Ideas on Enterprise Information Systems Development

This blog is devoted to ideas on Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) development. It focuses on Lean Thinking, Agile Methods, and Free/Open Source Software, as means of improving EIS development and evolution, under a more practical than academical view. You may find here a lot of "thinking aloud" material, sometimes without scientific treatment... don't worry, this is a blog!
Every post is marked with at least one of Product or Process labels, meaning that they are related to execution techniques (programming and testing) or management techniques (planning and monitoring), respectively.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Assorted Thoughts on Agilism X Traditionalism - Part II

Back to Basics

Management has three basic functions: Planning, Execution, and Control. We can summarize the basic differences between traditional methods and agilism/lean in a table:

-Based on effort metrics to plan the whole project

-Change is a “risk”
-Design = models
-Try to automate programming
-Centralized decision-making
-Quality a posteriori, by annotation, and responsibility of a specific team
-Try to be static (follow the original plan)
-Based on collective evaluation and on measuring the current development velocity
-Plan for the next period
-Embrace changes
-Design = code
-Automate repetitive tasks
-Decentralized decision-making
-Quality a priori, automated, responsibility of producers
-Try to be dynamic (follow the demand)

In my opinion, the difference is basically one: Agile and Lean seeks to be dynamic, Traditional seeks to be static.

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