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The Pentalog business team is always there for you!

Before going on or returning from a vacation, and before the fall settles in, why not take some time to reflect on the best innovation, cost reduction and productivity gains solutions for your company?

Pentalog’s business consultants are bravely sacrificing themselves for their clients and prospects . To remain 100% available during this period that may favor interesting and productive exchanges, they will take no summer vacations! This means that they will work at full speed, the same as in the rest of the year.

Below are some of the topics they are proposing to you:

- Software development and Agile methodologies: solving field-related evolutive problems, implementing functional requirements, visibility on project follow-up, maintaining productivity or long and complex projects.

- Cloud infrastructure: architecture consulting, private cloud management, outsourcing services.

- BigData

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How Agile and Kanban methods favor re-insourcing and offshoring and turn traditional IT services companies into transit areas for new market entrants

After having recently met the President of Syntec (French Federation of Consulting Engineering Firms), I cannot stop thinking about the continuous drop in revenues registered by the traditional IT services companies, also confirmed by a drop in their sales figure. This is particularly surprising in the context of the high pressure exerted by digital innovation at international level. Both software editors and human resources are overbooked in most countries worldwide. Nevertheless, the underlying causes are deeper than they first appear.

I have also noted, among other things, how the generalization of Agile methods can profoundly change the client-provider relationships in software or web development activities. Working closely with
software publishers and web companies in particular, Pentalog has already engaged on this path for several years now.

Whoever has implemented or monitored the Agile projects

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Critical checkpoints in Scrum – Part 1 – Release Planning

Two months ago, I was doing an agile practices review for one of our clients and I was surprised to see that despite his willingness to practice Scrum there was little understanding of it. Even if most of the people I’ve met in the agile community, experienced at least the Scrum certified course, I can see during debates that there is a major gap between how they perceive it and genuine Scrum. It is useless to remind that the lack of comprehension might do more harm to the organization than before the ScrumBut, as described in my previous article Scrum requires a different mindset.

Suddenly all the important stuff we’ve been used to from the beginning of times disappeared and a strange mixture between the defined process control model (old approach) and the empirical

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ScrumDay 2012

I attended ScrumDay 2012, organized by the French Scrum User Group (French only), together with Cornel Fatulescu, Director of the Pentalog Institute. Despite the participation fee, I guess about 500 people took part in the conferences.

Personally, I have chosen the following conferences:

Scrum for business teams
The presentation was a feedback on the experience gained while implementing Scrum within a Marketing team whose members traditionally do not deal directly with the concepts of timebox and products as such. In any case, the conclusions reached before method deployment were similar to what we came across when dealing with IT projects: lack of understanding and communication, working in a permanent state of emergency and little priority management.
I firmly believe in Agile methods both for production teams and for business activities (beside

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IT offshore press review week 04/2012

2012 is set to be a year in which new opportunities start to rise for IT professionals. Let’s see what other subjects we have in the IT offshore press review this week. Enjoy!

- How to cope with HTML5′s dueling standards bodies (January 17, 2012, Computer World)
- Need an agile infrastructure? Do your homework (January 16, 2012, Computer World)
- Tips for Facebook Timeline apps: Beware what you share (January 21, 2012, IT World)
- Wall Street Beat: Enterprise spending helps mixed quarter for tech (January 20, 2012, IT World)
- Public sector IT staff sees largest cut in 25 years (January 19, 2012, Computer Weekly)
- Four key trends in business analytics in 2012 (January 17, 2012, Computer Weekly)
- Innovation’s dirty little secret (January 17, 2012, Computer Weekly)
- The cloud

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Scrum requires a different mindset

“I had difficulties respecting deadlines and products were flooded with defects and bugs, which made it even more difficult when accepting changes required by the customer until I decided we have to step into agile world! In Scrum they accept changes diminishing impact because there is no document to update. The team is self-organizing and more responsible so we will have fewer defects in the end. Traditional development models are no longer sufficient or effective.
6 months after software manufacturing with Scrum, we understood that all this was just good advertising and worst results were just about to come!”

Does this desperate message sound familiar? Yes, too familiar! As a CTO at Pentalog I had the opportunity to meet potential clients with similar problems: “we’ve done Scrum but it doesn’t work for us, so we

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