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Figure 4 — The ADF activities perspective.

A New Perspective on Agile Development Frameworks

by Robin Harwood

In this Advisor, I introduce an Agile development framework (ADF); not a mainstream Agile offering like Scrum, but rather something I tend to carry around in my head when trying to think about the various views, products, roles, and tasks that a multidisciplined team can bring to bear for different types of Agile projects.


Sifting Through Data: Using Fine Granularity for an Agile Business

by Bhuvan Unhelkar

In this Advisor, I highlight the need to understand the optimal granularity level in analytics to maximize business value. I also point to the need for business owners and strategists to incorporate context in analytics in a balanced manner in ascertaining the granularity levels. Granularity levels can vary dynamically depending on the needs of the business. Due consideration to such dynamicity ensures that time, cost, and corresponding use of resourcing in undertaking analytics are all utilized to provide maximum value to the business.

Executive Update

An Agile Development Framework for Business Analysts: Part III — A Process Toolbox

by Robin Harwood

Here in Part III, we begin to explore what type of process might be employed at a business analysis level when using the ADF, starting with an examination of some ADF activities and thinking about the inputs, steps, and outputs produced. We then delve into how business analysis fits into the ADF for the early and continuous delivery of valuable system capabilities.


Using Agile Leadership Models to Delight the Customer

by John Hogan

Empowering the people who face the customer to drive business decisions is a hallmark of the Agile organization. Agile leadership, explored in this Advisor, replaces command and control in the Agile organization.

Figure 1 — Frictionless commerce application considerations.

The Merchant Digital Ecosystem: Toward a Frictionless Commerce Environment

by Karlene Cousins, by Pouyan Esmaeilzadeh, by George Marakas, by Richard Klein

While cash still has its place in society, we cannot ignore the growing digitization of money. If digital forms of commerce simplify users’ lives and make it easier for customers to get what they want, when they want it, we can expect to see a much more rapid migration toward merchant mobile applications.


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Bhuvan Unhelkar

Looking at Cloud Characteristics in the Context of Big Data

by Bhuvan Unhelkar

In the context of cloud computing, big data analytics requires careful consideration of storage, integration, security, and pricing.

Figure 1 — The Scrum process.

Agile Leadership in Scrum

by John Hogan

In this Advisor, we align the Agile leadership framework to the key players in the Scrum process.