Guest View: Overcoming agile barriers for testers

On balance, the agile movement has been positive for software teams. Increased project success and stakeholder satisfaction, along with productivity and quality improvements, have been gained by organizations adopting agile. The goals of agile are noble ones: to be more responsive to changing business needs and to deliver software faster. Developers love agile because they … continue reading

Industry Watch: Developers are a rare breed

A lot has been written about the mythical developer. Loner. Only comes out at night, when the world is dark and quiet. Codes for a living and then, as a hobby, just for kicks, codes some more. A recent survey of developers and their habits was released last month by Stack Overflow, and some of … continue reading

Guest View: High-performance software teams are single-mindedly focused on these key performance indicators

Software development teams involve many kinds of professionals: business analysts, development managers, engineers, product managers, program managers, quality and user experience professionals and more. All have a stake in running a high-performance team that meets expectations. Yet, “The Study of Product Team Performance” – published by Actuation Consulting and sponsored by Accelerance in 2016 – finds … continue reading

Guest View: Expanding the value of data

Today’s digital economy is increasing exponentially. Organizations that have existed for decades in industries that range from auto manufacturers to high-end retail to athletic apparel – have rebranded as technology companies. As a result of this increasing digitization most products and services we use on a daily basis – cell phones, laptops, watches, even the … continue reading

Guest View: How to monetize apps, according to neuroscience

Where do you stand on the in-app purchases versus ads debate? Ads are an important monetization tool for many of you, while others turn their noses up because they might threaten the user experience. We decided to take the debate to the next level to prove who’s right using neuroscience — and it turns out … continue reading

Guest View: Do graphics processing units make sense for data analytics?

Integrated circuits purpose-built to process graphics have been around since the 1970s, but the term “graphics processing unit” didn’t come into use until 1999. Due to their massively parallel processing capabilities and many generations of advances, GPUs are now being used in a wide variety of other applications, including data analytics. While using GPUs to accelerate … continue reading

Guest View: How to succeed at agile DevOps

Agile and DevOps just might be the two most searched words in the technology vocabulary, and for good reason. Enterprises have embraced these practices as key components of a successful software delivery transformation. But many organizations operating at scale are simply not realizing the full benefits of agile or DevOps techniques because they’ve only deployed … continue reading

Industry Watch: Software testing and the human factor

Test automation is critical for organizations looking to get faster and better at delivering quality software. However, as with many issues surrounding technology, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. Phil Soffer has spent the last 20 years developing and shipping software, as a developer, marketer and now CEO of crowdsource testing company test IO. … continue reading

Analyst View: The IoT: It’s a question of scope

I believe there is a part of the rich history of software development that will be a guiding light, and will support creation of the software that will run the Internet of Things (IoT). It’s all a question of scope. Figure 1 is a six-layer architecture, showing what I consider to be key functional and … continue reading

Guest View: Want to satisfy your millennials? Go low-code

Millennials are quickly taking over the current workforce, and for some companies, this growing segment is bringing with them plenty of challenges. Nowhere is this more evident than in the way they’re changing the prevalence and use of technology in the workplace. From the devices that power their work to the software that drives their … continue reading

Guest View: Racing to become an algorithmic enterprise

The latest contest facing modern business is the quest to become an “algorithmic enterprise,” the next step in the evolution of analytics. Rather than just finding insights within data lakes, an algorithmic enterprise uses insights to automate action. The shift is fundamental — we’re moving from an era of human-centric business to automation-centric business. The … continue reading

Guest View: How to capitalize on Amazon Lex before it’s available to the general public

Amazon’s public preview of Lex, the natural language processing (NLP) platform used by the Amazon Alexa digital assistant, made a splash at AWS re:Invent. With it, developers can create mobile apps, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and chatbots that connect to Lex services, expanding Amazon’s NLP footprint beyond its own products, such as Amazon Echo. … continue reading

Guest View: Bringing electronics engineers into the agile development era

Agile development has been the norm across web and backend development for the last few years. No web developer could withstand the idea of deploy and forget, and no user would withstand a stale website. The benefits of agile development are well understood, faster iterations mean better quality of service for end users, security, and … continue reading

Guest View: Without operational insights, DevOps could become a continuous debacle

Many articles on DevOps tooling attempt to distill an ocean of products into a more drinkable process puddle, like for example: build automation, continuous integration, configuration management, and infrastructure deployment. And it makes sense, since any process that facilitates faster deployments and shorter lead times can result in the business benefits outlined in surveys like … continue reading

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