Topic Teasers Vol. 7: Using Agile Hardware

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The software developers in my IT department are hardcore agileists. I maintain legacy systems and do operational work. Is there anything I need to know about the agile world that could affect my work with hardware?

A. Yes. Cloud computing is an agile practice and a major trend that will probably be discussed in your workplace soon. Learn about it so you don’t look dated and out of touch.

B.  No. Agile is only for software developers at large shops like Google who need to support online retail sales and search engine banks.

C. Yes. All hardware purchase and installation projects should be converted to a Scrum process for the greatest impact and cohesion between teams.

D.  No. The government has legislation pending to block agile practices as potential antitrust violations.

 

Answer: A. Yes. Cloud computing is an agile practice and a major trend that will probably be discussed in your workplace soon. Learn about it so you don’t look dated and out of touch.

We tend to think of agile practices as being owned by those who write software, rather than those who run and maintain the hardware and software resources of an organization. But all of that may be changing with the onset of cloud computing--an agile way for an organization to access the technological infrastructure resources they need quickly, efficiently and with great…

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- Albert Einstein

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