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  • Escaping Method Prison

    Methods are our best tool to get great software. But today they put us in method prisons with method wars, reliance on gurus and swings from method to method. How foolish is this? It needs to be stopped. The new Essence standard efficiently stops that path. And, teams get better methods, selected from a practice library and support in their daily work. Executives get forever learning org’s.

  • Virtual Panel on Bimodal IT

    Bimodal IT has been supported by many and criticized by many. InfoQ reached out to enterprise experts to dig deeper into the pros and cons of this strategy and how/when/if is it applicable.

  • Is There Really Such a Thing as a “Hybrid Agile” Method?

    There are dozens of Agile methods nowadays and more and more often we hear about Hybrid Agile, but what does that actually mean? This article provides a view on why it is important to have clarity around the term Hybrid Agile and what it has to mean to make sense. It provides guidance on circumstances when you could use the different kinds of methods.

  • Agile Approaches in Test Planning

    At Agile Testing Days 2015, Eddy Bruin and Ray Oei explained how to satisfy the needs of stakeholders who ask for test cases, test plans, and other comprehensive test artifacts without writing large test plans. An interview about test plans in agile, how to make stakeholders aware that they can influence quality, and which agile practices they recommend for testing.

  • Towards an Agile Software Architecture

    Boyan Mihaylov covers his experience when working with both traditional waterfall software architectures and agile ones. He depicts the similarities and differences between these with a focus on three areas: the specifics of the software architect role, the timespan of the software architecture, and the output of the software architecture.

  • Delivering Software with Water-Scrum-Fall

    Water-Scrum-fall is usually described as an hybrid agile way of working. According to Andy Hiles water-Scrum-fall is a gated and phased delivery approach for software where Scrum is used as the main development management method. It can be used as a stepping stone to agility, to become a living breathing agile organisation.

  • Evaluating Agile and Scrum with Other Software Methodologies

    Historical data is a key resource for judging the effectiveness of software process improvement methods and also for calibrating software estimation accuracy. In this article, Capers Jones compares Agile and Scrum with a sample of contemporary software development methods using several standard metrics.

  • Agile in the Defense Industry

    The Defense Industry is often viewed as a very “non-Agile” culture. Teams, organized along strict hierarchical boundaries, seldom collaborate freely and are forced to communicate through the handoff of contract-specified artifacts. In this article, Jeff Plummer shares his experience with successfully applying Agile principles and practices to his team working in the Defense Industry.

  • Integrating Agile into a Waterfall World

    Joseph Flahiff maintains that agile values principles and practices can be integrated into in a waterfall environment to improve project predictability and ultimate success. He offers three keys that the project manager must use to successfully unlock the power of agile to improve project delivery.

  • Why Agile Adoption Fails in Some Organizations

    How often do you hear that a company attempting to adopt agile practices fails? This article examines and explains the often overlooked organizational reasons that agile fails, why it isn’t obvious, and some potential strategies for coping with organizational impediments. The article’s target audience is managers with budgetary responsibility although technical groups might also find interest.

  • Interview: Jim Johnson of the Standish Group

    Jim Johnson, founder and chairman of the Standish Group, took time out from his vacation to talk with InfoQ editor Deborah Hartmann about his research, and the role of Agile in changing the IT industry. Johnson is best known for creating the CHAOS Chronicles: 12 years of independent research on project performance, including data on over 50,000 completed IT projects.

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