Peter Weare

Peter Weare

Industry leader in mobile location. Passionate about delivering a frictionless consumer mobile experience. Regular commenter on getting delivery right.

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We hear much talk about Agile and agile techniques, but how much is it practiced in the real world? Is it still just a fad, another set of buzz-words, or can it really be taken as the right approach to software delivery.
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Cloud computing is coming of age – it won’t be long before we’ll all be thinking how crazy it was to own and manage our own hardware platforms. Cloud computing plays to our ‘I want it now’ culture and provides us all with the flexibility to get the computing grunt we need when we need it.

Sharepoint is steadily becoming the defacto standard collaboration tool in most organisations. And why not? It's a toolset targeted at collaboration and has many features designed to make the storage, management and access of all types of information easy. The base platform is even given away free by Microsoft if you are already using Exchange mail.

The advantage of adopting Acord message standards is the potential to develop STP (straight through processing) with business partners from around the world.  STP reduces the amount of manual checking and reconciliation that is required and will eliminate the need for rekeying and the errors that this brings.  But is now the time to upgrade?  We think it is.

Whilst the final requirements are still unknown, it is expected that Solvency II will require a more detailed view of an organisation’s data with previously aggregated information being demanded at a more granular level.  New data items not previously captured are likely to be required and the reporting of data is expected to have shorter timescales and increased frequency.

The Project or Programme Management Office (PMO) is there to support the smooth running of projects, communicate to management on progress and allow effective decisions to be made to mitigate against issues.

The PMO provides an essential service in an organisation running multiple projects, however, many often get caught up in their own processes and procedures and end up diverting projects from delivering through the need to meet PMO requirements.

The 2010 State of Agile survey results are now available from our knowledge base

The survey, sponsored by Versionone, included 5,000 participants from 90 countries sharing their agile experiences. There is no better way to see how others are working with Agile; the biggest challenges and the real benefits already acheived.

Download your free copy from here

Wider Agile project success involves resolving external project factors across your organisation.

Many organisations who have had individual project success with Agile try to expand the benefits across the organsiation - often with mixed results. Why is it that where isolated Agile projects succeed, moving towards wider adoption of the Agile delivery model hits difficulties?

 

With its foundations in the manufacturing industry, Lean thinking is now being used by many organisations to breathe new life into their business by looking at many of the activities that are carried out and asking: is everything we do really adding customer value? 

In a market dominated by tools built around waterfall methods VersionOne is a unique project management solution specifically designed to support the delivery of Agile projects end-to-end.

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