Dec. 5, 2012, 4 a.m.

Transparency With Scrum (Part II)

On the client side, requirements were formulated by the Business Unit and finalized and managed for the supplier’s team by the Product Owner (PO), and a business analyst on the supplier side played the role of Proxy Product Owner (PPO).

Nov. 30, 2012, 4 a.m.

Transparency With Scrum (Part I)

This is the first in a series of posts discussing how Scrum improves chances of outsourcing success and cuts costs through discipline, transparency and tighter integration between customer and provider.

Nov. 28, 2012, 4 a.m.

Don't Outsource Your Development

Yes, you read that right. I work for a software development outsourcing firm, and I am telling you not to outsourceyour software development. But why not? Everyone’s doing it, and everyone can’t be mistaken, right?

July 25, 2012, 4 a.m.

Outsourcing Chaos Begets More Chaos

A recent example of software-related troubles at RBS described in this article is a good illustration of the GIGO principle (“garbage in, garbage out”). If you have a mess on your hands, outsourcing it won’t solve the problem.

July 10, 2012, 4 a.m.

Case Against Agile: It’s Too Damn Hard

This article has been beaten to death by many, including this blog. Still, I wanted to talk about several reasons why some organizations have difficulties adopting Agile. And if what I have to say is controversial, oh well, so be it.

Jan. 23, 2012, 4 a.m.

Cucumber and BDD

When Agile methods were first emerging, their proponents claimed that everything was going to be simple: we code units and the unit tests to test them, and the Customer writes acceptance tests. If the tests pass, it’s done.

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