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Plan and Control: A Value Stream Perspective

by Steve Bell

Many large enterprises struggle with annual project budgeting cycles; big up-front planning; arduous governance, portfolio, program, and project management and control mechanisms; and other systemic efforts that, while intending to establish more predictability/control and less risk, often do just the opposite. This can cause Agile initiatives to falter or to collapse under the weight of an unrelenting command-and-control mindset.

Executive Update

Agile Management, Part I: What and Why

by Murray Cantor

Software has been a crucible of management practice. Developing software requires a wide mix of types of work from mostly routine to highly innovative. For that reason, there is no one-size-fits-all solution to software development. While Agile does not fully solve the development management problem and is still evolving, there are important lessons we can learn from Agile principles for a wide range of business practices.


Seeking the Right Dev-QA Ratio on an Agile Team

by Maurizio Mancini

There has been a long-standing debate on what is the right ratio of developers to QA (dev-QA) on software engineering teams. Many managers face this debate on a regular basis. Some people argue that you need to keep a 1-to-1 ratio of dev-QA, whereas others say that you need no QA people on The Team and that developers should be responsible for the code they write.

Declan Whelan

Why Is There Rampant Technical Debt?

by Declan Whelan

This article explores some of the circumstances that have led to rampant technical debt and offers some suggestions on how they might be averted. 

Executive Update

Architecting the Digital Enterprise

by Nagendra Kumar, by Pradipta Chakraborty

The rapid pace of technology innovation that characterizes the digital economy is altering established competitive landscapes, breaking industry barriers, and redefining the core parameters of customer relationships. Competing in this disruptive, digitally fueled business environment — and realizing the unprecedented growth potential of digital business — requires a level of agility and responsiveness that cannot be delivered by conventional business strategies and operating models. 

In this Executive Update, we explore the implications of four imperatives to identify the key architectural characteristics and capability foundations that define a digital enterprise.