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  • 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.

  • Interview and Book Excerpt: CERT Resilience Management Model

    CERT Resilience Management Model (CERT-RMM), developed at Software Engineering Institute (SEI), defines the processes for managing operational resilience in complex risk-evolving environments. InfoQ spoke with Rich Caralli, Technical Manager of the CERT Resilient Enterprise Management Team, about RMM framework and the book he co-authored.

  • A Process for Managing Risks in Distributed Teams

    In this IEEE article, John Stouby Persson and Lars Mathiassen discuss a process for managing risks associated in managing the distributed software projects. The process includes identifying and analyzing distributed-team risks in the areas of task distribution, geographical and cultural distribution, stakeholder relations and communication infrastructure.

  • "Real Options" Underlie Agile Practices

    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.

  • From Java to Ruby: Risk

    "Ruby is risky" is a common perception. As Ruby on Rails moves closer to the mainstream, that risk will decrease. In this article, Bruce Tate examines the changing risk profiles for Java and Ruby from a managers perspective, examining Java's initial adoption and also common risk myths about Rails.