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Statistical Project Management, Part XI: The Nature of Project Completion

by Vince Kellen

Here in Part XI, we discuss how completion time estimates are determined and the biases that affect those estimates.

Jon Ward

How Can AI Improve Agile Projects?

by Jon Ward

In a recent on-demand webinar, “Using AI to Improve Agile Teams,” Cutter Consortium Senior Consultant Jon Ward described a team that was able to cut time-to-market in half and reduce the cost to deliver by 60% by using Agile with artificial intelligence (AI). He addressed how AI could be used to further enhance a team’s productivity, where AI might inhibit it, and outlined where AI can be used to improve your productivity. This Advisor shares some of the questions Jon responded to at the end of the webinar, which you may also be considering.

Unblocking Blockchain

Unblocking Blockchain

by Steven Kursh, by Arthur Schnure

Clearly, blockchain will have an impact on technology and the ways we conduct business and how governments and not-for-profits provide services. But until we alleviate several clear barriers, progress will be slow. We discuss a handful of those barriers in this Advisor, including lack of interoperability, lack of mature toolsets, and lack of qualified personnel.

7 Approaches to Agile Integration

7 Approaches to Agile Integration and Testing

by Donald Reifer

When using Agile methods, the integration and testing effort is performed continuously since capability is built up and delivered in short iterations. In order to implement continuous integration and testing concepts, consider the seven Agile approaches examined in this Advisor.

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Strategic Risk Management for the Adoption of BaaS

by Timothy Virtue

Tim Virtue focuses on the most significant risks of BaaS. He identifies common BaaS risks and proposes mitigation strategies for all of them. Virtue stresses that adoption of innovative business models is essential for new market entrants. In the build-versus-buy debate, he favors buy, although stresses that the BaaS provider should be a trusted partner, not simply a commodity supplier. Despite the significant risks involved in digital trans­formation adoption, doing nothing is the greatest risk of all. 


Blockchain in Energy and Utilities: Definitions, Use Cases, Standards, and Frameworks

by Claudio Lima

Claudio Lima explains how blockchain technology can be used to digitize and foster growth in the energy sector. DLT has the potential to optimize energy management processes and to deal with the growing complexity in the decentralized energy system. Lima introduces the IEEE P2418.5 Standard for Blockchain in Energy, which creates an industry framework that will help with interoperability among different blockchain use cases and technologies. A DLT layer complements existing smart grid architectures, improves grid security and efficiency, and reduces the costs of utility operation.

smart city

Blockchain in Smart City Administration: A Look at OrgBook

by Magesh Kasthuri

Magesh Kasthuri discusses how city administration can use blockchain. He provides various insights into decentralized architecture, including its technology benefits and security implementation. The article highlights a need for self-healing and auto-scaling services within a smart city architecture, which can be achieved by a blockchain network based on HyperLedger Fabric in a cloud environment. Blockchain can make cities more efficient and more resilient and adds greater transparency and security to a city’s digital processes. Applying DLT technologies in smart cities is an opportunity to reshape many aspects of how cities are organized and managed in order to better serve their citizens.


Blockchain Regulatory Sandboxes

by Patryk Walaszczyk

Patryk Walaszczyk discusses regulators’ role in blockchain adoption. He evaluates different approaches to regulatory sandboxes and questions their value in driving innovation and blockchain technology adoption. The author provides information about the scope and objectives of some blockchain sandboxes as well as their outcomes so far. It is to be hoped that current government efforts will accelerate blockchain adoption and that new business models across industries will emerge.