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November 13, 2007  3:07 AM

Expectations in Software Development



Posted by: SJC
Agile, Business process automation, Database application, Database application front-end programming, Software application development, Software maintenance, Software Quality, Software testing

I've heard it said before that an expectation unfullfilled leads to upset, and I must honestly say that I buy into that 100%.  How many times have we begun using a new piece of software with an expectation (or 2 or 3) that was left unfulfilled once we started using the software?  I believe that...

October 12, 2007  12:27 PM

Learning a new Business



Posted by: SJC
Agile

I believe that one of the most challenging parts of being an application software developer is that of learning a new business.  I further believe that it is essential at every level for members of the project team to have at least a minimal knowledge of the "big picture" of a project, as I've...


October 9, 2007  6:14 PM

Being “Agile” without Face-To-Face Conversation



Posted by: SJC
Agile

The sixth principle of the Agile Manifesto states: "The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation."  I find myself in complete agreement with this statement.  However, this statement begs for an answer to the...


October 3, 2007  9:49 PM

It’s Not Easy to be Agile



Posted by: SJC
Agile, CIO

Paragraph 3 of the "Agile Manifesto" states this principle: "Deliver working software frequently, from a couple of weeks to a couple of months, with a preference to the shorter timescale" Living up to this principle is no trivial task,...


September 28, 2007  11:58 AM

No Lack of Development “Ideologies”



Posted by: SJC
Agile, CIO, Software Quality

I find myself continuously amazed by the number of software development methods that are available, and question whether any single one could possibly "fit" any project.  (Please see my previous post "


September 20, 2007  4:15 PM

Software Simplicity Perspectives



Posted by: SJC
Agile, CIO, Software Quality

I'd like to call special attention to one of the written principles contained in the "Agile Manifesto" relating to simplicity,  "Simplicity--the art of maximizing the amount of work not done--is essential."  Yes, I agree with this...


September 18, 2007  8:19 PM

Buy, Build or Ignore? — What does THAT mean?



Posted by: SJC
Agile, CIO, Software Quality

What I'm getting at here is this -- Let's say you have users in your organization who need to have certain information -- but the information is not readily available except on a paper form located somewhere in another location. You may realize this as a possible use for a document management...


September 18, 2007  7:35 PM

Please Hear What I “Really” Need



Posted by: SJC
Agile, Software Quality

I recently had the opportunity to visit a potential client to look at a software development project that had been started by another developer over a year ago. Just the fact that nothing was yet operational (nor really functional to the potential user) was really a warning sign to me as I...


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