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I bet you thought agile development was supposed to be easier than a traditional, prescriptive process! That I would wax evangelical that agile development is the answer to everything, and it simplifies your life. Yeah, just like UML and model-driven architecture and XML and SOA and Web services are silver bullets. Uh-huh, r-i-g-h-t. If you aren't familiar with agile development, you can check out our manifesto here: www.agilemanifesto.org/. You can also learn more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agile_software_development. The difficulty with "agile development" is that it is "in the eye of the beholder." That is, even a highly regulated, constrained application can be conducted in an agile manner. That manner will be radically different from the way a five-member team might approach building a small desktop software product that they want to sell. Both project... (more)

Pragmatic Agile Model-Driven Architecture

Much of enterprise software is of woeful quality, many new projects often take a waterfall approach, and teams attempting to deliver enterprise apps often do so inconsistently. Come listen to one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto paint a picture of 3 ways to look at software development to achieve success. See how easy it is to build flexible and repeatable architectural approaches to technologies such as Web Services, Hibernate, EJBs, etc. Do you have effective ways to deliver your architectural designs to each member of the development team? If the technical architecture ne... (more)