Aug 042011
 
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If you’re going to Agile2011, be sure to check out the Testing and Quality Assurance stage. Cutter’s Ken Collier is co-producer, with Lisa Shoop from Sabre, of this stage. They’ve pulled together a powerhouse lineup of thought leaders in the Agile testing and QA space. The sessions on this stage will be highly interactive; they’re designed for sharing and learning from others. A few of the questions that will be addressed on Ken and Lisa’s Testing and QA stage include: How do quality metrics improve testing practices? How do you effectively manage technical debt in test suites? (This one will be answered by our own Israel Gat!) How do you ensure that testing “keeps up” …

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  Below is the detailed outline for my August 10, 9:00AM Agile 2011 presentation. I look forward to meeting you and interacting with you in the conference before, during and after this presentation! Best, Israel Super-Fresh Code Part I: The Changing Nature of Change Traditional View of Agile as a Software Method A New Context for Agile Hyper-Segmented Global Markets A Modern Testing Value Chain Prosumption All the Way to the Brand Part II: Agile –> Agility Agility as an End-to-End Challenge The Value Delivery Journey Confluence of Agile, Cloud, Mobile and Social Everything as a Service Multiple Forms of Agile Part III: Your Agile Process has been Obsoleted A Passage in Time with Profound Implications …

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Anyone who has any budgeting responsibility should attend Cutter Senior Consultant Johanna Rothman’s session, The Budgeting Black Hole: Predicting the Unpredictable, at Agile2011 next week. I had a chance to speak with Johanna yesterday. I asked her not only whether “agile budgeting” was possible, but also why she even chose to address this topic. AM: Why “budgeting” at Agile2011? Is this a burning topic? JR: I chose that topic because there are just too many managers running around trying to predict the future with a budget and it’s just plain crazy. Why should they have to do that? They can’t. AM: Why does it seem so often like budgeting is just an exercise in frustration? …

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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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Jul 112011
 
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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