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Solving the Right Problem

Have you noticed how many books on software development have a chapter/section devoted to guide the reader on how to spot the right problem to solve and avoid wasting time and effort? They are many I would say, and they tackle the issue from different angles – when gathering requirements, when planning next sprint/iteration, before coding – and providing several techniques – using examples, polishing user stories, avoiding to polish user stories. Continue reading

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Three lessons out of spilled milk

A couple of years ago at work started a move towards MDA guided by the architecture area. Former essays delivered MVC layered applications which needed code implementation for business methods. Since we go as far as analyzing and designing and hire coding, what our code providers had to do was simpler, shorter, less error prone and cheaper. Actually a bold move. Now close to be filed under failures. Continue reading

Choosing a development methodology

Being in the need of finding a methodology to develop software, either because you or your your job place lacks one or to replace the current one, is a nice and complicated task. I believe there are three main concerns you should identify a priory and make a plan to successfully tackle them: the time you’ve got to accomplish the task, the way you’re going to find the right one for you and the political issues this change will bring into otherwise messy but calmed waters.

The first is a constraint you find in every project and is the one that takes you out of the ideal scenario where you build the same project with all the candidate methodologies and then compare metrics. This concern is why you need to put some trust in other people’s success stories. The second concern, the matter of this post, tries to identify what are you going to compare so you know the methodology suits better for your needs. Finally, you have to realize that not because you and your closest teammates believe it’s time for a change everybody else does, some other people may just love the way it is now.

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