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connected hands Building Effective, Cross-Functional Integrated Product Teams

Product development team members are often focused on the component level, but understanding the whole system is a challenge. Forming cross-disciplinary integrated product teams can provide support for large and small efforts in either agile or traditional development, helping teams achieve total system lifecycle expertise.

Susan Land's picture Susan Land
internet of things Product Development in the Era of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is increasingly changing what we mean by a "product," as the emphasis is moved from hardware to its attached software and service components. This puts product developers in a new situation: They have to face the challenges of managing these additional, interrelated, and overlapping development lifecycles.

Kristof Horvath's picture Kristof Horvath
Rocky road My Journey to Adopting DevOps

There’s good reason DevOps is an emerging trend in the IT industry—it alleviates prevalent problems, such as operational waste, and emphasizes collaboration, communication, and visibility. Uday Kumar details how he became a believer in DevOps by recalling the rocky road he took on his way to adoption.

Uday Kumar's picture Uday Kumar
Examining code The Risks of Measuring Technical Debt

If your organization measures technical debt, have you really considered why you're doing this, and what you will do with that information once it has been gathered? Just because you can measure technical debt doesn't mean you should. Before you start (or continue) measuring technical debt, it's important to recognize that there are consequences.

Wayne Ariola's picture Wayne Ariola Cynthia Dunlop
Leadership influence Personality and the Influence of Positional Power

The power that comes from our positions and roles matters most in terms of our own influence and ability to achieve desired results. You may have limited ability to change your position within a structure, but you have limitless potential to understand and make the most of positional power.

Leslie  Sachs's picture Leslie Sachs
Standards checkmark Who Needs Standards, Anyway?

Many CM experts are familiar with the guidance found in the IEEE, ISO, and ANSI/EIA industry standards. But if you want to really accelerate your agile development, it is wise to learn what is involved with implementing such industry standards. Bob Aiello explains the different types of standards and how organizations go about creating them.

Bob Aiello's picture Bob Aiello
Automated testing Deploy Automated Testing to Create Better Software

Receiving feedback on your testing results should yield dividends in quality. And the sooner you get that feedback, the quicker you can start seeing improved and consistent quality and faster time to market. So the question becomes, why wait to jump on the automated testing bandwagon?

Viktor Clerc's picture Viktor Clerc
Question mark cursor Critical Questions to Ask When Choosing a Third-Party API

This article exposes the risks and hidden costs involved in the seemingly innocent decision of which third-party APIs to use to gather and report data, offload critical functionality, and save implementation time. It addresses some typical reasons the decision-making process over third-party use is overlooked, as well as how to make good choices confidently and consistently.

Paul Bruce's picture Paul Bruce
Yak Go Bimodal in Your Enterprise: Stop Shaving the Yak!

Going bimodal refers to an enterprise supporting two modes of operation: the first, the stable mode, is the secure, robust, reliable one you already know. The second, the agile mode, is a fast path that exists alongside the first and allows you to get results done quickly and without much fuss while not compromising the integrity of your IT.

Zeev Avidan's picture Zeev Avidan
Examining code Simplifying Your Software Code Audit

Software code audits can be arduous and time-consuming, as today’s software projects use a mix of proprietary, commercial, and open source software. This article outlines a number of methods to simplify and streamline your audit process and understand the best practices in organizing, documenting, labeling, tracking, and managing open source and third-party content brought into software portfolios.

Kate  Andreeva's picture Kate Andreeva

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