Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Whitepapers available for download

A number of whitepapers relating to process modelling and agile development are now available for download via the xProcess Europe web site. These include:
The last of these is a report into the BT experience of transforming a traditional CMMI-oriented culture with the adoption of agile techniques. This paper was published in 2005 and since that time more experience papers relating to the cross-over between software engineering focused organisations and the agile community have appeared. It remains though a gulf that is only rarely bridged by companies and communities - generally people prefer to stay one side or the other. I heard recently of a major bank that had implemented a major new project management methodology, standardising the approach for all its IT projects with the exception of - wait for it - agile projects! Surely it behoves us to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each other's approaches rather than merely excluding whole classes of projects. On the other hand I expect major gains to be made in the next few years by organisations who look to embrace both the lessons of agile methods and the best software engineering practices that have evolved over the lifetime of the discipline's existence. Thesis, antithesis, synthesis: it's a good pattern for progress.
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