The idea behind the #NoEstimates approach to software development isn't to eliminate estimates but, rather, to explore other ways to solve problems without specifically asking, 'How long will it take?' Here are five real-world examples of teams that are doing just that.
Ask an 'agile coach' what he or she does and the answer could range from write code to run meetings. It's not what you'd necessarily expect an agile coach to be doing, but that doesn't mean the role is unnecessary.
Sure, there's admin certification to verify knowledge and experience, but even certified admins make errors. While these errors are easy to spot, preventing them may mean sending employees back to school.
If software development teams can take the time they spend estimating how long a project will take and start to execute that project instead, they can go that much faster. But what does a world without estimates look like — and what might it mean for the business?
If it's true that the best CRM systems are built, not bought, then which features should you be building? And how should you build them? As with riding a bike, implementing a CRM system gets much harder once you take off the training wheels–or, in this case, the out-of-the-box features.
Enterprise bug bounty programs are increasing in popularity. They offer cash to hackers who find and report security vulnerabilities and are an effective way for large organizations to beef up the security of their software.
f you haven't read Nassim Taleb 'Anti-Fragile,' it's time to break out your e-reader. Big software projects are constitutionally doomed because they're fragile. Agile may be the way to go, but what can you do to make sure your agile project doesn't become fragile?
Steven VanRoekel sees the federal-agency CIO as a pivotal figure, but not a micromanager. At FOSE, the nation's tech chief outlines how federal CIOs can lay the groundwork for a more fluid, productive IT apparatus.
Three years after Chatter's release, there are many who still doubt Salesforce.com's collaboration platform. It's time to wake up and smell the coffee. The long-term collaboration improvements are worth the short-term workflow disruptions.
The virtualization giant adds project management and secure messaging capabilities to its enterprise social networking and collaboration platform in an effort to break down information silos and centralize workflow.
George Carlin made phrases like 'jumbo shrimp' famous. But the need to control agile projects is no joke. Ask the right questions along the way, though, and you'll bring order to a process than can easily turn chaotic.
The work is due next month, but you know it won't be done for three months. Now what? A group of programmers and consultants met at a recent software development conference to swap war stories and discuss management and firefighting challenges.
The U.S. military chose not to use any sort of financial-management software to track money it spent in Iraq. Thanks to a report from auditors and investigators, the government now has some idea of where all that cash went. But the report does not paint a pretty picture.
Businesses are moving fast to address the demand for both employee- and customer-facing mobile apps. However, there is a danger in rushing. Here are five ways to avoid pushing out a mobile app too soon.
Some parts of vendor evaluation never change. Many folks boil it down to just three words: References, references and references. In the cloud, you really need to do a more thorough screening. References are important, but they are only part of the process.
The agile development community gave up on the idea of 'approving' specifications and designs about 10 years ago. The next thing to go may just be the when-to-ship decision. As software release schedules are increasingly compressed, here are three ways to rethink the ship/no ship decision.
Agile is the best approach for CRM projects, but what if management just won't let you go there? What does it really mean to have a fixed-price, fixed-deliverable project? You will have to put in more effort, but you can succeed in the long run.
Royal Caribbean Cruises deploys and uses software to manage a fleet of 40 of the largest ships in the world. Every week, data for thousands of guests is offloaded alongside luggage and souvenirs. Find out how Royal Caribbean manages data on land and at sea now–and what its plans to do in the future.
Bring Your Own Device programs promise to remove the cost of smartphones from a company's balance sheet. But most companies transitioning from company-issued smartphones to BYOD aren't even breaking even. Here's a breakdown on BYOD's hidden costs and some tips from those in the trenches on how to make BYOD work for your business.
A study by Forrester Research and LinkedIn finds that IT decision makers are turning to social networks for information during all phases of the purchasing process. Here's a look at the findings (including an infographic on the impact of social media) and tips for using LinkedIn to get the information you need.
According to a report from IBM, 62 percent of enterprises will increase social business spending in the next three years. But companies are still struggling with the cultural changes that a social business implementation requires. Here's a look at new statistics plus tips for ensuring adoption.
CIOs often think of change management in terms of workflows, deployment strategies and budgets. It's just as crucial, though, to make sure executives, subordinates and other colleagues are equal partners in the process. That way, when change does happen, employees actually embrace it.
Producers at MLB.com suffered from email overload and needed to streamline their workflow and increase collaboration. Here's a look at how they greatly reduced email and simplified its publishing processes.
A roundtrip flight to Hong Kong for less than $50 may sound too good to be true, but a glitch on the United Airlines website back in June let customers get a ticket for just four miles points, plus fees. Three simple tips that any company can apply to risk management could have prevented this glitch and the PR nightmare that followed.
Good project managers can be a key differentiator for a business, so your company's investment in their development and training is essential. Recent studies and industry experts agree that next-generation Project Management Offices that actively engage in helping employees put the skills learned in training to work on the job result in higher levels of maturity and success.
A fable that CIO.com columnist Rob Enderle heard from his grandmother many years ago still resonates today. The message is simple–if you pour salt into a pot of tea, pour it out and start over–and it applies to many an IT investment.
Knight Capital lost $440 million in 30 minutes due to something the firm called a 'trading glitch.' In reality, poor software development and testing models are likely to blame. Here's what your company can do to avoid similar embarrassment and huge losses.
The disruptive innovation that is the cloud has given developers significantly more influence than they, and their organizations, are used to having. This means the agile, sometimes unstructured world of the developer is increasingly coming into contact with more rigid business groups. Making everyone happy may mean reengineering IT processes.
A smooth and efficient business-IT partnership was imperative to TD Bank's successful enterprise social network deployment. Here's how they worked together to bring collaboration to more than 65,000 users.
FileMaker is offering its full-featured Bento 4 personal database tool for only $5 through the end of July. That’s a great deal on an awesome (mostly) iPad app, according to CIO.com blogger James A. Martin.
An experienced firm that knows your business and knows what it takes to implement software will do a better job with an inferior product than a vendor with a great product but no know-how. Columnist Rob Enderle says it's high time to accept that.
Communication options have exploded with the massive increase in mobile devices. While the standard phone call and text message definitely have their place, online communication channels are opening up new avenues for chatting. If you worry that this could lead to wasted time at the office, keep in mind that it also allows for the rapid spread of creative ideas and collaboration on a scale that has never before been seen.
Despite all the changes to application lifecycle management (ALM), IT organizations are doing just fine when it comes to core development processes. It is the "bookend" processes of requirements management and release management that need help.
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