Healthcare is a complex industry requiring compliance with numerous regulations. With Agile practices focusing on frequent iterations and an emphasis on working software over comprehensive documentation, Some might question whether Agile can be effective in delivering software for such a complex environment. I recently watched a webcast that dispels any myths that Agile cannot work for healthcare. In the webcast, Kim Werner, Agile Coach from ATSC and Liz Parnell, Solution Design
Manager from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina... [More]
Last year, Alan Brown, Scott Ambler and I collaborated on a
technical paper that captures IBM Rational's experience in achieving
agility in large scale enterprises. This paper was recently accepted for
publication at the International Conference on Software Engineering
(ICSE). We will present and officially publish this paper in May 2013 in
the proceedings. Below is an abstract for the paper. The full
(draft) version can be accessed here. We are still editing and finalizing for publication but it is close to camera ready. ... [More]
The trends in changing executable software baselines and particularly
the cost-of-change trends are the true measure of the agility. Agility
means changing easily so we need to quantify change trends. Both
architectural integrity and process effectiveness will drive the
cost-of-change. Therefore, agility is NOT just a process attribute, it is equally, if not more, an attribute of good design. In the past, it has always struck me that most of the value
of modeling was attributed to better representation of the
architecture, namely... [More]
Succeeding with your First Agile Pilot Project Repost: orginally posted on February 19, 2012 by rfeggins Successful agile transformations often times require successful agile pilot projects. Often time a successful initial pilot is the most critical step early in a successful enterprise agile adoption . If the pilot project is a success then the organization has a tangible example to get behind but if the project fails (or just fails to meet expectations) then the entire agile initiative could be derailed by critics. Because no one really... [More]
If you haven't seen this yet ... it's worth the 4 minutes. As you can imagine, there are numerous stories behind this story. One of the goals of this community is to provide a space for people to have conversations around these type of stories. Get to know the people behind the story.
Join me (Matt Holitza) at Mile High Agile on April 3rd in Denver, Colorado. This is the first year we are sponsoring the conference, and the good news for me is I only have to drive a few minutes to get there... We'll be talking to the Agile practitioners in Denver about the new Agile Transformation community and hopefully get a few hundred more members! To get more information or to register click here.
Session 1: Understand and reuse the technical solution assets
(See the Agile ALM Virtual Study Group Series for information on registration and details on the different sessions)
During the first session on this series, we want to describe what the IBM Rational Solution for Agile ALM with Scrum is, and what are the technical assets it contains. We also want people to understand how to find, install, and use those assets quickly. So we will cover the following topics:
The IBM Quality Software Engineering group provides internal guidance to thousands of IBM Agile developers about best practices, tips and techniques. We are happy to share this tutorial with the community for free. Look for more tutorials in the future... In this tutorial Elizabeth Woodward, author of "A Practical Guide to Distributed Scrum," discusses key factors teams should consider when scaling their Agile practice. Click to view the tutorial
Orginally posted this blog on December 27, 2011 but given the interest my other Agile in Practice blogs thought I repost here. Retrospectives What are they and how do they help teams adopt Agile practices? Many small to medium size projects teams have successfully adopted agile practices such as Scrum but some agile teams do fail. Often as not they fail because of factors outside their control but here are some common reasons why agile project teams fail that are within their control: Not implementing the whole process Scaling Factors not... [More]
The New Deal for Software Development - Have you signed it yet?
This panel discussion will explain the thinking behind the need for "A New Deal" and answer questions from the audience.
The panel and moderators are all original signatories and invite you to join them on Tuesday, September 17, at 12noon EDT.
Walker Royce, Chief Software Economist, IBM
Scott Ambler, Senior Consulting Partner, Scott Ambler + Associates
Please take a look at this great talk I'm watching live at IBM Impact. Grady Booch and friends are talking about history of development and the new reality of developing software.
The key takeaways for me was the pressure and level of complexity developers are facing in the current era of computing. I remember testing applications for 3 browsers and 2 operating systems built with three or so programming languages. Today developers need to be fluent in 4,5,6 even as many as 10 different languages.
I cannot imagine testing today's... [More]
you for participating in the Agile
Metrics Virtual Round Table event . It was a very successful event for our
community with 190 posts, 28 participants, 8 countries represented in 4
discussion threads. During the discussion, we also welcomed over 80 new members
to the community!
It was really great to see such lively discussion with some key topics emerging
from the conversation, including:
• Agile metrics and metrics that matter most at the project level
• Metrics at the enterprise level
• The importance of measuring... [More]
will be very special this year! Register here ! Let's face it, IBM Developers don't get out of the office too
often. But when we do, we're lots of fun and thrilled to meet our
customers and learn what we can do to help them become more innovative,
and improve their experience with our products.
We will have tons of stuff to help make your Agile deployments rock and your competitors roll.
Below are the 11 Reasons Why Innovate
is a must attend event for Developers
Make new connections with gaggles of developers ... [More]
Today was a busy day for the Zone.
1) A client arrived at the Zone with an agile planning conundrum. It seemed that the development cycle time of two different types of software (two different languages) we so incompatible that the best the team could do sprint length wise was in the order of months. Upon review, it turned out that the client needed finer grained impact analysis between the two sets of software. When this could be understood, assessment of the difficulty (read story points) would be more... [More]
In response to: 10 Reasons to Consider Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)
Scott Ambler presents an in-depth, live, virtual class:
"Disciplined Agile Delivery Overview" on Thursday, June 20th. [Fee:
$100 (register below); 3 PDUs]
Enrollment and details:
I'd like to welcome everyone to our new Agile Transformation Zone community. I say
community ... right now, while there is some great initial content .. the community part is just getting started. It's
like we've just built a brand new house and the family hasn't moved in. As we
all know, just like a house is not a home, this community space is only a
space. It's the people that make a community work. My
experience with building communities over the last several
years indicates that you need 2 types of members (actually,... [More]
Product Owner Enablement - Live, Virtual Training Course
July 31, 2012
special training course is a one-day, live, virtual event. The course is
designed for product managers, business team members, and others who are
involved in the planning and execution of Agile projects. Course
Overview Agile software development employs certain principles and practices that
enable development teams to quickly build and deploy high quality software
products. An example of one... [More]
Recently, while visiting a client site, I was excited to see a large breakout room labeled “Agile Room”. You can only imagine my surprise when I walked in the door. I saw a series of cubicles. I saw people working very quietly and independently. I saw a scantly populated dusty board with only a few sticky notes and one single column labeled “Done”. When I asked about the naming of the room, they replied, “Oh, well, we just call ourselves ‘agile’ because we deliver faster by not testing at all.” Doh! But all is not lost (on you, not them)... [More]
Mile High Agile 2012 The Agile Mile High event on April 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado was a huge success. The conference was for agile practitioners at all levels of experience in the Denver region, including those exploring agile for the first time, This one-day action packed conference provides learning opportunities for agile novices, intermediates and experts, technical professionals, team leaders, managers, executives, and organizational change leaders. What was different about this event it is unlike National conferences that require a... [More]
Ascendant Technology recently worked with a valued customer, Market Force Information, to help them implement Disciplined Agile practices on a business-critical software project. See the case study at: http://na.atech.com/case-studies/market-force “The Customer Intelligence Platform is transformational for our business. We have a lot invested in making this software successful. Ascendant definitely played a role in helping us create a high performance development team and great software. The discipline and structure of our engineering team... [More]