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Tony van Büüren van Heijst

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Eric ten Harkel, founder and manager of COOLProfs, started this really insightful and humorous look at some provocative reasons a company shouldn't use Model Driven Development:  You want to hide behind technologyProducing hours is all that mattersMethodology over deliveryYour most important goal is management attentionYour marketing manager is color blindYou are not in the 21st century yetHigh productivity is a threat With over 23 years of model based development using Agile-like methods, Eric took a look at how the industry has evolved and outlined his thoughts on opportunties for improvement. He discussed the outsourcing movement, but stated that the value of Agile and the need for business alignment will kill this for all but the most commodity-based applications. Eric pointed out that development takes too long and is too hard with current tools like Visual... (more)

Getting approval & funding for Agile IT projects - do we need to change corporate culture?

During last week's Agile-in-a-Day workshop in the Netherlands, I participated in an interesting discussion with the group of 25+ current and future Agile practitioners - on the impact of Agile methodologies on well established corporate processes and culture. In particular, on the question of moving Corporate IT to Agile and how that means changing the traditional way that IT projects get approved and funded.  The group felt that breaking the traditional cycle of detailed requirements documents, mandatory project deliverables and change requests would impact the entire project ap... (more)

Agile Methodologies to Improve SOA

Recently industry analysts, press, and bloggers have been writing about the state of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and whether it's "dead" or in the "trough of disillusionment." These discussions have been fueled by surveys that suggest a decline in the number of organizations considering SOA, or that organizations have evaluated, but decided to shelve SOA for the time being. Or, even worse, that after an initial investment in implementing SOA architectures, organizations have been unable to capitalize on these investments. So, what's happening? What were these companies ex... (more)

Introducing Agile: Hidden Benefits (and Some Challenges)

Our next presentation was by Stefan Meier, Associate Director, Software Development, Information Sciences Department at XDx. Xdx is a biotech company that relies on software and technology for their Molecular Diagnostic Technology. They assess patients who have had a heart transplant and whether they are likely to accept or reject the transplant. They are also working on a clinical study to provide the data to find correlations between genetics and pathology in disease/immune system-related areas. Prior to Agile & OutSystems - the development team was 5 developers and 2 SQA and... (more)

Key take-aways from this year's Forrester's IT Forum

Last week, I attended Forrester's IT Forum in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.  In looking back over my notes I wanted to share some of the highlights.  The first keynote started off with the resounding words:  "Never Waste a Good Crisis".  Bobby Cameron, Vice President, Principal Analyst, Forrester  expanded on this notion it appeared that the main point is that during a crisis change tends to be accelerated which should allow those savvy IT organizations to address these key challenges: •    How do I get leaner and reduce IT waste? •    How do I protect and promote innovation? •    How do... (more)