Capers Jones wrote the book The Technical and Social History of Software Engineering in which he provides an overview of the evolution of information technology and software development. InfoQ interviewed Capers about advancements and events in software engineering and the effects that they have had on our society.
Technical Debt is widely regarded as a bad thing that should be paid back as soon as possible, however it can be a strategy that helps balance short-term wins and long-term productivity. The article describes different ways that a project could pay back Technical Debt and what factors must be considered when deciding if you should repay, convert debt or just pay the interest.
Historical data is a key resource for judging the effectiveness of software process improvement methods and also for calibrating software estimation accuracy. In this article, Capers Jones compares Agile and Scrum with a sample of contemporary software development methods using several standard metrics.
In the wake of the latest product announcement from IBM, InfoQ talked to Bertrand Portier about a RedBook that presents a fairly general Model-Driven-Development approach to service construction.