In this interview, Jeff Patton discusses the Product Owner role and points out that Agile has never been very focused on the customer. While Agile development excels at “delivery”, it struggles to support “discovery” (i.e. defining what the customer really needs). Also discussed are techniques such as Lean Startup and story maps and the importance of defining business value in an Agile context.
In this interview from QCon London 2008, Erich Gamma discusses the Jazz project, why Eclipse has been successful, the strict Eclipse release schedule, JUnit, Design Patterns, how to identify a design pattern, design patterns and the 'Don't Repeat Yourself' principle, the design pattern community, and whether dependency injection is a design pattern.
Business users doing programming? In this interview, Charles Simonyi presents a radical new way of building software that separates business knowledge from software engineering knowledge. The claim is to simplify the creation process for software as business experts directly contribute using their customary domain description which results in accelerated innovation.
The PM of the Eclipse Process Framework project explained at Agile2006 how IBM's Eclipse-based process tools allow teams to select the practices they want to create a customized methodology that works for them. With a wiki and hooks to insert custom in-house documentation and practices, it provides a framework to configure the approach you want, or to grow into the approach you need.
The project code-named TESLA in Microsoft Research is being spearheaded by Brian Beckman and Erik Meijer. LINQ is the first technology aimed at democratizing the Internet coming from Microsoft. From Monoids to LINQ, Brian and Erik provide insight into the future of the .NET Framework languages at Microsoft and how they plan to change the Cloud as we know it today.
InfoQ interviews Dave Astels and Steven Baker, two of the authors of the successful Rspec framework about enabling Behavior-Driven Development in Ruby, and the implications of moving from a test-centric point of view to one that is more specification-driven.
Ivar Jacobson, one of the founders of UML, RUP, use cases, introduces his vision for a next generation development methodology that is both agile yet large like UP, by having humans collaborate with 'Intelligent Agents'. Ivar also talks about his views on UML, MDA, AOP, and the future. Recorded at JAOO (jaoo.dk).