Making a Refrigerator with Lean Start up and Agile Principles

Interesting blog that describes how GE applied Lean Start-up practices and Agile principles to developing a refrigerator. They highlight three main areas that needed changes and focus – Supplier relations, Finance and Leadership roles and responsibilities. This was a pilot in GE Appliance, from which they benefited tremendously and are considering to expand this throughout […]

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8 Goals to aspire for with Kanban

Kanban popularity is on the rise these days in software development. But why do we want to use it anyways? What would be the goals that anyone would like to set when they embark on this journey of continuous improvement using Kanban. David Anderson summarizes this excellently in the form of 8 goals to aspire for with […]

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Expectation versus Reality: Reducing the Estimation Gap

The benefits to be accrued from having realistic estimates of project costs and timelines cannot be overemphasized. This article explains how optimism bias and strategic misrepresentation can lead to forecasting errors. The author recommends proactive strategies that can be employed by both the buyer and the seller of project services to limit their negative impact. […]

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Agile. Why ? Whats Wrong With Waterfall ?

Software companies have used waterfall methodologies for decades now. Agile has made major inroads in the product development area but still its a long way to go for non product development related IT projects. A classic example are software vendors with commercial off the shelf (COTS) products. They have been using implementation methodology with their […]

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The Paradoxical Reality Of Estimations

The License Application Mitigation Project (LAMP)  initiated by the state of Washington, US aimed at automating the state’s vehicle registration and license renewal processes. The project began in the early nineties and was supposed to be online in 1995. It planned to create a relational, client-server system using IBM’s MVS/CICS architecture. Initially budgeted at $16 […]

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