White Papers

To offshore or to not offshore – is that the question?  – You’ve been tasked with running a custom software application project. It’s time to develop a budget for the project, and you can’t help but notice that offshore development companies can offer you much lower per-hour costs than US-based companies located close to your place of business. How do you decide?

Agile in the Federal Government: Scrum and Beyond – The trend of increased Agile usage, including within the federal government, is undeniable and ongoing. The private sector has been at the forefront of Agile adoption. Here, competency with Agile has been adopted in a progressive manner, starting with technical teams and flowing down to the business side and eventually the entire organization. For the most part, the federal sector has followed the private sector’s pattern of adoption with the primary exception being its bypassing Agile Engineering practices such as XP and relying predominately on SCRUM.

Agile in the Federal Government: Improving Technical Execution – In the government, the adoption of Scrum alone has become the de facto method of Agile adoption with the use of the term Agile and Scrum even becoming synonymous in some agencies. In this paper we will discuss why we believe the use of Agile Engineering Practices such as XP is crucial to the success of Scrum projects for the Federal government and that the government can again benefit by combining Scrum with XP as is already in use by industry.

Agile Project Management – Today’s Information Technology (IT) manager is under ever-increasing pressure to deliver results – in the form of applications that drive improvements to the bottom line – even while IT budgets are being significantly slashed. Meanwhile, despite the fall of the Internet economy business environments continue to change at a rapid pace leaving many IT shops struggling to keep up with the pace of change. These changes have led to an increased interest in agile software development methodologies with their promise of rapid delivery and flexibility while maintaining quality.

Lean-Agile in use sounds good but does it really work? Six steps to gain a better understanding of Lean Agile – “Lean-Agile” approach has very different techniques than we are used to with older methodologies. It is important to understand some of the core differences and gain an overall understanding of the level of commitment your organization will make. As you read through this paper you will gain an overview of the differences between older methods and Lean-Agile as well as gain pointers on determining if Lean-Agile is right for your organization.

Maximizing Value, Minimizing Cost in Software Selection – How can you choose wisely when you need more functionality than your current system delivers? Learn about an approach that helps mitigate the risks associated with a significant corporate investment.

What’s Lean-Agile and How Does It Allow Teams to Progressively Improve Customer Satisfaction and Service Delivery? – Lean-Agile methods are helping workgroups to significantly increase their productivity and efficiencies. By significantly, we mean leaps of greater than 50%. What’s truly remarkable is such gains are repeatable.

The Role of an Application Architect – The news that an organization is adopting agile application delivery often prompts team members to ask, “How will my role change? Will it even exist anymore?” By reading this white paper, you will understand how an architect fits into the Agile process and how the role and responsibilities change.

Mortgage Banking & Technology: Lenders’ Perspective – CC Pace recently surveyed a broad cross-section of mortgage banking executives across the country.  This white paper will explore lenders’ perspectives on the current lending environment, their priorities of the day, and their thoughts on moving forward.

Is CRM Right for You?- Is CRM a profitable place to put your company’s investments? This paper is intended to help you find out.

Maximizing Value, Minimizing Cost in Software Selection How can you choose wisely when you need more functionality than your current system delivers? Learn about an approach that helps mitigate the risks associated with a significant corporate investment.

Prioritizing Projects to Maximize Return on InvestmentHow can a company facilitate return on investment analysis and assess the benefits of implementing specific information management projects?

The Art of Planning a LOS Budget – This white paper is intended to help you think more broadly when preparing a budget for implementing a LOS.