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7 Tools Tuned for Agile Development Success

Dev shops versed in agile development can choose from a wealth of rapidly improving project management tools to hone their processes

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How to Attract Agile Development Talent

The agile framework for software development brings speed, flexibility and efficiency to IT-focused organizations. But finding and hiring agile talent requires that you shift your outdated mindset and change your hiring practices. ...

How to Install Git, Ruby and Jenkins on Windows

This article provides supplemental instructions to a piece on expediting continuous testing by explaining how to install Git, Ruby and Jenkins on Windows (as opposed to a Mac or Linux environment).

How to Expedite Continuous Testing

Continuous testing automatically executes tests in the background. Using a combination of Jenkins and Circle CI, plus some Ruby and GitHub know-how, will make for a smooth process.

3 Good Ideas From Government Software Projects

Yes, many of the worst examples of software projects come from the public sector. But good news doesn't necessarily make for good headlines. Here, then, are three positive lessons to be learned from government software projects.

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Getting Started With Ruby: A Tour of the Scripting Language

Power tools are great, but if you're just tightening a screw, you don't need a cordless drill. In the world of programming languages, Ruby is the screwdriver that gets the job done with no fuss and no muss. This article will help you...

Is Your CRM Implementation Architecture or Interior Design?

Just because your CRM project involves software, infrastructure and the cloud doesn't mean it's just an engineering project. There's some design work involved, too -- and, as any homeowner can tell you, sometimes the window dressing...

How to Save the Daily Standup Meeting

Scrum introduced development teams to the daily standup. In many organizations, though, this replacement for the weekly status meeting has turned into a daily status meeting. It doesn't have to be that way.

How Story Mapping Complements Agile Development

Story mapping offers a visualization of the steps, or stories, which make up a software development project. This conversation with several experts on the topic discusses how story mapping works, how maps are created and how...

Why Software Testing Can't Save You From IT Disasters

Some software bugs are like the cicadia, emerging only under the 'right' conditions and wreaking havoc until they're stopped. Without the right tools, no amount of software testing can stop these bugs from causing a meltdown. Just ask...

How Code Marketplaces Can Cut Application Development Costs

Buying code modules from a curated marketplace can help usher applications into production on time and on budget. Because code marketplaces guarantee that developers will actively maintain modules, concerns about support are largely...

7 Tech Acronyms and Abbreviations That Need to Go Away

IT is full of shorthand. (Hey, there's one example.) Many abbreviations and acronyms have become standard terms in tech, if not everyday language. But some terms just need to be retired.

U.S. CIO Urges Feds to Fail Fast, Not Fail Big

Taking a page from the private sector, federal CIO Steve VanRoekel calls for a more agile, iterative approach to government IT projects.

How to Use Agile Development to Avoid Project Failures

The rocky rollout of Healthcare.gov is a very public example of a larger issue of software product failures. Can an agile development framework allow software companies to avoid such project management headaches themselves?

23 Signs Your Cloud Project May Be in Trouble

On many an old map, unknown territories were marked, 'Here be dragons!' Sure, it's actionable, but it's not very informative. Centuries later, do we have the same problem with software project management? Here's how to slay the...

Are Purchasing Practices Killing Your Software Projects?

Alan Shepard famously said, 'It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.' Don't let the purchasing department determine the success...

How to Break Bad News About Shipping Software

Imagine you're working on a major project such as Healthcare.gov. Suddenly, you realize there's no way the software will be done on time -- or even work. What do you do? Hear how veteran testers, project managers and developers...

Agile Project Management Lessons Learned From Texas Hold'em

Over the holidays, CIO.com columnist David Taber spent way too much time discovering eternal truths while playing online poker. Take a look at what he learned along the way about agile project management.

Why CRM Financial Analysis Always Fails

A smart person once said, 'As long as you're asking the wrong questions, it doesn't matter what answers you come up with.' When it comes to making the business case for CRM, the CFO is likely to ask too many of the wrong questions.

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