Agile is successful, efficient and (often) fun. That’s why many companies are trying to be more agile these days. Basically it seems to be easy to apply agile practices and frameworks such as Scrum, Lean Startup or Design Thinking to get started with Agile.
However in reality many, especially larger companies are having problems doing . . . → Read More: Agile Animals
When staffing your next agile project make sure you have the right Product Owner on board. In their book Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed Barry Boehm and Richard Turner coined the acronym CRACK which describes the properties of a good Product Owner.
Collaborative: Works well with development team and stakeholders. Is . . . → Read More: Product Owner CRACK
In part one I’ve shown how to turn contracts into code. In this part I am going to show how to turn contracts into documentation.
Using the contract as a model for both code generation and documentation can save a lot of time. That is because the contract represents a single source of truth, which . . . → Read More: Turn contracts into documentation
Interfaces are one of the most important parts in software design. Designing software around properly defined interfaces has many benefits for instance in the areas of consistency, maintainability and reuse. A well written contract describes precisely how software artefacts (or services) interact with each other. Approaches such as Sustainable Service Design or the BiPRO standards . . . → Read More: Turn contracts into code
Those of you who utilize a contract first design such as in Sustainable Service Design have the need to edit XML Schema files frequently. If you are like me you are using a plain text or xml editor, as it gives you the greatest flexibility to express exactly what you want. But sometimes it is . . . → Read More: Free Visual XML Schema Designer
We all know the idea of sustainability from our daily life. But is it possible to apply this idea to software development? I think yes. Sustainable Service Design is a practical approach to design and implement software services with a great level of reuse both at technical and business levels. It is based on the . . . → Read More: Sustainable Service Design
The advocates of Service Orientation always pointed out that SOA comprises 50% technology and 50% business. At BiPRO this vision becomes true. BiPRO is a standardization organization for the insurance industry. BiPRO has members from the entire market including well known insurance companies and agents. By standardizing services at the business level using proven technical . . . → Read More: BiPRO takes SOA to the next level!
Traditionally the velocity (V) of agile teams is calculated as number of story points (SP) delivered per sprint. If our team is static, that means, it consists of the same or at least the same amount of people in each sprint we can get a velocity that really reflects the team performance. Although highly desireable, . . . → Read More: Capacity Based Velocity Calculation for Dynamic Agile Teams
If you are a Scrum Master or coach you might sometimes wonder why people act and react the way they do. The SCARF model can help you to understand which factors are driving peoples reactions. The model lists factors that cause a reaction of either approach or avoid. The factors are:
Status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness . . . → Read More: Understand your Team with SCARF
Most people would agree to say that an IT project is complex if it has to cope with difficult technology and a challenging business context. But it is not just technical complexity that threatens the success of a project. Team complexity is an important and often underestimated factor that highly affects the likelyness of success . . . → Read More: Team Complexity – The Underestimated Factor