November 2016

World-Class Communicators

November 30, 2016 0 comments

I think we software developers get a bad rap. We are portrayed in the media as being antisocial and introverted, unable to carry on a conversation at a party. In my experience, these stereotypes do not hold true. Okay, maybe it holds true for some of us (like me) but most developers I meet don’t […]

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Practices We Aren’t Taught

November 23, 2016 0 comments

As a software developer I resonate with the technical practices of Extreme Programming. Software engineering, like other forms of engineering, should have common standards and practices, but we really don’t. Yes we all learn programming languages in school but we’re rarely taught how to apply them in ways needed to build enterprise systems. This is […]

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Collaborate

November 16, 2016 1 comment

Collaboration requires a set of skills that must be practiced and mastered. Most software development projects involve collaboration among many developers so being able to work as part of a team, and to communicate complex ideas effectively, are important skills to have. Pair programming is one approach to collaborative development. Pair programming is not about […]

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Change Your Mind

November 9, 2016 1 comment

One characteristic I consistently see among outstanding software developers is that they’re not afraid to change their minds, to change their approach, or to change their designs. In Agile we start building right away before we have all the requirements nailed down and we let new requirements emerge as we’re building. To those unfamiliar with […]

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Integrate Frequently

November 2, 2016 0 comments

You want to create a build system that’s so easy to use that it’s invisible to the developers on the team. It should be able to be invoked with a single click and should automatically build, test, and validate new code that’s added to the system. Teams that are first adopting continuous integration sometimes ask […]

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