Tom Cagley's Practical Software Quality and Testing Conference Presentation

DCG Software Value, a global provider of software analytics, software quality management, and Agile support services, presented at the 2016 Practical Software Quality and Testing (PSQT) Conference in San Diego from August 14-19.

Tom Cagley, Vice President of Consulting and Agile Practice Lead at DCG Software Value, gave three presentations at this year's conference.

His first presentation, "Discover the Quality of Your Testing Process," focused on the Test Maturity Model integration (TMMi), a framework for software testing. During the presentation, Tom shared a case study to discuss how the TMMi appraisal process works, providing attendees with a tool to complete a high-level assessment of their organization.

His second presentation, "Scaling Agile Testing Using the TMMi," was part of the Agile track. Tom outlined the TMMi framework and provided a process for using environmental, technical, and project context to effectively integrate testing into an Agile development environment, measuring the effectiveness of the process.

His final presentation was also a part of the Agile track. "Impact of Agile Risk Management on Software Quality" discussed how to implement best practices for mitigating risk in an Agile environment.

Tom was very pleased with the outcome of his presentations, expressing his ability to connect with the audience on each of the topics. He hopes that his contribution to the conference will further develop company's abilities to consistently and efficiently produce high quality software that works as expected and benefits the bottom line of the company. 

If you have any questions about the presentations, feel free to contact Tom Cagley at

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Agile Storytelling

Philadelphia IIBA

We recently attended the Philadelphia chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis' (IIBA) Professional Development Day. The event brought together a collection of speakers from local consulting firms and internationally recognized organizations to discuss topics related to business analysis. 

It was a great event, with about 70 attendees. We always enjoy any chance to connect with others from around the Philadelphia region, where our home office is located, and this event was no exception. Agile, DevOps, mind-mapping and even improvisation were covered in the presentations.

Tom Cagley, our VP of Consulting and Agile Practice Manager, and Tony Manno, our VP of Outsourced Services, co-presented, "Backlog Development by Storytelling."

One of the dilemmas most Agile teams face is how to generate an initial backlog. The best way to do this is by assembling a cross-functional team and using facilitated storytelling to generate a set of scenarios, which are then decomposed into features, epics, and user stories using standard grooming techniques. This process not only provides the team with the information needed to create user stories, but also provides context for what is being built.

Download DCG's presentation on Agile storytelling. Learn how this process works and how it can implemented in your organization - and to what benefit.



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Capability Counts 2016

Capability Counts 2016

The CMMI framework has been around for awhile now, but its use in the industry continues to persist. The framework's focus on quality improvement through the use of best practices makes it of value to almost any organization.

While the framework is still in use, the CMMI Institute has expanded its annual conference beyond a singular focus on the framework itself, to a broader focus on capability. Branding as the "Capability Counts" conference makes sense - all organizations want to build and capitalize on their capability - and this includes more than just the implementation of CMMI. 

We were excited to attend this year's Capability Counts conference in Annapolis, where the wider scope of the conference lent itself to an interesting agenda of speakers on topics from risk management to product quality measurement - and yes, CMMI.

Tom Cagley, our Vice President of Consulting, also spoke at the conference. His presentation, "Budgeting, Estimation, Planning, #NoEstimates, and the Agile Planning Onion - They ALL Make Sense," discussed the many levels of software estimation, including budgeting, high-level estimation, and task planning. He explained why all of these methods are useful, when they make sense, and in what combination.

You can download the presentation below. More information about our CMMI offerings are here - and we're already looking forward to next year's conference!



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Agile Testing: Budgeting, Estimation, Planning and #NoEstimates


We're a broken record when it comes to software testing. As we've made clear time and time again, testing is undervalued in IT. It is one of the most important steps in the software development process, yet it's often a hurried step, in an effort to produce a final project. As Agile adoption continues to increase (which it will), it's even more important to emphasize the value of testing.

But, testing is routinely overlooked, or organizations don't understand how to prioritize testing within the frameworks in use, like Agile. This is what Tom Cagley, our VP of Consulting and Agile Practice Manager, spoke about at this year's QUEST conference: How to utilize Agile in testing environments. He discussed the difference between budgeting, planning and estimation as applied to testing in an Agile environment - and when they make sense, when they don't and in what combination for testing. He also explained the #NoEstimates movement and its role in Agile testing.

You can download his presentation, "Budgeting, Estimation, Planning and #NoEstimates - They ALL Make Sense for Agile Testing!," here. If you have any thoughts we'd love to here them; just leave a comment below or contact Tom directly.



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CIOs Discuss Prioritizing Projects by Business Value

Mike HarrisLast week I had the pleasure of speaking at The CIO and IT Security Forum in Miami. I also spoke at a CIO Forum this past fall. At these events, my presentations are delivered to small groups of CIOs/CISOs intentionally to allow an interactive and intimate dialogue. That said, I had about 35 people split across two presentations last week. My goal for these presentations is to offer ideas for using software business value to prioritize development projects at the strategic and tactical levels, to provide practical examples, and, above all, to evangelize to try to get more companies doing this stuff – visualizing the business value of their software development efforts.

The attendees were very engaged in this topic. Most of their interest was focused on using cost of delay and weighted shortest job first approaches to prioritize projects. In the first session, the audience requested I go through the calculations in detail, so I incorporated that into the second presentation and again got a positive response. There was something of an “aha” moment in both sessions as they realized that coming up with relative business value for prioritization purposes is actually a practical proposition.

In the first session, we had a substantial group of CISOs, and we talked about where information security investments fit in the business value of software – a particular piece of software development could result in a reduction of risk, but all software development has the potential to add risk of a vulnerability if security is ignored or is simply paid lip service. 

Of the 35 or so participants, just two claimed to attempt to prioritize by business value. They were able to describe their approaches to the other participants. This is one of the great things about CIO Forum events – participants learn as much from their peers as they do from the presenters, and I always try to encourage this interchange during my sessions.

Do you prioritize your software development initiatives by business value? If not, what criteria do you use to prioritize your projects?  If you’d like to learn more about focusing on software business value to prioritize your efforts, click here for white papers, additional blogs, and webinars on the topic.

Mike Harris


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