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Successful outsourcing to Kiev: visiting Levi9 and Daxx

Kiev is a popular outsourcing location for software development, with many companies like Levi9 and Daxx that focus on the Dutch market. We visited both companies to see how outsourcing works in practice.

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Software project effort estimation – the agile way

Estimating the effort needed to complete a certain software project is incredibly difficult. At the same time it is important to have some indication of development effort in order to estimate cost and decide whether to do the project. We shared four estimation methods with our students in our software project management course, and have…

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Why having a vision is key in software project management

From March to May 2016, we are teaching the course Software Project Management at the Free University of Amsterdam. In eight weeks, students learn the fundamentals of project management and are creating their own project plan for a software project of their choice. In the course we devote the first week on the project vision….

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Agile interview with Lean Startup author Eric Ries

Eric Ries is the successful author of The Lean Startup, one of the best introduction to the Lean Startup method. Eric Ries is an engineer at heart, knows agile well and is using many agile element in his version of Lean Startup. We interviewed Eric Ries last week when he was in Amsterdam and asked for…

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Lean startup explained in 15 words

Lean startup is a new, agile method for developing new products. The method is used by most technology startups and accelerators but also applies to corporate innovation teams. This article summarizes the Lean Startup jargon as a refresher for people who attended a Lean Startup workshop.

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