Funding a Value Stream vs. a Project

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Most businesses fund initiatives on an annual basis and then use large projects to allocate those funds. A project is funded until completion and then a new project is started and so on. But what if your software development uses a more agile approach? This traditional sense of funding a project based on a set amount of scope, might not make the most fiscal sense anymore. Rather than funding a project at a time, a better approach to budgeting for agile development is to think of software initiatives as value streams.

Software Developers Hate Optimism (But They Shouldn’t)

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We’ve all been there before. It’s late into a meeting and the product owner comes up with just one more nice-to-have feature to sneak into a work-in-progress. The youthful or inexperienced developer next to you pipes up, “Oh yeah, we can do that. I can have that knocked out in five minutes.” You rub your eyes and then let out a small sigh. You know it won’t take five minutes.

Put Value Before Scope with a Product vs a Project Mindset

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What is the mindset around development work at your organization? Do you approach work with a project or a product mentality? In development circles there is currently much conversation around shifting away from a project mentality to a product mindset.

Agile vs. Waterfall Development

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When it comes to software development, there are many different procedures or value systems that can be followed or drawn upon for workflow. Two development philosophies that are often talked about and compared are agile and Waterfall. In a way, they are two sides of the same coin, Waterfall is slower and methodical while agile is faster-paced and nimble. Depending on your project and your organization there are pros and cons to each method. Choosing the one that best aligns with your company’s goals and work mentality will give you the best outcome and the smoothest development process.  

Tips for Reporting on Agile Projects

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As agile thinking and related frameworks have swept across the software development world, many of their most recognizable features have the biggest impact on day to day development. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to give a lot of framework for reporting progress to budget and timeline-conscious stakeholders.

Improve Retention by Outsourcing?

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Whether due to issues of quality, communication, or perception, many companies have an understandable stigma around outsourcing software development work. In reality, it can be a great long-term investment in your full-time development staff, who are increasingly valuable in today’s market. Here are just a few benefits of outsourcing the right way.

How DevOps and Agile Promote Speed to Market

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In today’s fast-paced world, getting your latest app or website out to market quickly is crucial for business. Traditional software development practices, with long planning cycles and slow time-to-market approaches, can directly impact the bottom line or hurt adoption in the long run. Employing DevOps and Agile practices on your development team, or working with a partner who does, can get your new technology in front of customers faster than other methodologies.