Next up at NextStep - Marteijn Mout who is the project managers of the 'New
meter market model' at E.ON Benelux. E.ON is one of Europe's largest Energy
providers with over 30 million customers in 30 countries. E.ON Benelux has
around 270,000 customers and they have been a customer of OutSystems since
The project that Marteijn talked to us about during this session was to
support the new Government regulation which demands that Suppliers will be
responsible for the collection and validation of meter data of smart meters
from 2009 and for traditional meters from 2010. He shared a great deal of
information about how E.ON developed their solution using Agile and working
with OutSystems, SAP and other partners.
Describing the team's experience of using OutSystems Agile approach he told
They started with 5 iterations (sprints), with a period length of 2
Nuno Teles, Service Operations Director at OutSystems, launched the afternoon
here at track 2 by talking about the challenges of scoping and sizing an
Agile project. Agile projects are not based on lengthy specifications and
piles of documents. Instead, they are focused on a clear business need and on
understanding and designing the simplest effective solution to address it.
The challenge consists of sizing a project based on fuzzy and high level
At this point Nuno did a demo of the OutSystems Agile Network, where he
showed an entire project scoped in the web inter... (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
Hugo Sousa, IT Director of Turismo de Portugal, started out by sharing with
the audience his commitment to the business goals of Turismo de Portugal. For
that, he showed us his project goals:
Measure and get 90% satisfaction People are all that matters Do IT better
This is a very important change in IT, where usually the metrics are measured
in bandwidth and server uptime!
Hugo pointed out that to do this IT Governance was a must. But because the
rules can change and need to be adapted, Hugo stated that what he really
needed was Agile IT Governance. After looking at several pr... (more)
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)