Agile

DevOps, Agile and Microservices

Tags: Agile, MicroservicesPosted: 01/31/2017

Overview DevOps provides the principles, practices, and tools, coupled with organizational and cultural changes, to allow application-focused teams to deliver functionality to the end user via repeatable, predictable processes.   Agile methodologies such as Scrum and SAFe break down this DevOps…

Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) and Software Test Life Cycle (STLC) in Agile/Scrum Development Approach.

Tags: software development, Agile, ScrumPosted: 01/31/2017

Software development is difficult and risky as it can result in cost overruns, schedule slippages, low product quality, and project cancellation for non-viability. The maintenance of tighter development models such as the widespread Waterfall is threatened by innovative and more flexible models.…

Application of IV&V on Agile Projects: Part 2

Tags: Agile, IV&V, Execution, Monitoring & Control, Close Out, Scrum, Sprint, INVEST, Test Driven DevelopmentPosted: 12/20/2016

IV&V activities and tasks are performed in accordance with the following four lifecycle phases of Agile project management: Planning, Execution, Monitoring & Control, and Closing. The planning phase of this lifecycle was described in the previous…

Quantitative Sprint Metrics

Tags: Sprint, Agile, Velocity, Burndown, Burnup, metrics, Cumulative Flow DiagramPosted: 12/20/2016

Teams use Sprint Metrics to evaluate progress within a Sprint, plan for future Sprint(s), and provide data for continuous improvement. There are many different metrics and data points that provide a holistic view of an Agile team’s progress, performance, and culture. The metrics in this article are…

Don’t Fear “The Agile”: Incorporating the Project Manager into Scrum

Tags: Agile, Scrum, Project Manager, ScrumMaster, PMIPosted: 11/30/2016

According to a survey conducted by QualSys Solutions, there are three top reasons for adopting Agile in an IT development environment: accelerating time to market, increasing productivity, and allowing for an easily managed priority changes (Korson 2015). As Agile becomes an increasingly accepted…

The Application of IV&V on Agile Projects

Tags: IV&V, AgilePosted: 11/30/2016

Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) is recognized as a systematic approach to improve product quality, increase process compliance, and ensure intended use and customer needs. It has been applied to all system development projects regardless of development methodology used (i.e.,…

FISMA Compliance and the Agile Scrum

Tags: Agile, ScrumPosted: 10/31/2016

All teams that build software products for the federal government must make sure that their products meet security requirements mandated by the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). However, teams using Agile Scrum tend to focus on business-related functionality in the form of user…

Benefits of Applying Multiple Agile Frameworks in Software Delivery

Tags: Agile, software deliveryPosted: 10/31/2016

Most often, companies assume that in order to be "Agile” they must apply Scrum. While Scrum is part of the Agile framework, Agile is not just Scrum. There are many frameworks that can be applied and implemented in an organization with similar or even better transformation results. However, there is…

Waterfall versus Agile: The Pros and Cons

Tags: waterfall methodology, AgilePosted: 10/31/2016

Waterfall versus Agile: The Pros and Cons The Waterfall methodology first defines what needs to be delivered so that everyone knows the scope and holds a detailed description of what is being designed. A business analyst typically spends time with the client or end-user of the system to capture…

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Tags: project management, AgilePosted: 09/19/2016

At a recent company event, our Executive VP (Bill Giandoni) challenged us to take up a hobby that we can use as a creative outlet. Thanks to that challenge (and Pinterest) I have recently been experimenting with woodworking – specifically, building furniture from old wood pallets. This is an…