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“Agile” and “Open” Crosses Technology Domains in 2015


January 26, 2015

Doug Hadden, VP Products

We’re at an interesting intersection at FreeBalance: software development and country development. Software methodologies have undergone significant changes from the “waterfall” method to agile techniques. Foreign aid and country development, faced with similar “waterfall” failures are moving in a similar direction with techniques such as Problem-Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA). Start-ups (and innovation organizations within large companies) have embraces the “lean startup” technique.

2015 will be the year that agile, lean, PDIA and “open” merge. By “open”, I mean open standards, open source and open communications. It will be the year that we drive the nail into most so-called “best practices”. We’ll focus on problems and, as much as I hate to admit agreeing with Evgeny Morozov on the dangers of technology solutioning.

One of the most exciting developments in this intersection is the launch of “doing development differently.”

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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