Non-Functional Requirements: Do User Stories Really Help? Click here to view the complete list of archived articles This article was originally published in the Winter 2010 issue of Methods & Tools Non-Functional Requirements: Do User Stories Really Help? Rachel Davies, Agile Experience Ltd, UK, Agile software development relies on bringing business people and developers together to deliver better software. We understand requirements by building working software and seeking user feedback on whether the latest solution meets their needs. Have conferences like TED, and the explosion of the "Idea Class" run out of ideas? (Flickr/TEDxJakarta) Back in 1986, a guy named Richard Saul Wurman put together a meeting. A conference if you will.
Agile, Top Down There’s a recent thread on the Scrum list about how an executive or highly-placed manager could get Agile going. I’ve been one of those guys, and I know a bit about Agile, and here’s how I’d proceed. First, focus management attention on cyclic delivery of running tested software. Second, provide the resources to learn how to do that. D… If You Do, D… If You Don’t. I believe, and it’s pretty well accepted in Agile circles, that you can’t impose Agile practices or methods from above with much chance of anything good happening. Bubble 2.0 Is Popping I've discussed Bubble 2.0 -- the new crop of social media companies that have enjoyed sharp appreciation in the private markets, often funded by Goldman Sachs (GS) -- numerous times before, observing how many of these companies have outlandish expectations, no profits, and a flawed growth strategy that focuses on user acquisition rather than increasing key metrics such as revenue from assets or revenue per customer. The companies that I lump into Bubble 2.0 are Facebook (FB), Zynga (ZNGA), LinkedIn (LNKD), Groupon (GRPN), Yelp (YELP), Zillow (Z), and Pandora (P); others in the IPO pipeline include Twitter, Foursquare, AirBnb, and Spotify. There are some signs, however, that the bubble is beginning to pop.
Agile Isn’t Just for Geeks Anymore Twelve years ago, 17 software developers convened in Snowbird, Utah to reimagine their craft. They recognized that traditional development methods were out of step with the times. Suddenly, building software wasn’t some arcane backwater. For many companies, it had become the strategic driver for business growth—through commercialization of software-based products or development of custom applications that enabled a proprietary business advantage. Analysis & Opinion By Peter Thal Larsen The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. Britain’s bubble-prickers are aiming high. The Bank of England’s new Financial Policy Committee, which is charged with averting future crises, has asked the government for sweeping powers to rein in banks, insurers and fund managers. Even if it doesn’t get everything it wants, the FPC will clearly have muscle.
Principles behind the Agile Manifesto We follow these principles: Our highest priority is to satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery of valuable software. Welcome changing requirements, even late in development. Agile processes harness change for the customer's competitive advantage. SMB's expect to use Cloud computing to make them more competitive I have posting for some time now my belief that the next major technology bubble will be in Cloud computing technology. Now a new survey showing that small business with 2 to 10 employees are pushing their enterprise toward the cloud supports that view. Why are small companies moving in that direction?
How gamification and big data can solve telecom problems? « Telruptive Home > Business Idea, Future Business Ideas > How gamification and big data can solve telecom problems? It is not every day that you find a startup that can disrupt all industries in the world. Today I found one: Kaggle. Kaggle allows companies to set up big data competitions for others to solve. Students, freelancers, hobbyist, specialists, everybody with analytical skills can participate.
Method and system for delivery of user-interface skins, applications and services for wireless devices - US Patent 8150962 Description Description The present invention relates to telecommunications and, more particularly, to provisioning of wireless communication devices such as cell phones with user interface skins, applications and services. The user interface has become a significant element of many telecommunication devices, ranging from desktop personal computers to handheld cell phones and personal digital assistants. The Semantic Economy We’ve recently seen Facebook go public with a $100 billion valuation and General Motors, formerly the world’s biggest company, go effectively bankrupt and need to be bailed out by the US government. Meanwhile, the new web darlings, Instagram and Pinterest, have built communities of millions of people in a matter of months, not years and they have done it with a staff that can fit in my living room (which, I might add, is not that big). What’s amazing is that we have come to take things like these in stride. Such events have become not exactly the rule, but not the exception either. In short, we have witnessed the complete transformation of business as we knew it.