Does Agile Have a Positive Impact on Performance?

Does Agile have a positive impact on performance? Is it possible to even answer that question? For Agile, customer satisfaction is the primary metric, which is not always that easy to track. Additionally, it’s possible that the available data is skewed, not considering the failure rates of Agile projects and/or self-serving optimism from Agile coaches/consultants.

This Trusted Advisor report takes those factors into account and offers data to support our finding that yes, performance gains are possible from Agile implementations, but those implementations must be set up with discipline and care for the benefits to be realized.

Read the report for our findings.

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What is More Important: Software Quality or Productivity?

What is more important: software quality or software productivity? Is there a right answer? We think so! Read this month's Trusted Advisor report to hear what we have to say.

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Our report examines both elements from a developer's perspective, customer's perspective and owner's perspective in order to reach a conclusion.

After you've read it, come back and leave a comment on this post to let us know if you agree or disagree - we'd love to hear your thoughts!

Read it now: What is More Important: Software Quality or Productivity.

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What are Software Analytics?

You’ve probably heard the term “software analytics” tossed about – who hasn’t, right? – but do you have any idea what it really means? Don’t be ashamed! Everyone seems to have a different definition of the term, and so it’s fair to say it’s quite broad.

But, in the interest of making it less broad – and more widely understood – our research team delved into the topic, at the request of the members of Trusted Advisor.

Our latest Trusted Advisor report, “What is Software Analytics – And Who Should Care About Them?” defines software analytics and then seeks to identify roles that should use software analytics on a regular basis. The report also looks at the future to see how software analytics might change software development in organizations, in the way that business intelligence has impacted some organizations.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on the topic. So, check out the report and leave a comment below on how you define software analytics.

Unfamiliar with Trusted Advisor? Mike Harris explains it in this video!

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Free Access to Trusted Advisor Reports

Are you familiar with Trusted Advisor, our members-only forum that addresses the complex concerns Application Development and Maintenance (ADM) professionals face in the industry?

Here’s how Trusted Advisor works:

  • At any time, members can submit an ADM-related question to the backlog, which is accessible to all members.
  • Each month, members can vote on the question that they most want to have researched.
  • At the end of each month, DCG’s research team produces a written report addressing the question with the most votes.

Some of the questions addressed in the reports include:

  • Can Agile Be Used to Rescue a Troubled Project?
  • Why is it So Difficult for Organizations to Get an Accurate Estimate?
  • What Are Agile Best Practices and What Does the Future Hold?

Previously, these reports were only accessible to members of Trusted Advisor; however, we’ve decided to open up access to anyone and everyone! These reports address popular industry topics, and thus the research may be useful to a wider audience outside of just the members of Trusted Advisor.

Of course, only members have the ability to submit and vote on the questions to be researched. So, if you are interested in taking part in that process, please join and take part – it’s free!

If you’re interested in accessing the reports, they are now located in the Publications section of our website. We hope you find them useful, and if you do, let us know!

Sarah Weddle
Marketing Director

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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.

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To learn more about this topic, download the report.

Members of Trusted Advisor are able to submit questions to a backlog at will. Each month, members have the opportunity to vote on the question they want to see researched. The question with the most votes is then researched by DCG’s team and a report is produced. To join Trusted Advisor, contact Tony Timbol.

Sarah Weddle
Marketing Director

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"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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