Ana Paula of Whatever Consulting spoke this afternoon on "OutPractices: Agile
Transformations of any Software Development Process". She talked to us about
a subject close to her heart - the Eclipse Process Framework (EPF) which aims
at producing a customizable software process engineering framework, with
exemplary process content and tools, supporting a broad variety of project
types and development styles. Ana spoke in particular on how OutSystems
customers can leverage the EPF library to further develop their in-house
processes especially when they need to include the use of other
non-OutSystems processes or methods.
First, she described the The EPF Agile Kernel - they asked "what is the
minimum aspects of a process that make a method Agile?"...and came up with
the idea of a Kernel which is the smallest process that you can have. Each
agile-related method was brok... (more)
Gem, User Experience Engineer of OutSystems, closed track 2 sessions by
talking about how usability and agility can work well together.
Gem started by highlighting the similarities between usability and Agile,
including the fact that they are iterative and that they both mean extra
value for the company. But, as Gem pointed out, there are also some
fundamental differences, including the fact that usability is slower than
Agility and most feedback is gathered from outside the team, as opposed to
coming from the team.
Because of this, mixing both can be a challenge, and Gem pointed o... (more)
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)
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)
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