We have to break the cycle of hiring ourselves over and over again to achieve higher levels of diversity in the software industry, argues Birgitta Böckeler. According to her, things are slowly changing; organizations increasingly focus on diversity and inclusion. There are a lot of people out there who could be great and very happy to become a software developer, but they never even discover it.
Every December, the SysAdvent community publishes twenty-five articles, one per day until Christmas. The articles touch on a broad set of DevOps topics, ranging from low-level sysadmin tools to people and process issues. SysAdvent 2014 is now underway with twelve articles already published. Each SysAdvent acts like a yearly snapshot, making it possible to follow DevOps history over the years.
Michael Cote, aka RedMonk, has provided an audio recording of Miguel de Icaza’s keynote at Monospace. Miguel talked about Mono’s history, some plans for the future, Silverlight, and he gave a demo of building a Linux appliance.
40 years after the NATO Conference on Software Engineering, Tom DeMarco paused to reflect on the discipline's evolution, wondering whether the metrics orientation he championed has distracted from the real point of computing: "transformation, creating software that changes the world." Is his earlier advice valid, though? "No", he said, in Software Engineering: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone?
In a new article, Wil Leeuwis explores lessons that can be learned from a historical perspective when thinking about SOA. He argues there's a lot of old, well understood and practically applied theory that can help us harvesting the profits of the innovation part of the services-world.
Paul Downey has produced a Lord of the Rings style adventuring map for SOA, titled The Web Is Agreement.
This second Agile2006 Agile Styles video looks at DSDM and Lean. Jean Tabaka covered the history and principles of the venerable DSDM methodology, founded in 1994 and now accepted in the UK for use on government contracts. Mary Poppendieck gave real examples of how the 7 Lean principles provide competitive advantage, and discussed the relationship between quality, speedy delivery and low cost.
Infoq sits down with Billy Hollis to talk about the state of the .NET world and sofware development. Billy talks about topics from Data Access to 3D interfaces.
In this updated classic on Agile software development, Alistair Cockburn adds reflections from five more years of practice and research. InfoQ brings you Chapter 1, in which he's compared software development with another team-cooperative game - rock climbing - and two common comparison partners, engineering and model building, in order to explore alternate ways of thinking about the work we do.
Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game (2nd ed.) by Alistair Cockburn launched this week, adding new insights in several new "Evolution" chapters. This seminal book for Agile practitioners is now expanded, addressing timely topics like: the controversial relationship between Agile methods and user experience design, Agile and CMMI, and writing "custom contracts."
Ivar Jacobson, one of the creators of the Unified Process, UML, and use cases, introduces his vision for a next generation development methodology that is both agile and comprehensive like the Unified Process (UP). His vision includes 'Intelligent Agents' which make customization recommendations based on tool usage patterns. Jacobson also talks about his views on UML, MDA, AOP, and the future.
Jim Johnson, creator of the CHAOS Chronicles on project failure, answers a question outstanding after our August interview: How does he explain the amazing change in cost overrun from 189% in 1994 to 69% in 1998? Apparently Standish planned to publish a CHAOS report in 1996 but held it back due to these unexpected results. Johnson shares what their research revealed happened.
Some people think they can only be Agile with small, co-located teams and full management support, but most teams aren't that lucky. So, should they should give up on Agile techniques? Scott Ambler's answer is a resounding "No!" His Dr. Dobbs article "Imperfectly Agile: You Too Can Be Agile!" outlines how Agilists overcome common challenges that others use as excuses for not being Agile.
Jeff Sutherland, an Agile Manifesto signatory, ran the first Scrum at Easel Corp. in 1993. At JAOO 2005 he covered the history of Scrum from its inception to its impact at Easel, Fuji-Xerox, Honda, WildCard, Lexus, Google. Along the way Sutherland shared interesting stories & looked at Scrum types A, B, and "all at once" type C, reminding listeners that cultural change is the hard part of Scrum.
Mark Kozak-Holland is the author of the book "Churchill's Adaptive Enterprise: Lessons for Business Today". In his Gannthead.com series, he studies Churchill's history and habits, and draws parallels between events in World War II and today's business challenges. In episode 2, Mr. Churchill inherits his "project" from hell...