Faster, Sooner, Better: What's Changing In Agile Development?
I hear people talking about Agile 2.0 a lot. But when I look at what’s happening in the application development and delivery space, I see that many organizations are just now starting to experience Agile’s true benefits, and they’re not yet leveraging those benefits completely or consistently. So let’s stop talking about Agile 2.0 for […]
App Dev Pros Have Been Using Metrics For The Wrong Reason: Control. It's Time To Use Metrics To Validate And Improve Delivery!
Within the modern applications era, regardless of whether new software applications are being developed and delivered for mobile, tablets, or the Web, the truly successful app-dev leaders will be those who focus on delivering constant value and incremental improvement to their business. That is a totally different perspective from “I need to keep control of […]
Part 2: Testing Tools Market Landscape: It's all about change!
What a strange summer this has been! From Boston to London to Paris to Turin, the weather has offered weekly and even daily reversals, with continuous change from sun to rain, from hot and damp to cool and crisp. I missed a nice spring season. Even today, from 35º-38º Celsius (95º-100º Fahrenheit), we just went […]
Part 1: Testing Tools Market Landscape: Agile Keeps It Alive, Vital, and Dynamic
I just finished my new report on the Agile testing tools landscape. I’ll point Forrester readers to it as soon as it publishes. But there are few things that have struck me since I took over the software quality and testing research coverage at Forrester and which I would like to share with you in […]
Are You Really Ready To Test Agile?
Early this year, on January 15, I published our first research on testing for the Agile and Lean playbook. Connected to that research, my colleague Margo Visitacion and I also published a self-assessment testing toolkit. The toolkit helps app-dev and testing leaders understand how mature their current testing practices and organization are for Agile and Lean development. The Agile […]
The Essence Of Agile Testing: Make Testing Part Of Your SDLC (And Much More)
DevOps is a movement for developers and operations professionals that encourages more collaboration and release automation. Why? To keep up with the faster application delivery pace of Agile. In fact, with Agile, as development teams deliver faster and in shorter cycles, IT operations finds itself unprepared to keep up with the new pace. For operations teams, […]
An effective transformation to Agile can't ignore strategic sourcing decisions
Agile and Lean transformations depend to a great extent on cultivating a good sourcing ecosystem. The decisions you make around the partners and providers supporting your transformation and projects will be at the core of a successful strategy. But sourcing strategy needs to go beyond just resource or services providers (read outsourcing) and address a […]
Agile Development Makes Business Technology Come True; It Embodies Business Value In Software
There is no doubt that Agile growth in the market is significant, and the growing daily number of inquiries I’ve been getting on Agile from end user organizations in 2012 gives me the impression that many are moving from tactical to strategic adoption. Why’s that? Many reasons, and you can read about them in our […]
You Think Changing To Increase Business Agility Is Hard? If IOR Did It, Believe Me: You Can Do It Too
Think of a medieval fortress: It was originally used for a small army, it has walls nine meters thick, and it’s surrounded by buildings hundreds of years old. Upon entering, you are confronted with the concept of eternity. This fortress is located in the smallest state on earth — though it is also perhaps the […]
Update Your Application Development Sourcing Strategy To Drive Innovation And Differentiation
Since my earlier blog post on optimizing your software development sourcing strategy, we have published a report I co-authored with Mike Gilpin on this same topic: "Update Your Application Development Sourcing Strategy To Drive Innovation and Differentiation." In this report, we explain how: Software development is a key engine for business innovation today. The right […]
Optimizing Software Development Sourcing To Drive More Customer Value
The past few years haven’t been kind to software developers. Having the equivalent of a US master’s in computer science and having spent the first 20+ years of my professional life developing mission-critical software products and applications, I have had a hard time adjusting to the idea that developing software applications is a cost to […]