Polymath: a new IT job description

by Dave West Follow 0 Followers on  Jul 19, 2010 12

Is "polymath" a required job skill for IT professionals? The rise of cloud computing, "green" computing, ultra-large scale systems, and even SOA and SaaS suggest the answer is yes. A book by Vinnie Mirchandani has prompted a flurry of commentary on what it would mean to be an IT Polymath and why such a skill is desirable.


Remote Customer, Remote Developers and a Project in Crisis

by Vikas Hazrati Follow 0 Followers on  Jun 29, 2010 2

Though collocation is one of the prime recommendations of Agile, more and more projects are executed in a manner in which the teams are distributed. Safari Asad started an interesting discussion on the Scrum Development group to discuss about a project in crisis, which not only had a remote customer but also had remote developers.


Engine Yard Introduces Commercial JRuby Support

by Mirko Stocker Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 04, 2010

Engine Yard, the employer of most of JRuby's core team, started offering commercial support for JRuby this week.


Article: The Economics of Service Orientation

by Dave West Follow 0 Followers on  May 18, 2009

This article explores the structural economic changes brought about by service orientation and how the concept of services and reuse at the service level promises to relieve the enormous pressure arising from increasing costs and flat budgets. Service orientation is compared to other strategies for keeping costs in check.


Contracts for Agile Software Development

by Chris Sims Follow 0 Followers on  May 04, 2009 6

While the Agile Manifesto says "Customer collaboration over contract negotiation", contracts are a reality for many developers and firms. Peter Stevens has analyzed 10 different types of development contracts, shedding light on how well each style fits an agile project. He has uncovered a couple that seem to fit much better than either fixed-price or time-and-materials.


The Enterprise as a Network of Events

by Boris Lublinsky Follow 0 Followers on  Apr 01, 2009

A debate between SOA and EDA has recently resurfaced with a blog from Richard Veryard, who discusses relationships between SOA, BPM and events


Article: We Need to Create Information System Ratings

by Jean-Jacques Dubray Follow 3 Followers on  Mar 09, 2009 5

Pierre Bonnet, CTO of Orchestra Networks, argues that information systems are too opaque and not agile enough. He claims this is the main reason why "healthy" multinationals can collapse within months as they take on too much risk. He suggests that information systems be rated on how they manage master data, business rules and business processes.


Interview: Dan Grigsby Shares Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurship

by Abel Avram Follow 5 Followers on  Jan 31, 2009

In this interview made by InfoQ’s Rob Bazinet during RubyFringe 2008, Dan Grigsby talks about programming and entrepreneurship, how a programmer can take his idea and transform it into a successful product.


BPM Is Not Software Engineering

by Boris Lublinsky Follow 0 Followers on  Jan 24, 2009 24

In his new article at, Keith Swenson discusses the relationships between BPM and software engineering. He points out significant differences between the two and cautions against blindly using software engineering approaches for BPM design/implementation.


Venkat Subramaniam on Facts and Fallacies of Everyday Software Development

by Srini Penchikala Follow 30 Followers on  Jan 19, 2009 9

Software development is challenging and lot of fun, but there are several factors that interrupt teams from succeeding in IT projects. These are usually not tools or technologies but it is the people that affect the success of software projects. In a keynote presentation at the recent CodeMash 2009 conference, Venkat Subramaniam talked about facts and fallacies of everyday software development.


Federal Funding Backs Agile Training in Oregon

by Mike Bria Follow 0 Followers on  Oct 08, 2008

Agile experts James Shore and Diana Larsen will benefit from federal funding to teach two courses in Oregon this month, from Employer Workforce Training Funds and the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.


Results of a SOA Case Study competition show main ingredients for SOA success

by Boris Lublinsky Follow 0 Followers on  Oct 06, 2008

The results of SOA case study competition, conducted by SOA Consortium and CIO magazine are showing common themes in SOA implementations. The include strengthening of business IT alliances as the main factor for implementation success and definitions of specific, confirmed by real numbers, business benefits, , as a measure of this success.


Agile and Offshore: Asking for Trouble?

by Amr Elssamadisy Follow 0 Followers on  Oct 01, 2008 12

Kevin Coleman told his story working with an offshore team that claimed to be 'Agile' and the woes and worries that came with that experience in last month's issue of the Agile Journal. Several readers validated his experience with their own. In practice, can Agile methods be used successfully with offshore teams given today's business reality?


The Industrialization of Software Delivery

by Boris Lublinsky Follow 0 Followers on  Aug 16, 2008

IT has consistently failed to deliver expected value time and time again. According to Ian Thomas, Industrialization (componentization, specialization) may be a solution for supporting software agility and reliability in the new business environment.


Opinions: Why Most Social Software Fail and how to Avoid it

by Sadek Drobi Follow 0 Followers on  Aug 16, 2008

According to Clay Shirky, the success key for social software is “a brutally simple mental model [...] shared by all users”. Referring to it as Shirky’s law, Michael Nielsen analyzes why programmers often fail to obey it. His arguments as well as the discussion that has followed provide interesting insights into pitfalls that need to be avoided for building successful social applications.

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