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There is a common misconception that CMMI and Agile are polar opposites. One relies on institutionalization and documentation of processes and methodologies, while the other emphasizes interaction among workers and “working software over comprehensive documentation” (Agile Manifesto). Process documentation and institutionalization is the lifeblood of CMMI, and it is often used in critical software development life cycles. On the other hand, the Agile approach is called into action when a project features incremental changes, particularly those that have not been included in initial requirement documents. There have been criticisms of both, as well: CMMI is used only in security-intensive projects that need massive numbers of workers, layers of procedures, and a rigid development lifecycle. On the other hand, those who implement Agile have been referred to as an und... (more)

Seven Questions to Ask Before Building an IT Strategy

Even as modern economic activities rely heavily on sound IT strategies, many organizations fail to take advantage of the many opportunities that technology can provide. For instance, some types of can improve processes and profit margins. Clearly, there is a gap between the availability of infrastructure, and what enterprises actually need to overhaul at their place of business to benefit cash flow. Before formulating your company's IT strategy, there are a few questions that you should ask. Is the strategy too generic? IT organizations hardly cater to just one type of need, on... (more)

Seven Things You Need to Know About Development Project Estimations

Whether you are a project manager planning for a smooth implementation of a plan or a project sponsor on whose decisions a project depends, you cannot escape from the fact that project estimation is essential to its success. In the first place, there are three basic requirements that a project must satisfy: schedule, budget, and quality. The need to work within these essential project boundaries poses a huge challenge to everyone in the central management team. There are various aspects that affect project estimates, such as team skills and experience levels, available technolog... (more)

SaaS: Revolutionizing the Way You Do Business

What can SaaS (Software as a Service) offer your organization? Review the countless benefits offered by this revolutionary software deployment model to determine if SaaS merits a test-drive. As you may know, Software as a Service (SaaS) is a method for delivering software applications to customers over the Internet. However, since SaaS solutions have only been available for approximately seven years, many information technology (IT) people – as well as company managers and owners - know very little about SaaS due to its recent emergence. Therefore, two key issues will determine ... (more)

Software Engineering Maturity and the Process Revolution

To mature software engineering, we must learn from history, and to learn from history, we must define what we do when we develop software and how we do it. When we produce a process specification and define measures for the key process parameters, we are beginning to build the basis for reliably and consistently recording and learning from history. That is why the process revolution is so important. Judging by the history of other fields, software engineering and computer science are still in their infancy. We have yet to build an accepted foundation of proven and generally foll... (more)