Tag: Application Development

Almost everyone has heard about the Titanic and the sinking of the unsinkable.  I guess if you assume your ship is unsinkable, having only 20 lifeboats for a few thousands people seems reasonable.  Maybe it gets overlooked when there are so many important “features” to get right on the maiden voyage.   I’m sure the pressure to ensure the comfort of hundreds of VIP’s must have been immense.  Sometimes it takes a real disaster for change to take place.

Is your Critical Application the next Titanic?

There were so many great questions from attendees after the “Aligning Vendor SLAs with Long-Term Value” webinar that I moderated last week that we've compiled them here for you. Whether you participated in the webinar or not, I'm sure you'll find the questions -- and answers -- fascinating. Plus, don’t forget to check out the results from the real-time poll we conducted during the webinar!

Wrapping Up Our ADM Discussion

Last week, Steve Hall, Partner & Managing Director at ISG (formerly TPI), presented a webinar on the topic of aligning vendor SLAs with long-term value. The discussion focused on the need to not only consider cost savings within ADM (Application Development & Maintenance), but also the importance of risk mitigation and value enhancement of vendor-client relationships.

The Impact of Outsourcing on ADM

One of the oldest conversations on record is the discussion of how to measure effective software development. One of the most used, most abused and least understood metric is “velocity.” Think Corvettes versus Volkswagens.

Just to keep terms straight, velocity is the sum of the estimates of delivered/accepted features per iteration. Velocity can be measured in the same units as feature estimates, whether this is story points, days, ideal days or hours.

The Speed of Diligence

While cost savings remains a top priority for global Application Development and Maintenance (ADM) organizations, businesses are also increasingly looking to shift from a “Run the Business” model to a “Change the Business” (CtB) perspective, whereby ADM resources are focused on enabling transformational enterprise-wide initiatives, rather than merely supporting the status quo and reacting to small enhancements.

Top 5 ADM Sourcing Success Factors