Time and materials vs fixed-price: comparison of pricing models

How do time and materials and fixed-price contracts work? When we outsource a software development project, we need to know which billing agreement will best meet needs. We have the choice between two major types of billing agreements: Time and materials and fixed-price. Each model offers distinct advantages and disadvantages....

The guide to five scrum values

Why are scrum values crucial to successful scrum implementation? Back in 2016, the creators of scrum, Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland, updated the Scrum Guide. They decided to add five values to the guide to help software development teams achieve their goals. While on their face these values may seem...

Scrum Release Planning & How to Make One

Software development in Agile is fluid and ever-changing. Without a road-map that ebbs and flows in tandem with the development process, teams can lose focus, get stuck, or face problems and delays. Consistent, clear organization is a staple of any successful project management team. When using Scrum in Agile, release...

What is scrum velocity and how do we calculate it?

Let’s begin by defining our terms. According to scrum.org, scrum is: “A framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value.” When we talk about scrum velocity, we talk about the number of user stories points completed in each...

8 scrum metrics to measure the effectiveness of your agile team

What are scrum metrics? By now most of us know the advantages of using agile for software development projects. Scrum helps agile teams organize their workflow. Scrum, according to scrumguides.org: is a lightweight framework that helps people, teams and organizations generate value through adaptive solutions for complex problems. Scrum, an...

Minimum Viable Products examples and how to implement them

What’s a Minimum Viable Product? Minimum viable products (MVPs) are small, working increments of the new product or service a business wants to provide, and they are helpful when studying the market. It’s the most basic, yet still functioning, action that can show the customer what the product or service...

Differences Between IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS: The Ultimate Guide

What is the difference between IaaS PaaS and SaaS? More and more businesses (and individuals) use the cloud today. Cloud services represent a large part of how we work and collaborate. Let’s take a close look at  these services, and how businesses can benefit from using each kind. We will...

Software development principles you should know about

What exactly are the principles of software development? Software developers and engineers created or adapted several acronyms and idioms  to help them stay focused. Some of these acronyms come from the fields of philosophy or science. Others engineers and project managers coined themselves to guide the software development process. Let’s...

4 Types of System Integration Methods

What is system integration? Enterprise system integration is the practice of making two or more separate software systems work together. It can take many different forms, depending on the systems being combined, and the integration method that is used. The purposes of system integration vary from company to company, but...

Software development project planning in Agile

What is project planning in software development? Software development teams plan with agile to create solutions quickly. The Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) refers to the route that the team will take to create a finished solution. The SDLC typically consists of seven steps: Analysis and planningGathering requirementsDesign and prototypingSoftware...