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Adopting agile methods for safety-critical systems development

This paper addresses concerns that some traditional practitioners in the safety-critical space have about agile methods, and it shows how agile methods are well-suited for delivering safety-critical systems.

Last updated: 04 Jul 2013

Author: Bruce Powel Douglass and Leslie Ekas


Collaboration in the mobile device industry: How to partner, produce, and stay competitive

Mobile is the future for all companies that have a stake in communicating information, regardless of their industry. Read how higher levels of collaboration can help create winners in the mobile device market.

Last updated: 04 Jul 2013

Author: Scott Niemann, Charles Rivet, and Martin Bakal


Integrate, collaborate, optimize—and thrive Embracing the changing role of developers in the global business environment

Technical skills and the ability to build software have always been valued. But developers matter more to their organizations than ever before. Read how software developers are providing higher levels of value in today’s global business environment.

Last updated: 04 Jul 2013

Author: Neil Patterson


The challenges of agile delivery for today’s software quality management teams

Learn how an agile approach to quality management helps teams reduce the cost of quality, while relieving some of the complexity and time to market pressures faced by today’s software delivery teams.

Last updated: 04 Jul 2013

Author: Serge Lucio and Alan Wagoner


Disciplined Agile Delivery: An introduction

Agile software development practices have caught the attention of larger teams seeking improvements in quality, efficiency, and scheduling. This paper introduces an approach to agile that adds discipline for larger teams need for success.

Last updated: 15 Feb 2012

Author: Scott Ambler, Chief Methodologist for Agile, IBM and Mark Lines, Agile Mentor and cofounder of UPMentors


Empowering the CIO: Enabling smarter decisions with Application Portfolio Management

This paper explains the business case for application portfolio management. It describes a number of scenarios for implementing APM and illustrates how the technique can help organizations optimize their IT investments.

Last updated: 15 Feb 2012

Author: Per Kroll, Chief Solution Architect–Application Portfolio Management, IBM Rational


Five benefits of agile practices in software-intensive systems development

Learn how software-intensive systems development teams can gain the same benefits of using agile techniques as IT teams have enjoyed for the past decade.

Last updated: 15 Feb 2012

Author: Leslie Ekas, Worldwide Development Manager IBM Rational


Measuring Agility and Architectural Integrity

One tenet of waterfall-based software engineering states, "The later you are in the life cycle, the more expensive things are to fix." But this should not apply if you have transformed to agile software delivery with a well-architected system. This paper explains this assertion and presents metric patterns to demonstrate.

Last updated: 15 Feb 2012

Author: Walker Royce, Chief Software Economist, IBM


Spanning people, processes, and technologies: The business case for Collaborative DevOps

Collaborative DevOps capabilities help organizations achieve their desired business outcomes by bridging the gap between the processes, metrics, technologies, and data used by each team. This paper presents the advantages of a well-coordinated DevOps implementation.

Last updated: 15 Feb 2012

Author: Michael Rowe, Strategy and Market Development, IBM Rational and Peter Marshall, Strategy and Planning, IBM Tivoli