On September 10th I'll be presenting a webinar entitled Commitment in an Uncertain World - Agile Estimation, Planning and Contingency Management, which will be presented in conjunction with Unicom and the 2014 Agile Business Conference.
I recently attended a round-table event in which one attendee described Agile as, “making it up as you go along”. When challenged she responded, “I was just being facetious”. Interestingly the description was repeated later in evening, presumably to be doubly-facetious.
A guest blog by James Blackstock.
A couple of years ago I had an interesting role fixing a scaled Agile project, which had gone horribly wrong. In the short-term, I decided to kill Agile in the group. Now to many this sounds rather extreme and please understand I am a huge Agile proponent! The problem was that Agile had become the excuse, and not the solution to many problems facing the team.
We are currently working on an exciting project to deliver a social media application in the creative sector. The project is being run as an Agile project. IndigoBlue are supplying the scrum mastering, project management and coaching for the client and the supplier, who is developing the application. The supplier for the application development and web is relatively small, and uses an associate type resourcing model for design and project management, this seems to be working well. The management of design in the project is proving to be the most interesting and challenging of tasks.
The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed the recent appearance of a new logo on the IndigoBlue website. We hope you like it. Its development journey has been interesting with a number of lessons learned.
IndigoBlue is delighted to announce the acquisition of CRM and Marketing Automation Consultancy 70 Fathoms. This brings specialist expertise in CRM, Marketing Automation and Subscription Management to build upon IndigoBlue’s considerable strengths in delivering business aligned strategy and IT change projects in a wide range of sectors.
For more information please see IndigoBlue - 70 Fathoms Press Release
For the first dozen years or so in my software development career I practiced the art of waterfall, as everyone did. The project effort was split equally between design, build and test. So, about a third was allocated to design. The big design sometimes didn’t hold up to requirements and we did have to do redesign during build, and sometimes, with great shame, during test. Maybe it was over a third in the end.
So anyone who has ready my blogs before will probably have realised that I am pretty interested in new financial models within software. The old ‘build it and they will come’ up front development approach seems a bit out of date compared to some of the new ideas that have been used in the last few years. Crowdfunding and micropayment models are now established The first signs of funded collaborative development similar to my Community Refined Development model are also in place.
I took a few days out last week to go and deliver a testing workshop at the Romanian Testing Conference 2014 in the rather grand university town of Cluj-Napoca. Despite it being a rather shorter visit than I would have liked, it was a great opportunity to connect with the local technology community and in particular those looking to further their testing craftsmanship. The conference itself was a two day affair with day one consisting of a number of duel track talks and day two set aside for workshops.