Stuck between agile and waterfall? You're not alone

Years ago when I was introduced to the agile process, I grasped the concept rather quickly and ran with it.  To me, it made total sense and I was all in.  As a team, we weren't full on agile necessarily (not even close), but it was a good start and we evolved.  Granted, this was a consulting group so adopting and trying things were a bit easier than it is for someone in, say, a large organization, but there are now a TON of big organizations on the agile adoption path.  I've heard many times over, "we're agile" ... and they're really not.  Old habits are tough to break, we're hard wired for it. It takes a good level of discipline to break it but that's if its just yourself.  With a team, it can be a mess.

Typically, there's a layer,  somewhere, deep within in the ranks that is all for agile (or at least really trying to do it right) and I see them kind of stuck and largely become frustrated.  More...

Salesforce Apex to VersionOne API

Recently I started doing some work for a client for some integration between Salesforce and VerisonOne.  When I first looked at how they were doing it, it was pretty clear there were some serious struggles which I kind of take personally (I was on the dev team for quite a while).

With the imposed limits of Apex, reusability is a must and for this case specifically, we were doing a lot of writes (POST).  Since Apex now has an XML object that helps with creating those, I came up with a set of objects that handle creating the proper payload for posts to the VersionOne API. More...