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  • The Secret Sauce of Highly Productive Software Development

    by Amr Elssamadisy and Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 14, 2007 16

    When Agile teams get stuck in the just-average Norming stage, rather than continuting to the exciting, high Performing stage of teamwork, sometimes they're suffering from an invisible "learning bottleneck" that stunts team performance. Agile practices require us to take time to reflect and learn - and a team that learns quickly succeeds.

  • "Real Options" Underlie Agile Practices

    by Chris Matts and Olav Maassen on  Jun 08, 2007 45

    Whether we realise it or not, "freedom to choose" is a principle underlying many Agile practices. By avoiding early commitments, we gain flexibility in the choices we make later. In this article, Chris Matts and Olav Maassen propose that an understanding of "Real Options" allows us to develop and refine new agile practices and take agile in directions it hasn't gone before.

  • Case Study: Targeted Practice Adoption using Patterns

    by Amr Elssamadisy & John Mufarrige on  Jan 29, 2007

    It's easy to forget what originally motivated us, once we're implementing Agile. Teams spin, trying to figure out which practices to start with, unsure which will have the biggest impact, or how they fit together. Amr Elssamadisy and John Mufarrige propose a customized adoption approach to help teams decide where to focus first - an alternative to adoption of pre-packaged methodologies.

Standish: Why were Project Failures Up and Cost Overruns Down in 1998?

Posted by Jim Johnson on  Oct 03, 2006

After our August interview, readers asked how cost overruns could have jumped from 189% in 1994 to 69% in 1998. This month's CHAOS newsletter looks at the mid-90s events impacting project planning. 13

Book Excerpt: Implementing Lean Software Development: From Concept to Cash

Posted by Mary Poppendieck and Tom Poppendieck on  Sep 18, 2006

In 2003 Mary and Tom Poppendieck adapted the principles of Lean manufacturing for software development. Now their second book offers practical help for readers implementing Lean software development. 6

Interview: Jim Johnson of the Standish Group

Posted by Deborah Hartmann Preuss on  Aug 25, 2006

The creator of the CHAOS Chronicles, Standish Group founder and chairman Jim Johnson, spent some time with InfoQ discussing his research, and the role of Agile in changing the IT industry. 11

Executive summary - An Adaptive Performance Management System

Posted by Jim Highsmith on  Aug 09, 2006

Traditional budgets demand committments based on variables beyond managers' control. To support the adaptive organization, Jim Highsmith proposes a two-part model for project and team performance.

Agile: The SOA Hangover Cure

Posted by Carl Ververs on  Jul 31, 2006

Carl Ververs, an expert on SOA Integration writes about the application of "Agile" development philosophies and methodologies in order to build a sustainable and valuable SOA system. 9

What is Agility, and Why Should You Care?

Posted by Mishkin Berteig on  May 16, 2006

Coach Mishkin Berteig tells stories and gives background about Agile, a set of practices and principles to make work more effective by empowering teams, amplifying learning, eliminating waste. 4

Ruby and Rails: In your face... but out of your way

Posted by David A. Black on  May 11, 2006

David A. Black, author of the book Ruby for Rails from Manning, shares his thoughts on whether or not Rails developers should take the time to master Ruby.

Being Agile Without Going Overboard

Posted by Venkat Subramaniam on  May 10, 2006

What does it mean to be agile? Is it unit testing, continuous integration, following XP, Scrum? Venkat Subramaniam discusses how to introduce agility into a project in trouble and not currently agile. 1

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