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Stop Over-Engineering, Build What the Customer Really Needs

by Jan Stenberg on  Jun 25, 2016 3

After working with many different teams, Greg Young has found that they often are drastically over-engineeringing in their projects. Teams start to work on 9 month projects, but by thinking on the problem from another perspective they may be able to deliver 95% of the value in just a few weeks, Young claimed in his keynote at the recent DDD eXchange conference in London.

How to Effectively Debug Software

by Ben Linders on  Jun 09, 2016 1

InfoQ interviewed Diomidis Spinellis, author of the books Code Reading and Code Quality, about finding and fixing errors in software, principles for debugging software and how to improve the effectiveness of debugging, how to write code that requires less debugging, and what managers can do to support error prevention and handling.

Technologies and Trends in Developing Complex Software Systems

by Ben Linders on  May 26, 2016 7

The Software-Centric Systems Conference explored new technologies, trends, and experiences in developing complex software systems. InfoQ spoke with Rob Howe and Martijn Rutten, two members of the program committee, about the main challenges that software development is facing, technology developments, driving innovation, and deploying agile to improve process reliability and deliver value.

Software Industry Pioneer Ed Yourdon Dies

by Shane Hastie on  Jan 26, 2016 1

Software industry pioneer, prolific author, researcher, consultant and photographer Edward Yourdon died on January 20, 2016

Uncle Bob Proposes an Oath to Programmers

by Abel Avram on  Nov 28, 2015 9

Uncle Bob proposes an oath to software programmers as other professions have, considering the importance of this craftsmanship.

Business Case for Diversity in Organizations

by Ben Linders on  Sep 12, 2015

There is a positive correlation between diversity and financial performance and in an inclusive workplace, employees are more engaged which is crucial for retention and performance says Regina Chien. Having a diversity of thought and life experiences is going to help engineers create the best products.

10 Properties Defining Software Architecture

by Jan Stenberg on  Aug 27, 2015 2

Software architecture is a process; a sequence of strategic design decisions mapping specification and business goals to architecture design, and a thing; a set of views produced by the process that address different stakeholders, Michael Stal states describing how to define a software architecture.

Software – Is it "Engineering" Yet?

by Ben Linders on  Jul 16, 2015 49

At the GOTO Amsterdam 2015 conference Mary Shaw talked about progress towards an engineering discipline of software. She explored what it means to have an engineering discipline, how far we have progressed toward having one for software, and what can be the next steps.

New Developments in Model Driven Software Engineering

by Ben Linders on  Jun 24, 2015

An interview with Rob Howe, host of the MDSE session at the software engineering conference and CEO of Verum, about the state of practice and recent developments in model driven software engineering, the usage of this technology, whether he considers model driven software engineering to be a proven mature technology, and what the future will bring us in model driven software engineering.

Practicing Empathy Driven Development (EDD)

by Savita Pahuja on  Jun 20, 2015

Introduction to the concept of Empathy Driven Development.

Designing Systems for Testability

by Ben Linders on  Oct 22, 2014

Testability must be explicitly designed in the system said Peter Zimmerer from Siemens AG. Test architects should drive testability and collaborate with architects, designers and testers in using good design and engineering practices. At the QA&Test 2014 conference Peter gave a tutorial about design for testability for embedded software systems.

Fear Driven Development on the Rise

by Boris Lublinsky on  Oct 20, 2014 3

There are several recent posts and discussions dedicated to a fairly common approach to software development: Fear Driven Development.

Death by Planning in Agile Adoption

by Ben Linders on  Aug 28, 2014 1

Management can get the feeling of losing control when their enterprise adopts agile and starts deploying self-organizing teams. Procedures, review boards and consultation bodies can become superfluous when switching to an agile approach, but they may not realize that, says Marcel Heijmans. Trying to regain control with additional planning can make things worse, causing "death by planning".

IDC Study: How Many Software Developers Are Out There?

by Abel Avram on  Jan 31, 2014 2

IDC has published the “2014 Worldwide Software Developer and ICT-Skilled Worker Estimates” document, a study estimating the number of professional software developers, hobbyist developers and Information and Communications Technology (ICT)-skilled workers in the world at the start of 2014. The 90 countries covered in the study represent 97% of the world’s GDP.

Business of Software Engineering - Throughput Accounting and the Theory of Constraints

by Michael Stal on  Aug 08, 2012 1

In his recent blog posting “Theory of Constraints and Software Engineering” Steve Tendon addresses why throughput accounting should be preferred over cost accounting in software development organizations. He also provides a simple model for throughput accounting that is applicable to software engineering.

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