Jezz Santos

From Software Factories to Software Automation

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  • Blog Post: Why Are You NOT Automating Software?

    What kind of automation? What is built today? Why does it not work? What has been missing? Why is that so beneficial? What can do this today? We can do this today! Automated development & deployment tools? Everyone loves them - right? Certainly seasoned developers and infrastructure engineers love...
  • Blog Post: Design & Manufacturing

    Just a recent observation. Agile vs. Formal processes in the context of factories - any confusion there? It's pretty much a given these days in software engineering we accept that we have been misled over the last couple of decades into believing that software development should follow a manufacturing...
  • Blog Post: On Software Factories

    They just published an interview I recently did about software factories on InfoQ magazine - Article link... Hopefully you will find some entertaining and useful explanations for understanding factories, DSL's and the like, especially if you come from a practical background.
  • Blog Post: Re: Breaking the Cycle of Failed Development Projects

    Tom is back in the field again after an honourable stint at patterns & practices, and asks in his post “Breaking the Cycle of Failed Development Projects” , “....While it is strange going back to the world of consulting, I'm sure my tenure with the patterns & practices team will give me some...
  • Blog Post: EFx Factory Futures

    Well, its time to (officially) announce the end of further development of the EFx Factory prototype! and open a new chapter on software factories for our customers. [In actual fact, not really hot-off-the-press news, this post has been pending getting published for some months now.] The pioneering...
  • Blog Post: FAQ - Where are my skills going to be required with Software Factories?

    In a previous FAQ we addressed some of the fears that our 'eager-professionals' are likely to have about the introduction of software factories into their projects and organisations. In this post I want to address one of the concerns that the expert solution developers among them and their organisations...
  • Blog Post: FAQ - Why do I need Software Factories?

    OK, so first off I want to address the more personal, individual aspect of this question, rather than the more broader industry angle - which can be found in many other references online and offline (books, articles and the like). These other references describe in detail the drivers for software factories...
  • Blog Post: The How, the What and the Why - Stages of software development

    In the last year or so I have been on a 'mission', a crusade in fact, to complete and promote a software offering that's been under way for the last 3 years. Seems like a long project, but that offering has been evolving and really the journey has been a long evolving cycle for me in my career. As an...
  • Blog Post: What use will factories have in our products?

    Occasionally, I get asked by others internally at Microsoft, what role software factories are going play in their space, 'their space' as it were are server products we ship, such as: SharePoint, Exchange, BizTalk etc. Perhaps I'll start with a problem first and hopefully this will tease out an answer...
  • Blog Post: Meta-this and Meta-that

    Now, I don't know about you, but after you have had your head around factories and modelling for a while, especially if designing features and tools for them, you would have encountered this term 'meta' a lot. And if so, then you have bound to have come undone by it in even the most harmless discussions...
  • Blog Post: Factory Authoring Approaches – the “Rogers” and the “Johns”

    For some time now I have been analysing how the EFx factory runtime has been evolved (and why it evolved that way), and how that could be harvested and generalised for others that that could be used as a possible basis for defining some authoring tools for other factories. The EFx Factory is one of the...
  • Blog Post: File | New | 'Blank Problem' (Part II)

    So, we have now had a pretty thorough look at what a factory schema is in a number of previous articles , and now how it can be used from both the factory builder’s perspective and also the factory user’s perspective. In this article, I wanted to dig a little deeper in usage of the schema and demonstrate...
  • Blog Post: The Construction Analogy

    Whenever anyone asks what I am working on these days, I have trouble conveying the value that guidance automation and software factories are bringing to our industry - and getting the penny to drop in those who enquire. I find that even seasoned, experienced developers and consultants have trouble grasping...
  • Blog Post: The 'Visual Studio Stare'

    If you were following the previous post on File | New | 'Blank Problem' you will see we are a fair way from a development environment that provides us a starting point for defining the requirements for a solution, let alone a single environment for defining the problem. Until the day we can open Visual...
  • Blog Post: The Vicious Software Development Cycle (Part II)

    So, I am picking you are here because you are looking for an answer to the previous posting on why software development projects are continuing to fail to deliver. 'The Vicious Software Development Cycle' . I should apologise that the previous posting leading to this one was a little more in depth...
  • Blog Post: The Vicious Software Development Cycle

    A while back I was forced to justify, in plain terms, why partners and customers require, and should adopt, an application framework like EFx or any automated guidance for that matter. After all, adopting this kind of offering (some see as an intrusion) by any software development company, large or small...
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