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Survey: State of the IT Union

I'd liketo invite you to participate in the July 2010 edition of my State of the IT Union" Survey. The goal of this ongoing survey series is to find out what IT professionals are actually doing in practice. The survey should take you less than 5 minutes to complete, and your privacy will be completely protected.

At the end of the survey you will be given the chance to be entered into a draw for one of ten copies of David Croslin's Innovate the Future: A Radical New Approach to IT Innovation. In this book, Croslin introduces a process for consistently creating inventions, and more transformative technologies, by identifying structured steps for optimizing the entire innovation lifecycle. He uses real examples and case studies to show how to apply these steps to different types of innovation, including innovating from scratch, innovating to dominate, and innovate to disrupt.

The results of this survey will be summarized in a forthcoming column. Furthermore, this is an open survey, so the source data (without identifying information to protect your privacy), a summary slide deck, and the original source questions will be posted at so that others may analyze the data for their own purposes. Data from previous surveys have been used by university students and professors for their research papers, and hopefully the same will be true of the data from this survey. The results from several other surveys are already posted there, so please feel free to take advantage of this resource.

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In Experiences with Kanban, Charles Suscheck describes his real-world experiences with Kanban.

David J. Anderson's KANBAN: Successful Evolutionary Change for Your Technology Business by Blue Hole Press is the definitive book describing Kanban.

Implementing Lean Software Development by Mary and Tom Poppendieck overviews lean strategies for software development and provides proven advice for applying them within your organization.

My paper Introduction to the Agile Scaling Model summarizes the ASM framework which provides advice for scaling agile strategies to meet the unique needs of your project.

The article Active Stakeholder Participation describes how stakeholders can be actively involved with IT delivery projects and why they need to do so.

I recently wrote a blog entitled Solutions over Software which argued that disciplined agilists go beyond the delivery of software and instead address the wider solution, including hardware-related issues, evolving the business process, potentially evolving the organization structure, and of course deliverable documentation associated with the system.

The Surveys Exploring the Current State of Information Technology Practices page links to the results of all the Dr. Dobb's surveys which I've run over the years.

My [email protected] blog discusses strategies for adopting and applying agile strategies in the complex environments.

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