How Can You Make Integration/Acceptance Testing Truly Agile?

This month’s Trusted Advisor report, How Can You Make Integration/Acceptance Testing Truly Agile," was researched and written by Tom Cagley, DCG’s Vice President of Consulting and Agile Practice Manager.

The report is intended to show where Agile project integration and acceptance testing fit in the overall flow of Agile and why they are integral to effective Agile. It examines the flow of Agile and its differences from Waterfall, discusses user acceptance and integration testing in Agile and comes to a conclusion as to how to make these types of testing truly Agile in nature.

Trusted Advisor August 2013 

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Sarah Weddle
Marketing Director

Written by Sarah Weddle at 05:00
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Is There a Business Case for Better Estimation

Another month, another new Trusted Advisor report! David Herron, Vice President of Software Performance Management, and I wrote this month’s report, “Is There a Business Case for Better Estimation."

Is There a Business Case for Better Estimation?
Improving software project estimation requires an organization to commit resources to the development and execution of a well-defined software estimating practice. The ROI or value add of an enhanced estimating process may be directly linked to tangible cost savings or there may be savings that are less direct and harder to specify.

This report is intended to provide a value analysis, or business case, for how an effective estimating practice contributes value to the organization in both financial and non-financial terms.

Trusted Advisor is our free research service, open to all IT professionals. Join Trusted Advisor to submit questions to the research backlog and to vote each month on the question you want to have researched!

Tony Timbol
Vice President of Sales

Written by Tony Timbol at 05:00

How Does TMMi Work and What Does it Contain?

Over the past few months you may have heard us frequently referring to the Test Maturity Model Integration (TMMi), a process improvement model focused on testing.

TMMi is popular in Europe, and its popularity is growing here in North America as the benefits of the model become more and more apparent. In fact, TMMi is the topic of this month’s Trusted Advisor report, as voted on by members of the service.

How Does TMMi Work?
How Does TMMi Work and What Does it Contain?” offers an introduction to TMMi and its value.

The report is available to non-members for one month; however, all members of Trusted Advisor can access this report and all previous reports at no cost.

DCG is now a provider of TMMi services via our Test Optimization Solution. If you have any questions about this offering or about TMMi in general, please leave us a comment or contact us.

Sarah Weddle
Marketing Director

Written by Sarah Weddle at 05:00
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Do Classic Project Metrics Focus on Techniques and Tactics Rather Than on Outcomes?

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In this month’s Trusted Advisor report, I take a look at what so-called “classic” project metrics are, how they might be defined, the consequences of the definitions, and how measures can be used effectively as part of assessing the outcome of a software development project.

Classic software metrics can be key inputs for projects that are focused on outcomes, but the metrics must be used appropriately in order to not skew the efficacy of the data. Proper use of metrics can provide clarity as to what is expected of project teams to meet the needs of end users.

The report is available for download on our website, but only for the next month for non-members! To read this report, and past reports, you can sign up for Trusted Advisor, our complimentary research service. Each month we produce a research report that answers a question submitted and selected by members of Trusted Advisor.

Do you agree with our assessment in the report? Does your IT organization utilize metrics?

Alan Cameron
Managing Director, DCG-SMS

Written by Alan Cameron at 09:08

How Much of a Problem is Technical Debt and What Should We Do About it?

The newest Trusted Advisor report covers the topic of technical debt. When developing and delivering software systems and services, compromises are often made – intentionally and unintentionally – in order to appease the business unit, deliver on time, or for a variety of other reasons. When this occurs, technical debt is created, and if it is left unmanaged, it can have a debilitating impact on an organization.

This report identifies some of the more common causes of technical debt, while also outlining what can be done to identify and deal with it.TA April
Mike Harris served as lead researcher for the report and also participated in a brief Q&A about the topic. The Q&A is available for download on our website.

While easily ignored until it’s too late, technical debt should be dealt with sooner rather than later. Ask yourself, “What technical debt has been created in my organization and how can I address it?” Download the report now.

Trusted Advisor is a members-only forum that addresses the complex concerns Application Development and Maintenance (ADM) professionals face, providing easy-to-understand research that guides decision-making and offers a competitive advantage.

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Sarah Weddle
Marketing Director

Written by Sarah Weddle at 08:00

"It's frustrating that there are so many failed software projects when I know from personal experience that it's possible to do so much better - and we can help." 
- Mike Harris, DCG Owner

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