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Posts tagged with Agile

  Platform in Action

The Hack for Surviving the Second- System Syndrome

Our mission was clear: We wanted OutSystems Platform 10 to generate awesome mobile apps. The platform generated (server-rendered) web applications, so we had to do a major system redesign, which included changing not only the runtime, but also large parts of the visual programming language, the compiler and the IDE.

We called it “The New Runtime Project.”

We knew it was a massive undertaking, a bet-the-company project that would take almost 2 years. We all hate large projects and their tendency to overstay their welcome, their goodbye, and forever grow larger.

So we were scared. We were terrified. But our customers tell us we’re one of the best R&D departments in the world, so we were pretty sure we had the needed technical skills. (more…)

  Platform in Action

How TDG Rebuilt an Aging HR System with OutSystems


Over the past 40 years, Transnational Diversified Group (TDG) has transformed itself from a shipping agency into a diverse group of businesses. Today, the organization is made up of 35 distinct companies that are engaged in activities ranging from logistics to travel and tourism to information and communications technology, among others. Collectively, those companies employ 4,000 professionals across the Philippines. (more…)


Business Analysts in Agile: Love’em or Hate’em?

I got to listen to a replay of the “CIO Power Panel” from NextStep 2012 recently, and found a gold nugget around the role of Business Analysts in an Agile development approach. (more…)

  Dev Zone

Agile By the Numbers – Which Ones Don’t Make Sense?

As an agile practitioner I have had the chance to participate in many different projects over the last five years. I have had a chance to see projects of beauty and those that simply did not go as desired. Recently, I was asked to support a project where the customers’ IT team was embracing agile and trying to follow a SCRUM based approach ‘by the numbers’. It was this project that shone some light on the way we practice Agile here at OutSystems and has helped me really reflect on our enterprise approach and things we practice that just make sense.


  Dev Zone

An Agile Career with OutSystems

This week I had the chance to interview Rui David, a long-time OutSystems partner and enthusiast. We talked about how he got interested in OutSystems, the impact OutSystems has made on his professional life and why he decided to create a new website aggregating listings of OutSystems jobs. I hope you find his journey with OutSystems as interesting as I did. (more…)

  Dev Zone

SCRUM vs. Kanban

At the OutSystems R&D department, we’ve been using Scrum for quite some time now. But lately, I’ve been hearing quite a lot about Kanban. I’ve even heard of a team that’s considering moving from Scrum to Kanban to be more efficient! With such claims I was obviously curious to find out more about this methodology, and how it relates to Scrum.


  Platform in Action

Embracing New Business Models with the Agile Platform

The final customer case study of the day, but certainly not the least, was presented by Rui Ribeiro, of Estradas de Portugal. This organization works to fund, maintain, plan and extend the road system throughout Portugal as a public service, and Rui talked about the importance of IT in supporting the changes that the company is undergoing. (more…)

  Dev Zone

Cultivating Agile Across the Enterprise

Pedro Barreto, from Bacardi Martini Portugal, stepped down from his IT Manager position and took over a truly honest and open stance, sharing his personal experiences with agile methodologies and OutSystems.

He started by quickly reviewing his past (and bad) experiences with Waterfall models, purchased packages and several failed custom built projects. He knew that had to be a better way, and was looking for something new, something fresh, that would allow Bacardi’s IT to reach the desired level of responsiveness and agility. (more…)

  Platform in Action

First Two Agile Projects: Lessons Learned

Kicking off the after-lunch slot the, now stranded, COOLProfs team of Ton Koot and Joop Stringer from Holland started things off with a bang. COOLProfs is an OutSystems partner specializing in application development and CA Gen. They talked to us about how to execute an Agile project on-time and on-budget. They shared their experience of their first two Agile projects and used two customer examples to show how things can go; both a project that goes well and as expected, and one that does not. (more…)

  Platform in Action

Overcoming Extreme Customer Environments with Agile

“Agile is key to overcome difficult customer environments”

José Luís Ferreira, Partner at Pessoas & Processos (P&P), took the audience through a voyage to Africa, and shared his adventures in delivering a custom Facilities Management System for Sonangol, the largest oil company in Angola. (more…)