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  • Three Keys to a Successful “Pre-Mortem”

    Talking about what might go wrong acknowledges that many things are out of our control, and that we might mess up the things which are within our control. To have this conversation safely involves a structured activity called a pre-mortem. If held with some regularity, and always with creative problem solving time at the end, it can build a safe space for adaptation in the face of adversity.

  • What Should Software Engineers Know about GDPR?

    EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is moving out of the transition period next summer to become enforceable GDPR strongly emphasizes risk-based thinking; you take every step to mitigate privacy risks until the risks become something you can tolerate. As a software developer, this will affect you. This is what you need to know.

  • Q&A on The Antifragility Edge: Antifragility in Practice

    In the book The Antifragility Edge, Sinan Si Alhir shows how antifragility has been applied to help organizations evolve and thrive. He provides examples of how antifragility can be used beyond agility on an individual, collective (team and community) and enterprise level, and explores a roadmap for businesses to achieve greater antifragility.

  • Continuous Delivery Coding Patterns: Latent-to-Live Code & Forward Compatible Interim Versions

    This article describes two novel practices for continuous delivery: Latent-to-live code pattern and Forward compatible interim versions. You can use these practices to simultaneously increase speed and reliability of software development and reduce risks. These practices are built on top of two other essential continuous delivery practices: trunk-based-development and feature toggles.

  • Q&A on Conscious Agility

    The book Conscious Agility (Conscious Capitalism + Business Agility = Antifragility) by Si Alhir, Brad Barton and Mark Ferraro describes a design-thinking approach for business to benefit from uncertainty, disorder, and the unknown. An interview about conscious agility and antifragility, increasing business agility, dealing with uncertainty, and the three phases of a conscious agility initiative.

  • Getting RID of Risk with Agile

    One of the largest areas of waste in development are poorly formed requirements. This post presents a very simple technique that can be applied to all user stories to improve quality and reduce waste, as well as examining how this can fit into your current planning and estimation workflow via the underused ‘definition of ready’. It’s a very actionable concept that you can apply immediately.

  • The Resurrection of Product Risk Analysis

    Product risk analysis (PRA) is not only useful in testing but is also applicable during the various phases of sequential or agile system development. This article introduces a different application of PRA that elevates it from project level to domain level. It shows how you can go from risk and requirement-based testing to risk and requirement-based development.

  • Testing the Internet of Things: The Human Experience

    Mobile and embedded devices, more than any other technology, are an integral part of our lives and have the potential to become a part of us. This article discusses what “human experience” testing is and is not, and uses concepts from human computer interaction design theory to establish a framework for developing “human experience” test scenarios.

  • Shadow IT Risk and Reward

    Chris Haddad explains in this article what Shadow IT is, what role it plays in the enterprise and why Enterprise IT needs to embrace it, adapt and address Shadow IT requirements, autonomy, and goals.

  • Commitment – Writing a Graphic Novel explaining Real Options

    Building on their work on Real Options, Chris Matts and Olav Maassen are writing a graphic novel to explain the concepts and share their knowledge in the area. They discussed the novel, the process of producing it and the crowdsourcing model of funding with Shane Hastie from InfoQ. A sample chapter is available for InfoQ readers to download.

  • 10 tips on how to prevent business value risk

    One category of risk that project teams need to ensure they address is business value failure – delivering a product that fails to provide value for the business investor. The authors provide insight into the underlying causes of business value risk and provide ten tips on how to avoid them.

  • Agile is at a crossroad: Scale or fail?

    Risk management is the hottest topic in IT. Processes for effective risk management and investment decision making will allow Agile techniques to scale beyond projects to the enterprise. Without them, Agile will be confined to the ghetto of development. In this article Chris and Olav present some tools and techniques to identify and manage risks on Agile projects.

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