoming Open Source

    In today’s environment it is difficult to offer commercial products, especially in highly competitive fields such as content management systems. Finding themselves being squeezed out of the market, Composite C1 found a way to thrive by releasing their core product under an open source license with cloud based hosting.

  • Software Development: How the Traditional Contract Model Increases the Risk of Failure

    Susan Atkinson and Gabrielle Benefield argue that the standard contract model for software development is based on outdated and flawed assumptions, and that this is contributing to the high rates of failure in IT projects, regardless of whether the IT projects are resourced internally or outsourced to a third party. The contract model is in need of a total overhaul.

  • 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.

  • JetBrains Developer Tools

    JetBrains is one of the few companies that thrives selling developer tools. In this interview you get some insight in their strategies, current and new products and future plans.

  • Ars Magna: the revolution is overdue

    This essay is an intentionally provocative and controversial call for a real revolution in how we conceive of and practice software development. The intent is to stimulate discussion.

  • Patterns In The Context of SOA Business Services

    In this article Michael Poulin explores the different contexts in which SOA patterns are applied; how the products from different vendors influence these patterns and its effect on the responsibilities of business and IT. One such product is the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB); Michael evaluates a few patterns related the ESB products and their application under different contexts.

  • The Meme Lifecycle

    Julian Everett and Chris Matts describe an IT business case as a meme - one that is competing in the complex ecosystem that constitutes a market sector and show its implications. By taking this view of a business then an organization's short and long term strategies change and we get a completely different view of how and why current development practices exist and persist.

  • The Economics of Service Orientation

    This article explores the structural economic changes brought up by service orientation. Most IT organizations today are under enormous financial pressure trying to keep rising costs and flat budgets in synch. The restructuring brought about by the concept of services and reuse at the service level promises long lasting relief from the cost treadmill.

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