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ChrisMurphy
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2/19/2014 | 4:20:33 PM
Re: No Hard Deadline?
So if business units can't be made to understand and value Agile development, and they're the ones who want and requested the software functionality, is there any hope of the procurement pros embracing Agile? Is that necessary?    
DDURBIN1
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2/19/2014 | 2:41:24 PM
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@Garey, If it looks like a duck, talks like a duck, yes it's Agile development LOL!  Business managment at most organizations I have worked only care about cost and delivery date with very little concern about the process however talk to them about the business's product life cycle and they know everything about it.  I'd like to see them apply the same conern and vigor they show in product development to software development then maybe IT will get some respect.  It is happening at more and more companies as the "old" guard retires.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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2/19/2014 | 2:02:11 PM
Re: No Hard Deadline?
Aren't you describing Agile development?
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2/19/2014 | 12:45:27 PM
Re: No Hard Deadline?

I spent many years as a software developer and I can attest to all these mistakes.  I'd settle for a building a building project apporach to software development but in many cases the seat of the pants approach is taken by CFOs and CEOs.   The key to delivery dates is a fully defined and designed deliverable that doesn't change over the time of development.  That rarely happens in the real world.  Try starting a building project when you're not sure how many floors it will contain or half way into the project two more floors are added by management.  A building contractor would never allow that to happen and if did would not have a fixed date.  However it happens most of the time in software development but its a mistake.  To allow for "fix" delivery dates the deliverables need to be short and sweet developed over not more than six months otherwise scope creep is about to creep in and destroy your time line, guaranteed.

ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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2/19/2014 | 8:50:49 AM
No Hard Deadline?
I'm wondering how companies can manage their business planning without a hard deadline for completion. When I hear of companies building custom software, it's often because there's some really pressing need or ripe opportunity -- meeting a competitor's app offering, or a looming cost savings. Business units then often turn to outsiders because they think they'll get it faster. Would you go into a custom contract with no hard delivery date? How do you manage business unit expectations in that case?  
Lorna Garey
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2/18/2014 | 3:13:07 PM
Really re build?
I'm wondering what you base your premise on, that companies are choosing to build vs. buy off the shelf. What about SaaS? Our data seems to show the trend is toward a service model. For example, our InformationWeek Enterprise Applications Survey has tracked this for a few years - and SaaS use is trending up, to 46% in our June 2013 poll from 38% in April 2012 survey.

Even the dreaded ERP was cited by almost one-fifth as likely to go to the cloud.


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