Agile Technologies To Develop Processes and Effective SOA Infrastructures

Tony van Büüren van Heijst

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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)

Adopting Usability in an Agile Environment

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)

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)