Software development is a whole team activity – avoid silos and barriers to communication. Extreme Programming introduced the idea of the Whole Team, which includes business representatives, testers, and of course programmers. These teams work together, ideally within the same … Continued
Software systems often are broken up into a series of layers. Typically, these are drawn as horizontal boxes, such as in the diagram shown here, and represent different logical components of the system. There is value in separating an application … Continued
A great deal of the time, software developers can mostly figure things out by just trying things, and seeing what fits. Maybe it’s a matter of trying different combinations until the compile error disappears, or maybe it’s a matter of … Continued
What is Pain Driven Development (PDD)? It means waiting to apply principles, patterns, and practices to your code until there is some pain the current approach is causing that must be addressed. It’s a variation of YAGNI that ensures you … Continued
Never lose sight of the fact that until you ship your product, it is not providing value to anybody. Joel Spolsky put it well when he wrote: A 50%-good solution that people actually have solves more problems and survives longer … Continued
Refactoring can be used as a verb or a noun. As a verb, refactoring means to improve the design of a code without changing what it does. As a noun, it refers to an individual modification to a program that … Continued
Software developers should rarely be made to work more than 40 hour weeks, and if one week does require overtime, the next one certainly should not. This helps to maintain programmer welfare and avoid a death march project.
All stakeholders on a software application, from users to product managers to developers, should share the same terminology when discussing the elements of the application. Use of a ubiquitous language reduces the risk of miscommunication and the need to translate … Continued
A metaphor that everyone (whole team, customers, management, stakeholders) agrees on for how the system works.
When you miss a deadline or milestone, don’t just blindly shift the planned deadline back by a day. This is an opportunity to quickly re-assess the project’s status, update the plan, and communicate the new plan to all of the … Continued