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The Agile Trust Factor

Written on February 16, 2012

One of the most important but least discussed aspects of agile is the trust necessary for a team to be efficient and successful. We discuss why on the blog.

 

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What Works and What Works Better

Written on February 10, 2012

Today I want to point you guys to a blog post from software engineer John Sonmez. The article is called The Development Pendulum. John makes some excellent points about the nature of development in today’s industry – specifically those who ascribe to agile philosophies such as test-driven development, continuous builds, and pair programming. You should […]

 

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Don’t Forget the IT Department

Written on December 15, 2011

A recent survey of CIO’s indicates that internal IT departments are often out of the loop when it comes to third-party services such as cloud and SaaS.

 

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Microsoft Embraces Apache Hadoop

Written on October 18, 2011

Yesterday Ted Kummert gave a PASS Summit 2011 keynote address,announcing that Microsoft will be utilizing Hadoop-based distributions for both Windows Server and Windows Azure.

 

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Are Your IT Skills Up-to-Date?

Written on October 5, 2011

What IT skills are going to be most in demand over the next year? We look at a recent survey from Computerworld and discuss the result on our blog. Expanding skillsets and utilizing new technologies is a critical skill for any IT professional, and now is the time to be branching out into some new areas.

 

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All Together Now

Written on July 11, 2011

The reigning days of segmenting a company are behind us. Oh sure, there will always be divisions and departments by necessity, but Morton has other ideas.

 

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Waterfall and Agile

Written on March 21, 2011

Looking both across the Internet and through our own articles, it often feels as though agile is presented as an alternative to the more traditional waterfall method. The implication is that waterfall is the old way, agile is the new way, and never the twain shall meet.

 

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A Short History of Agile

Written on March 7, 2011

Agile emerged in the early 2000’s as an alternative to the traditional waterfall-style management that many felt was at the root of common issues such as delays and poor internal communication. Closely related to emerging methodologies such as Extreme Programming and DSDM, Agile came on the scene with the publishing of the Agile Manifesto in 2001.

 

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How are PMBOK and Waterfall Related?

Written on February 17, 2011

Coming off the heels of our three-headed discussion of requirements analysis, we’re going to branch out into some more project management-focused discussion. Namely, we’re going to talk about the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide, or PMBOK.

 

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The Documents of the Requirements Analysis

Written on February 2, 2011

The three primary documents from this phase are the business requirements report, the conceptual systems design plan, and the strategy documents (training, testing, implementation, etc).

 

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