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Performance in Software Development; a question of metrics?

The evaluation of performance in software development, of a software development team, for an IT project will vary greatly depending on the type of metrics used.

This request for performance measurement in software development projects is constantly coming back and is a source of major concern for Managers; which is quite normal considering the low ratio of projects delivered in time… and costs.

The question remains: how is it that my real estate contractor is able to certify that my house with the specific ABC features will be delivered by June 30, but that my IT director not only fails to deliver my IT project (the expected functionalities) in the foreseen deadlines but can’t either tell me when, in the end, my IT project will be completed?

In our previous posts, we talked about types of management, process and innovation. In this post, we want to analyze and demystify the notion of metrics because it is she who will provide the performance indicators that will enable us to evaluate and compare ourselves …

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Performance and Innovation, a bond of heart and reason

Performance and innovation are a marriage of heart and reason within any flourishing business or, at the very least, they must become innovative in order to flourish because innovation almost always leads to a gain in performance on one level or another.

Thus, the company that wants to perform must innovate and the innovative company will perform… most certainly!

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The perception of performance according to management style

The perception of performance truly varies according to the management style; hence, performance assessment is in fact a question of perception. The evaluation of a team’s performance is closely linked to the management style and, more precisely, to the priorities it dictates; in software development as in any other activity.

Any manager would like to have an objective assessment of his team and his IT department as part of a software development project. The term “objective” is the key to the riddle here. Is there an objective method for assessing the performance of an individual, a team or a company?

In fact, no one can count the systems, methods and nomenclatures that have been developed since the beginning of the industrial era in order to evaluate performance.

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Some enterprises are already reaping the benefits of Machine Learning

This article is made out of excerpts from a joint Survey made by MIT & Google conducted in late 2016, and which you can download here.

Machine Learning is for many enterprises the new proving ground for Competitive Advantage. A recent survey conducted by MIT Technology Review Custom and Google Cloud reveals that while the majority of businesses are struggling to apply Machine Learning, others are hard at work developing strategies for the technology — and are already realizing genuine ROI.

The survey included 375 qualified respondents representing a variety of industries, with the preponderance coming from the technology industry (43%) but also business services (13%) and financial services (10%). Most qualified respondents were either C-level executives (39%) or enterprise developers (37%), rounded out by vice president-level executives (23%).

Almost half (48%) of respondents come from organizations with fewer than 50 staffers; 22% from companies of 50 to 1,000 employees and 32% comes from companies with more than 1,000 employees. While the survey was global, respondents came mostly from the United States and Canada (40%), Europe (13%), India (6%) and the U.K. (5%).

In terms of technology adoption, nearly half the respondents considered their company cultures to be innovation-driven, with “agile, collaborative, even ground-breaking” cultures (45%). In the vast majority of cases (95%), respondents either plan to or have implemented some online analytics processing BI program and visualization tools or traditional Big Data technologies such as Hadoop and cloud-based analytics.

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Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning, it’s now; is your organization ready?

The day is not far off when every company will integrate features of Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning to its processes, there is no doubt about it.

The question is: where is your business today? Are you ready?

Technology now provides us with virtual assistance, it allows us to generate ideas and analyze unstructured data – allowing entrepreneurs to focus on growing their business. Bu that’s already yesterday!

Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Business

And now with AI’s ability to analyze a problem faster than a human mind could, you will be sure that you will have considered all possible scenarios for a given situation.

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How Artificial Intelligence will transform your enterprise

Artificial Intelligence is only beginning to penetrate the workplace, and it’s causing leaders to rethink how their businesses run or so they should. But the thing is, far from killing the jobs of knowledge workers, Artificial Intelligence tends to free them up to do what they are paid for: innovate, model, refine, and improve on the expertise of their business.

“AI is not eliminating jobs, it is creating a shift in the type of jobs by eliminating tasks of jobs, and creating new jobs that are more human jobs,” says Josh Bersin, principal and founder of Bersin by Deloitte. Bersin defines “more human jobs” as those that require traits robots haven’t yet mastered, like empathy, communication, and interdisciplinary problem solving.

The integration of early artificial intelligence tools is causing organizations to become more collaborative and team-oriented, as opposed to traditional top-down hierarchy.

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Security features enticing the enterprise to migrate to Windows 10

Damage from security attacks are all over the news and here comes Microsoft boasting unprecedented protection from malware and advanced security threats with security features more than convincing for the enterprise to migrate to Windows 10, such as Windows Hello, Microsoft Passport, Windows Information Protection, Device Guard and Credential Guard.

Although everyone will agree that Windows 7, the most successful OS in Microsoft history, has served enterprises well for the last five years, it doesn’t offer adequate protection features needed to face today’s security threats and, nor will third-party products.

New challenges require new abilities or at least, a new vision; having doubts, just chat with IT executives who are still running Windows XP for which Microsoft is no longer offering security updates as of April 2014.

Here are security features convincing enough for the enterprise to migrate to Windows 10:

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Mobile App Development Best Practices

Enterprise Mobile Application Development Best Practices

In this post, we will concentrate on enterprise mobile application development best practices including notifications system and mobile application design; we are talking here about a mobile application of service to the employees of an enterprise whose main functions revolve around sharing and communicating data and / or information.

Considering that mobile applications and mobile navigation are now part of our everyday life, one should not underestimate the impact of a good design on the rapid adoption of a mobile application.

Mobile Application Development Best Practices should apply whether you are developing a mobile application from scratch to answer a specific business need or from an actual enterprise application.

Before You Even Start, Consider Your Audience & Your Business Need or Problem

Before you take any time to develop a mobile application, consider your audience and build a solid Business Case around the business need or the problem you want to solve. You’ll find more about building a business case in our recent post: You need to develop a new application?  Fine, do you have a Business Case?.

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Estimate the development cost of an enterprise mobile application

We are talking here about the development cost of an enterprise mobile application, that which will serve the enterprise itself as part of its operations, and the impact on this development cost of design and software architecture choices therein; including interactions with the technology environment, functionality, testing and deployment, maintenance and updates.

The question is not simple and to seize its complexity, we can make the comparison with a process as complex but more familiar to us; how well to estimate the construction costs of your new house?

You got it; there will be impact choices in terms of plans, materials, land, floors, etc.

Then to estimate accurately the development cost of an enterprise mobile application, we are going to try to confine the main factors at play and especially, to highlight critical choices you’ll have to face.

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Will we save our tech jobs, and avoid turning into the next third world?

You think: come on you! Right? Ok, read on. We live in North America and still think that we have the lead on technology. This creates a safe feeling for our tech jobs. We have exported the manufacturing jobs in Asia because manufacturing became just too expensive and the manpower grew unwilling to work for low wages. We probably also hoped that by creating wealth in a very populated area of the world, we would create a big new customer base.

 

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