Can Software Developers Meet the Need?

Marc Andreessen provided some insights into the importance of software and the software profession’s ability to meet the need at “Why Software Is Eating The World” , http://goo.gl/ob2Cvx Scrum facilitates control through frequent, regular inspection and adaptation of transparent software functionality. Transparency means the software is ready. It can either be immediately deployed or built … Continue reading

Evidence of Software’s Value to an Organization

The following material is excerpted from what I’ll be presenting Wednesday at the ALM Forum in (wet) Seattle. It contains the foundational ideas for software’s contribution to organizational value Only the outcomes that unambiguously measure value have been selected as direct evidence for Evidence-Based Management of Software Organizations (EBM). Many other contenders were discarded either … Continue reading

unSAFe at any speed

The boys from RUP (Rational Unified Process) are back. Building on the profound failure of RUP, they are now pushing the Scaled Agile Framework (e) as a simple, one-size fits all approach to the agile organization. They have made their approach even more complicated by partnering with Rally, a tools vendor. Consultants are available to … Continue reading

Scrum and Continuous Improvement

Organizations usually don’t adopt Scrum because they like its name. Instead, they have heard that software development is better if they use Scrum – quicker, cheaper, higher quality, more satisfied customers and employees. Sometimes things are so bad in software development that they try Scrum just because it wasn’t what they were doing before. However, … Continue reading

Happy New Year

Another year has passed. As an industry, we’ve done better. Our customers are more satisfied. One industry source reports that projects using agile practices are three times more successful than traditional, waterfall projects*. Success was defined as delivering all of the planned functionality on the planned date for the planned cost. Much of the success … Continue reading