Tag: software analysis

Bravo to Joe Little, who writes the Agile & Business blog.

Little recently penned a piece about the intersection of Scrum and technical debt titled “Scrum Hates Technical Debt.” I’m sure it does, but I think what he really means is that true Scrum hates technical debt.

Scrum & Technical Debt: Love the One You're With

I’m strictly an “American Car” guy. Every car I’ve ever owned since my 1988 Ford Escort when I was in college has been American made.

It’s not so much that I’m “gung-ho” pro-Union or some staunch advocate of only buying products made in the USA – although if two products were comparable I’d probably give the “Made in the USA” label the nod. Honestly, I’ve looked at foreign vehicles when car shopping, but the best deals I've found continue to come from my local Ford dealer.

Software Quality Haunts Honda

Agile development celebrates a half-birthday this month, so I figured it was time to reflect upon my comments a few months ago when I took it to task for not taking software quality more seriously.

More on Agile at 10…and a Half

It’s not uncommon for organizations to hold onto their application software and IT systems longer than they should. This is particularly true for government agencies – Federal, state and local. When you combine an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality with budget cuts and comfort levels of staffers, there is little impetus for change.

Patrolling for Issues in Legacy Apps

There’s a huge dichotomy in how the private and public sectors address security breaches.

Execution of Government IT: I’m All For It!

In this week’s episode of the IT Software Quality Report, CISQ director Dr. Bill Curtis interviews industry luminary, Capers Jones, about his new book, “The Economics of Software Quality," co-written by Olivier Bonsignour and recently published by Addison-Wesley. Jones has been involved in software quality issues for more than 40 years, since he worked at IBM.

The Real Economics of Software Quality

A couple weeks back I read the most vastly understated opening line of a blog that I’ve seen in the six months since I began blogging here on OnQuality.

Blogger @tadanderson, a .NET architect by trade, recently opened a post on his Real World Software Architecture blog by noting, “Finding the perfect balance of influence between IT and the Business Owners… is not easy.”

Technical Debt Gets the Message Across

In this week's IT Software Quality Report, Manuel Barbero, CTO and head of strategy and marketing at UBS, continues his discussion with CISQ Director, Dr. Bill Curtis, about software quality methods at UBS.

Software Quality: A Two-Way Street

We woke today to the news that back in March a Pentagon defense contractor was the subject of a cyberattack by an unidentified nation state that resulted in 24,000 sensitive files being stolen.

The Enemy Within

As you may know from my bio here, I’m a big fan of Boston sports. So you can understand how thrilled I was a few weeks ago when “my” Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup for the first time since I was my daughter’s age!

It wasn’t easy for them, though. Through the first round of the playoffs, they looked like they could be a “one-and-done” team and everybody – including some alleged diehard fans – were already calling for the dismissal of their head coach because of their anemic performance. Nevertheless, they made the necessary adjustments, got some stellar work out of key individuals, overcame a few adversities and in the end proved to be the best team in the National Hockey League this year.

In Defense of Agile

In this week's IT Software Quality Report, Manuel Barbero, CTO and head of strategy and marketing at UBS, sits down with CISQ Director, Dr. Bill Curtis, to discuss the importance of measuring software quality in ensuring an agile organization.

Helping UBS Move Faster than its Competitors

Sony, Sega, RSA, the International Monetary Fund, the Arizona Department of Public Safety, even the CIA. It seems no organization – private or public – is immune to hackers these days.

Hackers are Getting Smarter; are You?

One of my favorite reads among tech bloggers is Dion Hinchcliffe over at ZDNet. I’ve followed his blogs for much of the last five years and whether I agree with him or not, I almost invariably find his points compelling and his willingness not to mince words refreshing; he even makes the occasional light bulb go off in my head.

Structural Quality: The Invisible Hand

Last fall, Gartner’s Andy Kyte issued a wake-up call about technical debt that was akin to a piano being dropped on the head of the IT industry. In estimating that technical debt – the cost to fix the structural quality problems in an application that, if left unfixed, put the business at serious risk – has already reached $500 billion globally and is fast on its way to exceeding $1 trillion by 2015, Kyte stirred up a hornet's nest of activity around the topic.

ID’ing the Debt