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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…)

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Do’s & Don’ts of Legacy Modernization

We recently met with Lawrence Wilkes, Director and Principal Consultant with Everware-CBDi, to talk about how IT departments are addressing their legacy systems.

We will post Lawrence’s response to the following three questions over our next few blog posts:

  • What are the top three things you’ve seenpeople do to successfully address the competing demands of new build vs. legacy modernization with limited resources?
  • Is there a role for model-based tools like the Agile Platform in legacy modernization? (more…)
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Taking Agile to the next step…business processes.

Today we released a new version of the OutSystems Agile Platform – 5.0! In this version we’re taking agile a step further; not only are we supporting the entire application lifecycle management for web applications, we also added support for IT teams to rapidly develop business processes using agile methodologies. (more…)

  Platform in Action

Agile Application LifeCycle Management – A Travel Case Study

We were all very excited to hear one of our customers, Max Rayner, speak at the recent ALM Expo on how he and his team built and delivered the system using an agile approach. If you’re not familiar with it, this is an internet application that’s openly available and was built using Agile methodologies, SCRUM techniques and an Agile ALM toolset. (more…)

  Platform in Action

Driving Agile Success – A CIO’s Mandate

The challenge we see in many Enterprise IT shops is that it is hard to get everyone across the business who touches application development ‘on board’ with an agile approach.  In this blog post I want to share how the CIO of one of our customers has set guidelines which help drive agile project delivery across the business. (more…)

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Agile Development – A Juggling Act?

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 Scrum Trainers blog post(more…)

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Nine Useful Agile Resources

New customers and partners often ask our consultants for recommendations of good sources of introductory information on Agile practices and Agile methodology – so we thought it might be useful to list of some of our favorites. Feel free to add your faves! (more…)

Agile2009 Trip Report

Last week’s Agile2009 in Chicago was a pleasant surprise in a couple of ways.  First, in a down economy the conference attracted nearly 1400 attendees from around the globe – which is outstanding considering many conferences organizers we’ve talked to are reporting a 30% decline in attendance. According to the organizers 60% of the attendees were first-timers at the conference which is a testament to the quality of the event. And, there was a large international contingent – we met lots of Aussies, Kiwis, Brits and Europeans; in fact it felt like 50% of the Agilists we spoke to were from outside the US – and great to meet them all!  (more…)

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The Agile Remedy: Curing Outcome Uncertainty?

The uncertainty of outcome is the only certaintyThis 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…)