Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Top Agile and Project Management articles in 2013 from Cutter

I am happy to share that one of my articles   Agile Maturity Assessments: Boon or Bane? has been made it to the Top Agile articles list in 2013 on Cutter.


Here are the list of top 6 articles:

1. On Agile and Discipline

by Jens Coldewey

There is a conception in the public debate that Agile is a basically undisciplined approach. Book titles such as Balancing Agility and Disciplinefuel this perception. In a debate on Agile and CMMI we had earlier this year, Cutter Senior Consultant Hillel Glazer rightly pointed out that "it would be incongruous to ignore the plentiful examples of dreadfully undisciplined 'Agile' adoptions resulting in 'Agile in name only'" (see "'Agile vs. CMMI': The Debate Goes On").

2. A Three-Tier Model for Guiding Your Agile Implementation

by Israel Gat

The beauty of Agile software methods is that they enable us to focus with a singularity of purpose on the iteration management and project management aspects of the software delivery process. Numerous other aspects of software delivery, such as those shown in Figure 1, are, of course, of critical importance. Yet, it is the sustained and continuous focus on how we perform iteration management and project management that leads to eventual success with Agile.

3. The Five Keys to Organizational Agility: From Agile to Agility

by Rob Thomsett

This Executive Report outlines a major Australian bank's four-year journey from using Agile models for some software development projects to an enterprise-wide agility model in responding to and delivering change, all in an effort to completely commit to agility transformation across the organization. The report presents five key lessons relevant to all organizations and to which all businesspeople interested in leveraging and broadening the true power of the Agile revolution must pay attention. The report also examines various practical approaches to the issues each of these key lessons raise. These approaches have worked successfully at the bank, despite a major reorganization during the past year.

4. Agile Maturity Assessments: Boon or Bane?

by Venkatesh Krishnamurthy

In the last two decades, organizations have moved from applying waterfall toward embracing Agile methods. However, one thing that has not changed much during that time is measuring the maturity levels. ThisAdvisor offers some tips and techniques for improving the Agile maturity assessment process.

5. Agile and Outsourcing: A Disciplined Approach

by Scott Ambler

Your initial instincts for how to run an outsourced project are likely to hurt you more than help you. Outsourcing introduces a collection of risks that can be uniquely addressed with a disciplined agile strategy. Luckily, the Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD) process decision framework provides a foundation from which you can tailor a viable strategy for disciplined agile outsourcing. In this recorded webinar, Senior Consultant Scott Ambler explores strategies for effectively initiating and governing an outsourced IT delivery project in an Agile manner.

6. Introducing the API Economy: A Dialogue

by Jim Plamondon

This Executive Report introduces the API Economy to CxO-level executives of industries outside IT. It follows a novel dialogue format, as if it were a transcription of an introductory consulting session with the CEO and CIO of a fictional company in the oil and gas industry. The report defines API and the API Economy, discusses some of the many API business models, argues that this economy extends a proven software architecture onto the Internet, presents that architecture as a tool for thinking about business models, and discusses the role of developer relations in making APIs successful. The report then applies these ideas to the task of solving one of the fictional company's billion-dollar business problems using an API-based approach.

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