Application Development

June 29, 2020 Everything That Can Go Wrong Will – Use Feature Flags to Manage the Risks

Is it true that everything that can go wrong will go wrong? Don’t bet on it to not.

June 19, 2020 Microsoft Strengthens Its RPA Position With Latest Acquisition

While Microsoft is not a prominent player in the RPA space now with its Power Automate solution, compared to Blue Prism, UiPath, and Automate Anywhere, its latest acquisition of Softomotive, maker of WinAutomation, demonstrates Microsoft’s dedication to mature and expand its RPA offerings.

June 19, 2020 Provision and Mask Your Test Data With the Right Tool

Test data management tools offer you the ability to provision, mask, and govern the access and use of your test data, alleviating these manual, laborious and error-prone tasks from your testing, operations, and DBA teams.

June 15, 2020 Scrum Destroyed the Product Owner Role

When trying to implement Agile as a defined process, Scrum turned BAs or other roles into order takers with the title “product owner.” This undermines the entire value proposition of product management.

June 10, 2020 Understanding Scrum: Why Do Product Owners Have Three Ears?

Agile systems delivery (implemented through Scrum) is quickly becoming an accepted norm in IT. But using Scrum successfully in an organization requires a deep understanding of how it works and why. For example, many of our members don’t understand the importance of selecting a Product Owner who has three ears.

June 03, 2020 COVID-19 Raises Prospects for Robotic Process Automation

Reeling from the pandemic response executed by governments all the over world, companies are accelerating their implementation of low-cost automation. That bodes well for UiPath – a leader in RPA aiming to go public this year.

May 25, 2020 SLOs in Site Reliability Engineering

Thor, the Norse God of Thunder, tells Jane Foster, the woman he’s trying to impress, that on his home world of Asgard, the realm eternal, science and magic are two sides of the same coin. Had Jane been a part of the operations teams at Google (or other mature online service providers), she would have immediately realized we have a similar technology right here on good old Earth. We call the science site reliability engineering (SRE), and service level objectives (SLO) is the magic behind it. SRE is a powerful concept for organizations that are serious about keeping their customers happy. It is therefore important for them to develop well-thought-out SLOs and make certain that management is intellectually equipped to derive valuable business perspectives from them.

May 25, 2020 Site Reliability Engineering: What Is It? Why Is It Important for Online Businesses?

Hell hath no fury like a customer not being able to access an online service when they want to. They expect the online services to always be on, always be accessible, and always treat them like there’s no one else in the world who matters more. Thank heavens then for giving these online services the ability to use site reliability engineering (SRE) to keep their customers happy, engaged, and most importantly, feeling valued.

May 07, 2020 What Is the Role of the PM/PMO on Agile Projects?

Info-Tech members moving to Agile are frequently unsure of the role of PMs and the PMO in an Agile environment. Any organization used to traditional (Waterfall) project management will need to make adjustments in support of Agile or risk losing the benefits.

April 24, 2020 GitHub Is Now Free for Teams

GitHub has announced that, effective April 14, 2020, all of its core features will be free for everyone. This will include private development within organizations that have previously paid for some subscription plans.

April 21, 2020 Sprinkle Some Agile Into Your Waterfall Practices for the (WFH) Post-COVID-19 World

Many Info-Tech members are wrestling with how to best manage their software development productivity while working from home, especially for teams using a Waterfall approach. Sprinkling some Agile practices into their normal routine could improve transparency and show continuous value delivery.

April 15, 2020 Deciding Between Open Source and Closed Source Licensing for Your Products Is Not Just About Code

When deciding on how to license your products or components, you don’t start with debating open vs. closed source code. It starts with asking simple questions around your overall goals.

April 15, 2020 SDLC Metrics: An Approach for Ranking and Selecting Metrics

Not all metrics are good and using poor metrics can have a serious negative impact on your organization. Maximize the value of your software development lifecycle (SDLC) metrics by using this thoughtful and judicious approach to ranking and selecting them.

March 31, 2020 RPA: Look Before You Leap

RPA projects fail more often than one would expect. The ease with which RPA tools allow workflows to get designed and implemented makes it easy to avoid building a strong foundation for the work being done.

March 31, 2020 SDLC Metrics: Don't Let Management Pick Them or Even Use Them

We live in a metrics-fixated world where having more metrics is always thought to be better than having less, and Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) metrics are no exception. But the truth is that any badly chosen or managed metric will do more harm than good to your organization. To avoid these pitfalls, take ownership for SDLC metrics away from managers and put it into the hands of those who can best manage it: your development teams.

March 29, 2020 Prepare Your Processes for RPA With Blueprint

Robotic process automation (RPA) success is dependent on the right business processes to automate. Blueprint helps identify the right places to apply RPA with its Enterprise Automation Suite.

March 25, 2020 Drowning in Tech Debt? The Pandemic Is Your Opportunity to Pay It Down

Human bias towards variety has pushed software-supported products and services pressure tech teams to deliver more and deliver faster. Teams have responded admirably by upping their speed but with an unintended consequence: the increasing scourge of technical debt.

March 12, 2020 Appian Is Now in the RPA Game With Its Latest Acquisition

Appian, a prominent low-code development vendor, announced the acquisition of Novayre Solutions SL, developer of the Jidoka RPA platform. This acquisition bolsters its image as a viable vendor to empower the business with development capabilities.

March 11, 2020 DevOps for Financial Enterprise Systems: We Have the Way if They Have the Will

A prevalent urban legend in enterprise tech is that DevOps and Agile are not ready for tackling transformation at scale. At Info-Tech Research Group, we believe it’s the other way around. DevOps practices like CI/CD are being used by digital banking startups for fintech products. They are leveraging cloud services for demand management and capacity planning but what about the “too big to fail” banks, with global outreach and massive investments in legacy tech?

March 10, 2020 Agile Tips the Balance Toward Success for Most Projects (but It Takes Time and Effort to Become Agile)

In 1994 the Standish Group published its first CHAOS Report, which famously reported that only about 16% of software projects were completed on time and on budget. Over the years, this staggeringly low success rate has thankfully more than doubled (albeit with a modified definition of success).

March 10, 2020 When Does It Make Sense to Use Pair Programming?

Although pair programming is not a widely employed technique, there are reasons for using it, even if you aren’t using extreme programming.