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Predicting the Year Ahead

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Cutter Consortium has published predictions for 2010 by about a dozen of its experts. My own prediction, which examines the crash of 1929, the burst of the “dot-com bubble” in 2000 and the financial collapse in 2008, is actually quite bullish:

I expect 2010 to be the first year of a prolonged golden age. Serious as the various problems we all are wrestling with after the 2008-2009 macro-economic crisis are, they should be viewed as systemic to the way a new generation of revolutionary infrastructure gets assimilated in economy and society.

In addition to the techno-economic view expressed in the Cutter prediction, here are my Agile themes for 2010:

  • Agile moves “downstream” into Release Management.
  • Agile breaks out of Development into IT (and beyond) in the form of Agile Infrastructure and Agile Business Service Management.
  • SOA and Agile start to be linked in enterprise architecture and software/hardware/SaaS organizations.
  • Kanban starts an early adoption cycle similar to Scrum in 2006.

Acknowledgements: I am thankful to my colleagues Walter Bodwell, Sebastian HassingerErik Huddleston, Michael Cote and Annie Shum who influenced my thinking during 2009 and contributed either directly and indirectly to the themes listed above.

What Sony Showed at Their Shareholders Meeting

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Strictly speaking this video might not be considered an Agile topic. I would just say I had never seen as dramatic a demonstration of the importance of cadence as this artful “Did You Know?” video.

Many thanks to colleague Walter Bodwell for bringing this fascinating video to my attention.

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November 24, 2009 at 7:56 pm

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Reflections on The Use of Agile Methods by the Entrepreneur

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Walter Bodwell has posted his reflections on The Use of Agile Methods by the Entrepreneur. To quote Walter’s summary:

It looked at agile from a different point of view than typically done.

See here for the full review of the presentation by Walter.

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March 5, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Scaling Agility: From 0 to 1000

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Walter Bodwell delivered an excellent presentation on the subject in Agile Austin last night. The presentation is quite unique in seeing both the “forest” and the “trees”. Walter addresses the operational day-to-day aspects of Scrum in the trenches in parallel with providing insights on the roll-out at the executive level. Highly recommended!

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February 4, 2009 at 9:25 am

Why Now?

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The decision to launch The Agile Executive in January 2009 stems from the confluence of economic imperatives, unfulfilled business needs and maturation of adjacent technologies that make this a perfect time for deploying Agile at the enterprise level.

The current macro-economic crisis has created a great deal of uncertainty with respect to operating environments. Corporations, large and small, are forced to revisit their core assumptions and modus operandi in response to changes that were not anticipated just a few months ago. The ability to quickly reconfigure the business is the best antidote to the challenges pervasive uncertainty poses. The flexibility and speed of Agile could and should play a critical role in reconfiguring the business to better respond to change. Dealing with “changing requirements” is what Agile was built from the start to enable.

In spite of all of the progress made by Agile methods over the past few years, most of the effort still goes towards the nuts and bolts of Agile. Hence, three needs have largely been left unfulfilled:
  1. The application of Agile at the corporate level as distinct from piecemeal implementation in selected pockets
  2. The utilization of Agile methods beyond software
  3. The development of business designs that take advantage of the capabilities of Agile methods

Effective fulfillment of these three needs is likely to transform and increase the value of not “only” R&D, but the company as a whole.

Last but not least, the compound effect of coupling Agile methods with technological progress in adjacent domains of software creates new opportunities for utilizing Agile. For example, virtual appliance techniques open the door for bridging the chasm between software development and IT operations. We are now able to “containerize”, distribute and provision the output of hyper-productive Agile teams as virtual appliances in a much faster manner than through traditional deployment methods. The power of so doing was demonstrated close to two years ago by Walter Bodwell who prototyped a containerized version of the BMC Performance Manager using rPath virtual appliance techniques. If we were to do so today, we would use rPath virtualization technology to put the BMC Performance Manager in the Cloud.

We will explore the various topics listed above at greater length and depth in subsequent posts. For now, think of The Agile Executive as a Michelin guide to your executive journey into Agile.

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January 12, 2009 at 9:47 pm

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