One of the key pillars of Agile is trusting teams to self-organise. In practice, this often looks like teams picking their own tools to use. While it might sound like a scary, messy concept, if you have good talent they’ll be motivated to stay organised and on track with whatever solution they choose - or roll over to a better one when they find it.
Software development is an ever-evolving field. What was cutting edge five years ago is now standard or surpassed by something even faster, more effective, or more feature-rich. One of the changes that the field has undergone in recent years is swapping over development, test, and deployment software environments to the cloud.
Creating a digital roadmap for your business should be a key priority as we head into 2020 and beyond. If you haven’t yet started the digital transformation process, then it’s about time you begin the journey.
Productivity in software development is typically tricky to measure. Is it how fast your team are doing something? It has been proven time and again that lines of code is a poor measure; are the number of modules an indicator? The degree of module reuse within a project, or from previous projects?
When we talk about wireframes, mock-ups, and prototypes, we are talking about graphical representations of software - how a system will look to end-users - and, in the case of the prototype, how it will work, too. This is generally in the form of an app (whether web, mobile, or desktop), although you might get clever with things like IoT and smart watch displays, too.
The allure of cloud computing isn’t just in its portability – its in the fact that you can wind up saving money on computing infrastructure and resources, too. Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, akin to Amazon’s AWS. If you are already running MS Office in your organisation, then considering rolling over some functionality to Azure holds quite the allure.
Fixed price contracts can be rather tricky in a Scrum environment. Classic software development and Agile software development are very different from one another, and things that work in one environment don’t necessarily work in another.