Posts Tagged 'risk mitigation'

Jul 112017
Software Risk is Business Risk. Who's Responsible for Mitigating It?

Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Pete Kaminski has been looking at the business risks posed by software, and how to mitigate them. He gives context to the issue this way: “Driving business risk down is just smart business. Software-related business risk is an increasing portion of business risk, so knowing how to assiduously reduce software risk has become part and parcel of today’s business reality. Fortunately, there is an array of tools and methods that you can apply across your portfolio of software assets and development projects to manage software risk, which we’ll explore in this Executive Update. Industrializing software risk management is critical for organizations in the digital age. It unleashes the “smarts” in developers Read more

Oct 092009

Agile methods are geared to managing uncertainty – uncertainty related to “ends” (customer objectives and features), and uncertainty related to “means” (technology and people). One way in which agile approaches deal with uncertainty is frequent re-planning based on progress to date and new information gathered during development iterations. The positive aspect of agile methods is that they encourage dealing with the uncertainty early in a project and focus on working software. Unfortunately, these very aspects of agile methods can also have negative outcomes – sloppy planning, and reactive thinking. All agile projects combine aspects of anticipation (planning) and adaptation (revisions based on reflections). Too great an emphasis on adaptation (we can always fix or refactor Read more