What does IT Management need to know about Agile?

Our final Trusted Advisor report for 2012 is now available to all Trusted Advisor subscribers! Written by Tom Cagley, DCG’s Vice President of Consulting, the report answers the question:

What does IT Management need to know about Agile?

In order to execute Agile to its fullest advantage, an IT Manager must understand two key points:

1) Agile is both a set of techniques and a philosophy

2) Agile requires a fundamental change in how work is managed: a hard move away from the “Command and Control” form of management towards a “Leadership and Team” model

This report focuses on these two points, explaining their importance and how an IT Manager can utilize this knowledge in order to best implement Agile.

By joining Trusted Advisor (for free!), you can access this report and past reports, such as:

  • What are Agile best practices and what does the future hold?
  • How can we run waterfall and Agile in Parallel?
  • Is there really such a thing as Agile CMMI?

To sign up for Trusted Advisor and access this report (including sources), contact Fiona Thompson at 610-644-2856, ext.21 or info@davidconsultinggroup.com.

DCG’s Trusted Advisor service addresses the complex concerns IT professionals face, providing easy-to-understand research that guides decision-making and offers a competitive advantage. Learn more about Trusted Advisor and how it works here. And, if you have any questions, just let us know in the comments! Sarah Weddle Marketing Associate / Social Media Specialist

Written by Michael D. Harris at 09:07
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Differences Among IT Productivity Rates Between Industries

This month’s Trusted Advisor report is now available, answering the question:

What are some of the variables that would account for the differences among IT productivity rates between industries and how do they affect the rates?

The scope of this report includes the following considerations:

  • The volume of software to be delivered by a project and the effort taken to deliver it are the principle drivers of software productivity. However, this is not a simple correlation and in this report we consider how system characteristics affect productivity.
  • We also consider what other factors can influence productivity and which industries might be impacted.

This report, and past reports, can be accessed by all Trusted Advisor members. Trusted Advisor is free to join for all those interested.

To sign up for Trusted Advisor and access this report (including sources), contact Fiona Thompson at 610-644-2856, ext.21 or info@davidconsultinggroup.com.

Previous reports, which can be accessed only by members, include:

  • Does experience really matter in Estimation when you go statistical?
  • Is it better to distribute estimating to SMEs or centralize it?

DCG’s Trusted Advisor service addresses the complex concerns IT professionals face, providing easy-to-understand research that guides decision-making and offers a competitive advantage.


Sarah Weddle
Marketing Associate / Social Media Specialist

Written by Michael D. Harris at 09:00

What Purpose do Functional Metrics Play in Newer Frameworks like Agile?

If you’re a member of DCG’s Trusted Advisor (free and open to all!), this month’s report is now available: What Purpose do Functional Metrics Play in Newer Frameworks like Agile?

With Trusted Advisor, members submit questions to a backlog. Each month, members can vote on the question they would like to have researched from the backlog. The question with the most votes is then researched by DCG’s team of experts.

This month’s report analyzes whether lean and/or Agile frameworks negate the need for understanding size; and, if they do negate the need, whether or not there is a replacement.

To sign up for Trusted Advisor and access this report (including sources), contact Fiona Thompson at 610-644-2856, ext.21 or info@davidconsultinggroup.com.

Previous reports, which can be accessed only by members, include:

  • Can we compare Cosmic Function Points to IFPUG Function Points and is there a correlation?
  • How can we run waterfall and Agile in Parallel?

DCG’s Trusted Advisor service addresses the complex concerns IT professionals face, providing easy-to-understand research that guides decision-making and offers a competitive advantage.


Sarah Weddle
Marketing Associate / Social Media Specialist

Written by Michael D. Harris at 08:23
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What is the Difference between Agile and Iterative Software Development?

Are you a member of DCG’s Trusted Advisor? This month’s report imageis live and available to members! Written and researched by DCG’s team of experts, the report provides a close examination of Agile and iterative software development.

To some people, the words are interchangeable. Others always use them in conjunction, asserting that they are overlapping practices.

However, this report tests the hypothesis that Agile and iterative software development are different, examining any similarities and differences between the two, before reaching a conclusive decision.

Readers of this report will come away with an understanding of the definitions of Agile and iterative and any similarities/differences between the two.

To sign up for Trusted Advisor and access this report (including sources), contact Fiona Thompson at 610-644-2856, ext.21 or info@davidconsultinggroup.com.

The topic of each monthly Trusted Advisor report is selected from a backlog of member-submitted questions; each month members vote on the question they would like to have researched from the backlog. The question with the most votes is then researched by DCG’s team of experts.

Previous reports, which can be accessed only by members, include:

  • Can we compare Cosmic Function Points to IFPUG Function Points and is there a correlation?
  • What are Agile best practices and what does the future hold?

DCG’s Trusted Advisor service addresses the complex concerns IT professionals face, providing easy-to-understand research that guides decision-making and offers a competitive advantage.


Sarah Weddle
Marketing Associate / Social Media Specialist

Written by Michael D. Harris at 08:30
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What is Trusted Advisor?

Trusted Advisor is David Consulting Group’s research service for IT professionals, designed to provide answers to key industry questions.

Watch the video for more details – or scroll down if you’re unable to view videos!

 

Can’t watch the video? Here are the key takeaways:

How Does Trusted Advisor Work?

Members of Trusted Advisor are IT professionals who are seeking answers to their work-related questions or who wish to access industry-based research. Members are invited to add questions to the Trusted Advisor backlog as they wish; all members can view the questions, and then they can vote each month on the question they would like to have researched. DCG experts then investigate the winning question, providing a written report on the findings for members to download.

Membership is free; however, members are allocated a certain number of points that allow them to add questions, vote and read reports.

What kinds of topics does Trusted Advisor cover?

We address simple, straightforward questions in the software development / IT domain, including topics such as function points, Agile and waterfall.

Who Should Join Trusted Advisor?

Anyone who is facing a problem or seeking an answer to a question in the IT space, including:

- CIOS

- Direct reports to CIOs

- Anyone managing software development

More information on Trusted Advisor is available here. To sign up, contact Fiona Thompson at 610-644-2856, info@davidconsultinggroup.com.


Mike Harris
DCG President

Written by Michael D. Harris at 08:44

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