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)
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
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)