Agile development explained

Agile software development has been around since the 1990s, but didn’t get the name until the famous meeting of 17 renowned software development thought leaders at Snowbird, Utah resulted in an Agile Manifesto.

The idea behind Agile software development is to reduce time to market by enabling faster iterations of smaller segments of software. Before Agile, organizations would take 12-18 months to write a monolithic application and struggle with ensuring changes weren’t breaking other parts of the application. By reducing the scope of a work project, errors could be caught earlier, before deployment, and remediated more quickly.

Prior to the manifesto being written, Dr. Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber were working on Scrum, while Kent Beck was using Extreme Programming, which calls for pairs of developers to work together in pair programming. There also are other techniques for doing Agile development, such as “mob” programming and test-driven development.

 

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A guide to Agile development tools

Broadcom: Rally Software is an enterprise-class agile management platform purpose built for scaling agile across the enterprise. It enables businesses to make faster and smarter decisions by aligning work with business objectives. Rally provides a central hub for teams across the organization to collaborate, plan, prioritize and track work, and continuously improve. Rally also enables … continue reading

How these companies are solving the pain points of Agile

Agile tools are only meant to support development tools, not drive the process. According to Nick Muldoon, co-founder and co-CEO of Easy Agile, instead, development teams should have an evolving set of practices in place that enables them to continuously deliver value to customers.  “That means they may start with a whiteboard, and in the … continue reading

What’s standing in the way of achieving “true agility”

Digital transformation is now more important than ever. It’s a statement that has continued to be stressed and echoed throughout the industry for years, but with organizations now forced to deal with distributed and remote work, there is a new need to reexamine business models, according to Nick Muldoon, co-founder and co-CEO of Easy Agile. … continue reading

SD Times news digest: Apache Spark 3.0 released, OpenAPI 3.1.0 RC0, Pinpoint Agile ceremonies

The new release includes an accelerator-aware scheduler, adaptive query execution, dynamic partition pruning, as well as performance and SQL compatibility enhancements. Spark SQL is the top active component in this release with 46% of the resolved tickets are for Spark SQL. This year is also the 10-year anniversary of the Spark project. In the TPC-DS … continue reading

Editor’s Blog: Value streams help developers create applications that matter

The effectiveness of software development teams has traditionally been measured by their output — how many lines of code did they write today? How many times was code deployed to production. In short, the measure was speed. The idea that they can move code has always been important. But today, organizations are starting to ask … continue reading

Analyst Watch: 8 traits of an Agile superhero

Agile IT practitioners must exhibit a range of digital business skills that go beyond the ability to code, such as courage, communication and leadership. Application technical professionals who exhibit this diverse and important skill set are what we like to call “Agile superheroes.” Some superheroes, like Superman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man and the Hulk, have superhuman … continue reading

State of Agile report reveals an increased interest in value stream management

As organizations are looking to expand Agile practices throughout the entire business, they are starting to turn to value stream management (VSM). Digital.ai released the 14th annual State of Agile report, which revealed 78% of respondents are interested in VSM, planning to implement it, or in the stages of implementing it.  “We expect a greater … continue reading

LaunchNotes now available to help dev teams keep track of product changes

After three months in private beta, LaunchNotes is now generally available. LaunchNotes is a new platform designed to keep development teams on top of product changes, communicate with users about changes coming, and provide updates to stakeholders.  According to the company, Agile and DevOps practices are making it hard to communicate the right information to … continue reading

Compuware releases new functionalities for shifting performance testing left

Compuware is releasing new capabilities that aim to automate shift-left performance testing on the mainframe.  The capabilities include a new Jenkins-Strobe integration designed to give developers fast feedback on application performance; and a new REST API for the company’s APM solution Strobe. Additionally, Compuware ISPW, Topaz for Total Test, and Strobe can work together seamlessly … continue reading

Creating value requires feedback loops

While companies are starting down the value stream, assessing and mapping their operations and product delivery to find areas of bottleneck and waste, another critical aspect of value stream management is feedback loops. People discuss applying manufacturing techniques to software creation and delivery, and breaking down their product portfolios into work for the development or … continue reading

HCL AppScan 10 to come with improved app security testing capabilities

HCL has announced a major update to its automated application security testing and management tool. AppScan 10 is designed to provide faster and more accurate security scans, secure DevOps and help enterprises manage application security problems.  “AppScan V10 is another example of HCL Software’s commitment to unlocking new value in a battle-tested product that thousands … continue reading

premium Guest View: Don’t use velocity as a weapon

As I travel around talking to Scrum teams, developers and pretty much anyone involved in building products, they seem to always bring up “velocity.”  Don’t get me wrong; velocity is a good measure, but it is only ONE measure, and it is one that can be quite subjective as well. In Scrum, for example, teams … continue reading

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