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 interface. To illustrate how
scoping works, Nuno added a new story and some features to the project. When
it came to sizing, everyone was amazed at how easily Nuno selected key parts
of the story text and turned them into planned action items.
According to Nuno, OutSystems uses a long proven sizin... (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
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)
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)
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)