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Practice what you preach. Talk the talk and walk the walk. That’s what Cutter’s going to do at the end of each afternoon at Agile2011. Join Israel Gat and Cutter Senior Consultants including Ken Collier, Brent Barton, Patrick Debois, Johanna Rothman, Christopher Avery, Ward Cunningham, Gil Broza, and others for the Daily Cutter Retrospective. This team, along with anyone (that means you!) who’d like to join them, will spend a few minutes reviewing and sharing what everyone learned that day, and what impact it might have on the rest of the conference and their post-conference actions. Follow us at @cuttertweets for the exact location of this retrospective/meetup. Or Like us on Facebook and we’ll send …

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In her recent post Getting Ready for Agile 2011, Anne Mullaney gave an outline of my forthcoming sessions at the conference. Specifically, she highlighted the emergence of new forms of Agility: “Super-Fresh Code” is a term Israel coined (an extension of the “Super-Fresh Web” concept) to describe code that results from seizing upon the opportunities opened by combining recent advances in Agile software methods, cloud computing, mobile applications, and social networking. With the right mix, a company can outgun, outclass and outmaneuver its competition through real-time requirements management and superior business designs. Essentially, super-fresh code becomes the source of competitive advantage. This is a workshop that will make you think about Agile in ways you never …

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The latest findings in neuroscience have broad implications for all aspects of business, from product design to leadership. Hot topics include human task performance, learning, motivation, attention, and memory. Deep insights from this research can lead to the creation of better software. For the IT professional, this will change the way software is designed and developed. It will also change how software teams are assembled and managed. Software-enabled tasks are astonishingly diverse — reporting an electrical outage to the utility company, comparing investment portfolios, analyzing blood test results, trading commodities, ordering books, or even playing Angry Birds. As diverse as these tasks are, each draws on the attention, learning, motivation, and memory of its users. …

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Sunday evening my wife and I took in the musical “Chicago,” a sensational tale of sin, corruption and all that jazz, set in prohibition era Chicago, my hometown. The story is a sizzling satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.” Listening to the lyrics sung by the hapless character Amos, I suspected that even the most confident of us might empathize with him as he sings ‘Mr. Cellophane’: “If someone stood up in a crowd And raised his voice up way out loud And waved his arm and shook his leg You’d notice him If someone in the movie show Yelled “Fire in the second row …

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Excellence is an old topic, more honored in a book than observed in the workplace. Nonetheless, it is an important topic because of some almost unbearable forces that are shearing the workplace. IT may be lowering barriers to entry in many industries allowing new, smaller firms to find a home, even for a short while, and threatening larger players. But despite the thousand flowers blooming, IT-intensive markets tend to get dominated by a few very large companies, with fast-growing upstarts that are getting too big for their britches getting mercilessly culled in this economic Darwinism. But things aren’t as rosy for even these large firms. Firm life expectancy is shortening over the 20th and now …

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The AgileAlliance’s annual Agile Conference is right around the corner. Israel Gat, Director of Cutter’s Agile practice, is slated to give a Technical Debt workshop on Monday afternoon (8/8). In it, participants will go through a series of exercises that demonstrate a broad range of applications of the technical debt concept, from effective governance of the software process to its use as a boundary object to streamline the flow from development to IT operations. Israel is also leading the Super-Fresh Code workshop on Wednesday morning. “Super-Fresh Code” is a term Israel coined (an extension of the “Super-Fresh Web” concept) to describe code that results from seizing upon the opportunities opened by combining recent advances in …

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Today, CIOs are faced with the challenge of predicting how rapidly evolving information technologies might positively or negatively impact their organizations’ strategy, product lines or customer relationships. Most IT managers are in the reactive role when it comes to disruption. The October 2011 Cutter IT Journal, with Guest Editor Dennis Adams, will examine the issues associated with potentially disruptive innovations and how to anticipate the impact of these new technologies on your enterprise. Proposals of interest are due 22 July 2011. To respond, please visit http://www.cutter.com/content-and-analysis/journals-and-reports/cutter-it-journal/callforpapers01.html

 
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Cutter Consortium recently published the first installment of a 6-part Executive Update series by Cutter Senior Consultant William Ulrich on Business Architecture. In the piece, Business Architecture – Why it Matters to Business Executives, Bill very clearly lays out just how business architecture benefits the business and why business executives need to sponsor business architecture creation and use. If you’re even thinking about stringing the words “business” and “architecture” together, you should read this (and pass it along to your business partners!). In Part II of the series, Bill will discuss how organizations are shifting planning, strategic roadmaps and funding models to a business-based approach through business architecture. Additional topics will include capability and value …

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Many of the discussions I am exposed to as an agile consultant are about this question, “Have Agile methods crossed the chasm?” The client wants to know whether he or she will be using a software method that has reached a certain level of maturity and acceptance. Needless to say, the question is of critical importance. A client might be willing to be an early adopter, or even desire to be an early adopter, but he or she wants to be very clear up front about the maturity level of the software method to be adopted. As important as the question is, I will not try to debate it here, as beauty is often in …

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Cutter Consortium is pleased to announce that Hubert Smits and Ralph Hughes have joined our team as Senior Consultants. Hubert Smits is an innovative, assertive, and goal-oriented agile consultant, coach, and trainer who has successfully spearheaded enterprise-level agile-lean enablement efforts, including those at Oracle, Avaya, BMC Software, AOL, Fender, GE Energy, Amdocs, MySpace, and Compete. He specializes in working with large product development efforts in organizations that require organization-wide move to Agile practices. Israel Gat, Director of Cutter’s Agile practice, said “Hubert Smits is broadly acclaimed as the best Agile teacher/coach in the US. He possesses deep expertise and a ton of experience in large scale end-to-end Agile rollouts. We are extremely proud that he’s …

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