surveys about agility and success

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

at this years w-jax conference i attended a keynote by scott ambler, who’s one of the guys pushing the agile movement for several years now. in his talk he presented results of surveys about adoption rates of agile techniques and success rates of agile it-projects. there are some interesting numbers in it, despite the fact that they are mostly covering the situation in the states. it would be even more interesting to collect data for these topics in europe, too, and draw some comparisons. for me the most important findings are:

  • 69% of organisations have adopted agile techniques so far
  • the most effective agile practices are “iterative development” and “regular delivery of working software”
  • one-third of projects are done with two week iterations
  • 44% of organisations had a success rate of 90% or above for agile projects
  • project success rate for agile projects is 10% higher than for “traditional” projects
  • only 42% of offshoring projects are successful, but they are considerably more succesful in asia than in the rest of the world
  • the number of successful projects is dropping significantly for teams larger than 10 members
  • 80% of it-managers and 70% of project managers put the needs of their staff over beeing on time and on budget
  • 70-80% of it-personnel see a healthy workplace beeing more important than beeing on time and on budget, but only 53% of business stakeholders share this opinion :-(

skype on your symbian mobile

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

hey, ever wanted to get rid of your headset and use your mobile device for skype? last year i came across an application, which looked promising, but was really crap.

the piece of software i talk about is called im+ for skype. it let’s you conntect your device with your local pc, where skype is installed, over a mobile data connection. so in order to use it your pc has to be turned on, your skype must be up and running and your firewall has to accept incoming connections. what a miserable situation!

now i discovered a way better solution: with fring, you can use your mobile device to make voip-calls not only to users of skype, but also to googletalk, msn and sip endpoints. after you have installed a small mobile application (which was quite easy and well guided) you are ready to use your skype account without the need of further pc software. i have used it with my local wlan on a nokia e61 and it works quite perfect. you even don’t need a fast mobile connection like umts, because fring consumes only about 8mb for a 60 minutes voip-call and about 10kb (!!) per hour connectivity.