Cutter Edge: Considering Group Dynamics in Agile Adoption

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Cutter Edge: Considering Group Dynamics in Agile Adoption

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Posted November 3, 2015 in

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Considering Group Dynamics in Agile Adoption

by Bhuvan Unhelkar, Senior Consultant, Cutter Consortium

Understanding individuals and how they interact with each other is one of the key priorities of Agile. In fact, the very first statement of the flagship Agile Manifesto highlights this priority. When individuals interact positively with each other, they promote the group’s common goal. This is collaboration. Honest collaboration invariably challenges the inherently territorial nature of humans. We love to hold on to our spaces and boundaries (both geographical and mental). Collaboration permeates those boundaries and makes them porous. The need to break down the territorial mindset in humans is perhaps the hardest thing to comprehend and accept in an Agile culture change. More ...

Startup Barriers for Connected IoT Applications and Services

In a recent survey on the Internet of Things, Curt Hall examined the issues concerning organizations as they pursue IoT initiatives.

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Figure 1 -- What are the biggest issues you see concerning getting started with connected IoT applications and services?

"Security is paramount when it comes to IoT initiatives; the more objects a company connects, the more it opens itself up to possible attack," according to Curt Hall. He asserts that "Frequent reports of attacks on a range of businesses and industrial facilities by security agencies like the NSA, and Chinese, Russian, and criminal hackers — with the intention of conducting commercial and industrial espionage — are forcing many organizations to think long and hard about the possibility of actually ensuring the security of IoT offerings and applications. This is evident in the answers to a follow-on question we asked organizations regarding whether or not they thought that today’s security technologies and practices could be successfully adapted to support IoT-connected solutions. ... the majority of those surveyed believe that the IoT requires some new form of security model and practices if it is to achieve widespread adoption by mainstream organizations." More ...

* Excerpted from "The Internet of Things, Part II: Benefits, Drivers, and Impediments," (Login RequiredData Analytics & Digital Technologies Executive Update Vol. 15 No. 9

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