Agile and Macroscope

I have heard quite a few people compare Agile and Macroscope during a break, on the corner of a table, coffee in hand. It is not uncommon to hear things like "Macroscope is not Agile." Such a statement sometimes comes from a cursory glance at Macroscope, often from hearsay or, this is fair game, from a competitor. I'm afraid that such a summary diagnosis might be comparing apples and oranges.Let us first compare things of similar scope

First, Agile is not a method as such, but a family of approaches and methods mainly focused on the design and implementation of the software aspect of the system. It is the same for methods such as RAD (Rapid Application Development), XP (Extreme Programming) and other SCRUM-like approaches.

Macroscope is an integrated methodology framework covering multiple "domains of intervention" from defining a business vision (Vision domain), developing business capabilities and technology (Architecture domain), designing, operating and evolving information systems (Solution domain), managing projects (Project domain) and managing portfolios of Benefits Realization programs (Benefits domain).

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The way I'm using use cases

This posting is a bit long, but I hope you will find it informative and useful in your understanding and application of Macroscope. You will, at least, see how I apply these concepts in real life!

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Documenting tests… Who?...me?

How can we be effective at conducting unit and integration tests with an Agile Development Team?

Stating that tests are crucial to any successful solution implementation, is far from being new. Undertaking quality control is imperative for all product components. However, ensuring quality of a solution requires a testing strategy.

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Viewpoints….but why?

The notion of viewpoints advocated by Macroscope in solution delivery integrates concerns of all stakeholders and thus allows to reach a business solution that meets their needs. This is simple and logical.

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