agile development

Recently, there have been quite a few blogs written about the benefits of offshore software development for medium and large enterprises. Benefits such as lower cost, and fast development to name a few. The challenge in today's complex world is, just because you can hire 3rd party offshore vendors to develop new applications or enhance legacy systems at a lower cost, it doesn’t necessarily translate to a successful outcome. Let me give you an example and see if this has happened to you. A client came to us for help with an existing legacy e-commerce website that had poor performance,…

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Who has the advantage? In the recent NFL Wildcard games all of the home teams failed to advance to the next round. Yet this week in the Divisional Round all of the home teams won. So is there really any advantage? This question is similar to the challenge CIO's face when developing new software applications. Do we hire our own software engineers or we do we hire a 3rd party staff augmentation firm? Assuming they have the budget, time, infrastructure, and can find the right senior software developer in this competitive market, most CIO’s would hire a new associate. However…

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In software development there are two methodologies that are widely used to guide a project’s planning and execution; Agile and Waterfall. The Waterfall method breaks everything up into sections and runs in sequential order, beginning with project requirements, followed by the design phase, then development, and finally testing and debugging. By the end of this process, the project should be completed and the software ready to deploy. These individual sections can often take months or even years to complete before moving on to the next section. The Agile method, although similar in order, allows for continual deployment of shippable software…

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