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Calculating return on investment of software development – 3/3 Value and Conclusion (for now)

April 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

“Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future” Niels Bohr I like the analogy of the lottery ticket (heard at an Agile user group, just don’t remember who said it, sorry), you know the cost of the ticket, you just don’t know how much it will pay, if anything. The challenge of defining value is that you can only really measure it after the …

Calculating return on investment of software development – 2/3 Cost

April 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

“The fog of war” – What we don’t know does not hurt us – Carl von Clausewitz Of course cost of software development is relatively easy to calculate right? Many studies, models and methods exist to estimate the cost of the development organization; things like number of lines of code (LOC), K-LOC, function points, weighted micro function points, price systems, wideband Delphi paired with cost of …

Special Guest on Channel 9

April 24, 2015 | By | No Comments

Check out this interview! As an ALM Ranger, Barry Paquet was invited as a special guest for Channel 9! Channel 9 was created in 2004 and is a Microsoft community site for Microsoft customers. This channel has discussions, screencasts, video channels, podcasts and interviews with Microsoft. InCycle collaborates with Microsoft frequently, so this was a great opportunity to showcase our skills and expertise and how we help …

Scaling Agile and SAFe Metrics with TFS

August 15, 2014 | By | No Comments

As organizations target the next level of performance, many are seeking to scale agile to the enterprise. That is, beyond the now well adopted team level and up to and including the portfolio (think c-suite). One such approach increasing in popularity is the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe). While there are many other approaches to scale agile, for example, eSCRUM, DaD, LeSS, and RAGE, for the most …

What is Azure Dev Test and Why Should You Care?

February 27, 2014 | By | No Comments

Azure Dev Test allows you to develop and test applications faster at lower costs. As organizations face increasing pressure to develop, test and deliver more software faster, organizations are seeking new and innovative ways to shorten time to market (or production). Agile development and XP practices are stretching traditional tooling and forcing ALM vendors to catch-up. The best solutions not only provide infrastructure on demand, but …

The New TFS 2013 Agile Planning Features in Update 2

February 20, 2014 | By | No Comments

UPDATE 3/3/14: Last week Microsoft announced the “go-live release of Team Foundation Server 2013 Update 2 RC”. Therefore, you can apply the Update 2 RC release to an existing TFS environment and Microsoft will support upgrades from this version in the future. Everything about the new functionality from the blog post below is still accurate. I hope to spend some time with this new release in …

New Microsoft Vouchers for Agile deployment assessment with Visual Studio

January 17, 2014 | By | No Comments

For Software Assurance customers, Microsoft added a third voucher to the Development Tools Deployment Planning services (DTDPS) program. The voucher for Agile deployment will allow customers to develop an effective strategy for adopting or improving agility with Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server. This three-day engagement consists of an assessment with a Microsoft ALM Partner and results of a set of customized recommendations for improving agility. …

Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) goals for 2014

January 16, 2014 | By | No Comments

Some of us tend to kick off the New Year with new goals, perhaps even professional goals. If you haven’t thought of your 2014 goals yet, we might be able to help. The list below summarizes the top 15 Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) goals from the customers we worked with in 2013. Hopefully, it will help you narrow down YOUR top 3 priorities for 2014. Please …

What is the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and Why Should You Care?

January 15, 2014 | By | No Comments

As a long time product management professional and agile coach, I welcome any opportunity that delivers business impact and allows organizations to achieve remarkable results. For too long, “agile” was deemed only relevant for development teams and “lean thinking” was reserved for shop floors in modern manufacturing facilities (think Toyota Production System (TPS)). Interestingly, agile is increasingly permeating new departments (e.g., marketing) and management strategies, like …

Agile at enterprise level with SAFe training and certification

October 22, 2013 | By | No Comments

InCycle is proud to announce a new set of services for organizations that want to implement Agile at an enterprise level. InCycle now provides Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) training and certification for customers in North America. These on-site courses, public or private, are delivered by certified SAFe consultants. Implementing Agile, for example SCRUM, for 1 team is already a significant challenge but scaling Agile to multiple …

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