Aug 12, 2009

SG article on Agile-lean with standards and models

Software Guru published my article on agile-lean with standards and models, which has two objectives. I try to clarify the distinction between standards, models, and values because I often see people use them as if they meant the same and because they are used the wrong way in practice. I also indicate some ways in which agile-lean can be used in enterprises that require governance under a standard or a model.

The contents of the article published are edited from the original article I sent, which is often the case when publishing articles on a magazine. For those of you who would like to read the original you can find it on my website's documents page under the title:
  • Spanish version: "Beneficiando est├índares y modelos mediante agile-lean"
  • English version: "Agile-lean benefits standards and models"

The importance of good software development in Financial Institutions

Mario Sandoval, president of the AMFE (Asociaci├│n Mexicana de Entidades Financieras Especializadas) announced that real state development is key to reactivate the financial market. On a similar note, Stefano M. Stoppani, Principal Director or CRIFMexico and Regional Director for Latinamerica, mentioned back in February that proactive fianancial management infrastructure (for payments) requires the usage of four aspects to allow for the right decisions to be made and for efficient execution:
  • software
  • processes and organization
  • data
  • analysis
What his means for us is that Agile-lean management and software development, if implemented, can play a crucial role in all of them.

On the software side we have methodologies such as scrum, XP, etc. that increase the efficiency of teams and the overall quality of the software generated. On the process and organization side we have agile-lean project management which creates a better structure for all stakeholders, including customers, to collaborate and make decisions. Agile databases enables data modeling and their implementation to be done more effectively. Good modeling is crucial to good analysis and agile modeling provides waste-elimination ways to do so without consuming vast amounts of time and resources.