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Posts tagged with agile development

  Dev Zone

The 3 Mobile Architectures Distilled

I don’t know about you, but I am getting asked more and more to deliver some type of application that has a mobile front end. Of course mobile is one of the big trends nowadays, and there are good reasons for it. In a recent Forrester survey, 75% of decision makers claim that deploying mobile apps has increased their workforce productivity.

The question I seem to get asked often is, how should you implement mobile?  (more…)


ESDC Retrospective

Last week, the OutSystems team attended the Enterprise Software Development Conference (ESDC) in San Mateo California. This is the first year for this show and, as Alan Zeichick notes, it takes up where the old SD West conference left off.  As gold sponsors of the show, we got to both attend the sessions and talk to the conference attendees at the OutSystems booth. (more…)

An official OutSystems "Ball Point Game" Tennis Ball

4 Critical Agile Takeaways from Playing the Ball Point Game

We have recently started playing the “Ball Point Game” in some of our informal Agile learning sessions. This is a game played by some scrum trainers. The basic objective of the game is to get as many balls through the team as possible within two minutes. Each ball must be touched at least once by every team member and must end with the same person with whom it began. After two minutes the team is allowed an additional minute to discuss the process and how it could be improved. It is recommended that the game be played a total of five times or sprints. You can learn more about the game in this Scrumology post. (more…)

Cure outcome uncertainty eye chart
  Dev Zone

How to Cure Outcome Uncertainty in Agile Environments

The uncertainty of outcome is the only certainty. This should ring true to every Agilista out there. Let me give you a minute to think it through. When was the last time you worked on an application development project where the outcome was certain?

In my 25 years in the IT industry the outcome has never been a given. Oh, I tried … we did formal analysis, with Information Strategy Plans, Entity Relationship Models, Process Models, Use Cases, Flow Diagrams, Class Diagrams and the list goes on. But in the end, it only got us so far. The reality was that things changed, we got stuff wrong and the result was not what was expected.  (more…)


The Changing Economics of Application Development

Mike Jones and Carlos Alves of OutSystems got the audience’s brains thinking with a discussion on “The Changing Economics of Application Development” with a set of questions:

Can a company really innovate in today’s economic environment?

– they think “yes”, and gave examples of how new ideas are coming up from the business, they are small but they are making a significant difference to business success – however, they may need custom built software (not packages) due to the need for speed and flexibility.