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Good retrospectives = constant team improvement

Good retrospectives = constant team improvement
Over the past couple of years I've had the opportunity to facilitate retrospectives for several software development teams within PSL and gained some insights and lessons learned that I would like to share. One of the most common issues for the teams which I've facilitated retrospectives is that they did not schedule retrospective activities as par...
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Some tips for ensuring quality during your software development process

Some tips for ensuring quality during your software development process
While agile methodologies brought many advantages for adding value to stakeholders when developing software, they also brought many challenges in the way we think about quality and how to deal with many non-functional requirements. It is sadly common to see in the industry how products driven by the SCRUM methodology offer early functional value, b...
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Sebastian Velez
Thanks! You are right. As we always say, we have to leverage the best of each model or technology we know about. Rethinking the wh... Read More
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From static budgets to the agile burn rate

From static budgets to the agile burn rate
​ When shopping around for vendors for a software development project, clients that are not familiar with agile methodologies want a figure to assign to their budget or have a specific figure themselves that came from a previously defined budget. These numbers often come way before any detailed requirements have been documented and most certainly t...
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Nowadays, what is Software Quality?

Nowadays, what is Software Quality?
​ Every single organization needs to acquire or create software pieces. It doesn't matter if it´s a short integration package or a huge core system, everyone wants software quality. And I mean "want" as a synonym of desire, instead of a real understanding of what software quality truly is. We can find several misconceptions among IT professionals r...
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Optimizing the Total Cost of Ownership on an outsourcing software development project Part 2

In the first part of this article we reviewed the concept of Total Cost of Ownership (TOC) and outlined five key variables that determine the TCO for software development projects: Process, Quality, Risk, Productivity and Cost. Each of these variables is critical to keep in mind when selecting a nearshoring or offshori...
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Optimizing the Total Cost of Ownership on an outsourcing software development project

Optimizing the Total Cost of Ownership on an outsourcing software development project
​ When outsourcing software development projects , comparing vendors with different price points can be very difficult. We propose variables that should be taken into account when deciding which vendor is most likely to produce the lowest Total Cost of Ownership for an offshoring or nearshoring development project. We also evidence why we beli...
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The key attributes for a successful outsourcing software vendor relationship

The key attributes for a successful outsourcing software vendor relationship
​ Your relationship with an outsourcing software vendor might be one of the most important ones when they work on key projects or technologies for your company. Nurturing a good relationship is never a static formula as all projects and relationships vary greatly. However, during our 30 years' experience in the software development industry working...
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How to fund an Agile Software Development Project

How to fund an Agile Software Development Project
​ This is Part 6 of the series of articles "Why go Agile?" When first introduced to Agile, clients often react with phrases like "ok, from a technical perspective this makes sense, but how do I sell this to my CEO?" PSL believes Agile methodologies should be seen under a stage-gate scenario, where commitments to continue a software development proj...
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