Agile and Visibility for the Sponsor


One of the twelve principles supporting agile manifesto is: Build projects around motivated individuals.  Give them the environment and support they need, and trust them to get the job done. But, in a real life organization setup just trusting the team to get the job done may not be sufficient. Funding for every project comes out  somebodies … Continue reading

Agile Projects are more Successful – Survey Result


Survey conducted by Scott Ambler has consistently (2008, 2010 & 2011) shown that Agile and Iterative Projects have been more successful. Apart from the fact that Agile has been consistently been more successful compared to traditional approach, these survey result show two more interesting result – one of them is very surprising. 1) The gap … Continue reading

Contracting for Agile Project Outsourcing


Irrespective of what the Agile Manifesto says (“Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation”) we do require signed contract for ANY medium to large software outsourcing engagements – and that includes agile projects. Why? Because when there is a commercial arrangement between 2 parties for delivery of any service where a significant amount of financial transaction is … Continue reading

Agile Maturity Model – 3 Different Approaches


Though we do not have an accepted model for accessing the level of maturity of adoption of agile methodology, there three distinct schools of thought on what an “Agile Maturity Model” could be. The first school of thought maintains that agile methodologies are only a means to an end and what is right for an … Continue reading

Off-shoring and Moving from Waterfall to Agile


For quiet some time I have been a proponent of agile methodologies. It has been a fascinating experience trying to persuade people to move from waterfall to agile. Right now the industry is in an overdrive towards adoption of agile methodologies and the doubters are taking a back seat. We seem to be moving towards … Continue reading