Agile News & Analysis
| Thursday Dec 18, 2014
I don't know how many more years I'll be able to keep it up -- every year I try to make predictions that are unique, bold and a little bit against the grain. Last year I predicted the rise of lefties, two years ago I went with big data finding an Andy Warhol all of its own. This year I'm going extra bold, and extra big: I predict an age old enterprise IT axiom -- People, Process and Technology -- will wane and emerge anew as People, Perseverance and Technology.
| Friday Oct 17, 2014
It’s still only October, but already some companies are starting to talk about what they plan to do next year. Unfortunately, the word from most tends to be pretty vague this far in advance.
Microsoft is no exception.
However, one thing Microsoft has given some very concrete details about is its conference line-up for 2015.
For the first time ever, Microsoft is bring all its enterprise business applications together in a new conference called Ignite.
| Monday Sep 22, 2014
Someday, Agile as we know it will disappear. It won’t be because everyone will give up on sprints and story points. It won’t be because some new idea blows it all away. Tomorrow’s Agile will be fundamentally different, because it will be just that -- fundamental.
| Wednesday May 28, 2014
This will probably be the 47th article you read today that tells you how marketers need to learn to adapt -- that consumers have too many choices, too little attention and no patience for a poor experience. Let me remind you that the world is changing, rapidly. You can change with it or be left behind.
We've explored how to address uncertainty in many areas of business. Agile methodologies have done a great deal to help software development teams adapt to inevitable uncertainty. Lean manufacturing has transformed how we create physical goods.
Innovative organizations are beginning to understand how applying those philosophies to marketing can produce similar outcomes.
| Wednesday May 21, 2014
If all (or even most) systems projects went well, we wouldn't need to talk about this subject …. But they don’t, and those failures compromise the progress and integrity of the information world.
The selection and application of formal methodologies is an important ingredient in the success or failure of most projects. In today’s automation project world, choosing the right project methodology sometimes seems as important as the project itself. Choose the right methodology from among the top contenders -- Six Sigma, Agile, Lean and SDLC -- and, we are told, you are on the road to success. Choose poorly and you are alone on the windswept plain of project failure or mediocrity at best.
| Thursday Mar 20, 2014
Two things really stand out about OpenText’s Process Suite. The first is that it reduces deployment times for business process management (BPM) and case automation technology to as little as three months from 18 months. Secondly, it continues the ongoing roll-out of OpenText’s Project Red Oxygen.
The new Process Suite, which has just been made available, provides organizations with a way of simplifying the building of new processes around business-critical applications like enterprise content management or customer engagement software.
| Wednesday Nov 13, 2013
Microsoft is abandoning its controversial stack ranking employee review and compensation system, which encourages workers to compete rather than work collaboratively. The move comes just months before Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to retire.
If you were cynical, you might think the review system and Ballmer's imminent departure are related. Is Ballmer unwilling to review his controversial 13-year tenure at the helm? Maybe, but it is probably pushing the analysis of this change a little too far.
| Wednesday Oct 2, 2013
In July, CEO Steve Ballmer announced a major restructuring plan. In August, Ballmer announced he would be stepping down within a year. And now today there are reports that three of the big shareholders in Microsoft want founder and Chairman, Bill Gates, out.
| Friday Jul 12, 2013
If you’re not a fan of centralized decision making overseen by a single CEO then the restructuring plan that Microsoft announced yesterday probably won’t impress you. However, IT and business analysts have cautiously welcomed the move, even if many are unsure how Steve Ballmer is going to put everything he plans in place.
| Thursday Jul 11, 2013
It's leaner, it's meaner and, undoubtedly, Steve Ballmer is hoping that Microsoft will become a real killing machine. Not that we should expect blood on the production floors at Redmond -- at least not immediately. The killings Ballmer is looking for right now are in sales. Lots and lots of sales, and across all product lines.
| Wednesday Mar 20, 2013
One of the 12 principles of the Agile manifesto states that “The best architectures, requirements and designs emerge from self organizing teams.” But how do you encourage these teams to form and how do you ensure they are sustainable?
| Tuesday Jan 15, 2013
We have all felt the pain of the schism. In corporate America, it is everywhere. You go to a meeting, it is there. In the offices when the doors are closed, it is there. Even in the cafeteria and in the elevator it is there. The pain of schism between the business is so palpable and so wide spread it has spawned a manifesto and a movement. Oops -- I misspoke! It has spawned two manifestos and two movements.
| Tuesday Jul 17, 2012
Site managers and marketers everywhere are challenged by the tidal wave of mobile devices currently in circulation.
How do you deliver consistent, high quality digital experiences across desktop and mobile channels? This article recaps our recent Mobile Customer Experience webinar and includes a full video recording of the event. Dive on in.
| Tuesday May 15, 2012
It has been clear for some time that the market for software applications has been changing. "Agile" has become a buzz word in the apps world, with everyone talking about it, a few delivering and many more depending on their tried and tested on-premises apps.
| Thursday Feb 2, 2012
IBM is spending like there’s no tomorrow. Two more companies have just landed in its net, both of which will grow its analytics business on one hand – particularly its Smart Commerce drive – and on the other hand its mobile communications strategy.