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Can Agile Help Deliver on the Fixed-Price Promise?

By | July 29, 2013 | No Comments »

Peter Vaihansky First, let’s pin down what “fixed bid” or “fixed price” actually means.

It’s not just that the customer demands to know as precisely as possible how much they will have to pay for the project (which, on the surface, is not an unreasonable request). Usually, the customer will also want to fix what it is that they are going to get—the scope. Often, the customer is interested in getting the deliverable by a certain date, thereby fixing the time as well. In reality, therefore, it often makes sense to speak of “fixed iron triangle” projects. Read more

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Cloud IDEs: A solution in search of a problem?

By | July 23, 2013 | 3 Comments »

Andrew ZaikinCloud IDEs are being touted more and more as the next big thing. While I think people like and have something there, it is too early to predict mass migration of programmers into the cloud from desktop IDEs.

Some arguments for moving to the cloud just don’t sound very convincing, as far as I’m concerned. Take this advertorial, for example (yeah, it’s really an advertorial). To me, the “problems” with desktop development cited in the piece are not genuine problems. Read more

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