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  • Blog Post: Arch Frame Posted to CodePlex

    Today we posted our Arch Frame to CodePlex.  Wednesdays are ship days (I don't ship on Fridays.)  The App Arch Frame is a collection of hot spots you hit when building line of business (LOB) applications.  The key to the buckets is that they organize actionable principles, patterns, and...
  • Blog Post: Architecture Frame

    As part of our patterns & practices App Arch Guide 2.0 project , we've put together an arch frame.  The arch frame is simply a collection of hot spots.  These aren't just any hot spot though.  These hot spots represent key engineering decisions, anti-patterns, and opportunities for...
  • Blog Post: The Story of the Engineering Practices Frame

    I shared the story of our patterns & practices Engineering Practices Frame on Shaping Software .  In a nutshell, the Engineering Practices Frame is a set of categories to organize software development knowledge.  The idea behind the frame is to help collect and share principles, patterns...
  • Blog Post: Scenario Frames for Presentation, Business, Data, and Services

    As part of our App Arch Guide 2.0 project , we're creating scenario frames to organize customer problems into meaningful lists. These particular frames are an elaboration of our App Arch Meta Model . This helps scope our guidance. We also use them to test effectiveness. The value of the guidance is the...
  • Blog Post: App Arch Meta-Frame

    As part of the App Arch Guidance project , we've created an organizing frame to help think about application architecture: Anatomy of the App Arch Meta Frame You can see from the figure, we have a few parts that work together: Scenarios - You can't evaluate an architecture in a vacuum. Scenarios are...
  • Blog Post: Web Services Security Frame

    The key to making principles, patterns, and practices more effective is to have an organizing frame. While working on our patterns & practices WCF Security Guidance Project , we created the Web Services Security Frame for just such a purpose. We use the frame throughout the guidance to organize threats...
  • Blog Post: Life Frame

    What is your life frame? What are the key buckets in your life that you need to balance across? If you have a frame, you can balance your life through thick and through thin. If you have a life frame, you can more thoughtfully allocate your time and energy for maximum results. More importantly, when...
  • Blog Post: The Change Frame

    How do you improve your results?  How do you consistently increase your success?  Have you ever wondered why somebody's *advice* was useless for you at the time?  Maybe, they were giving you ideas to change your thinking when what you really needed was better techniques.  Have you...
  • Blog Post: Scenario Frames for Team Foundation Server

    Our Scenario Frames for Team Foundation Server are available on CodePlex. We have Scenario Frames for the following: Build Project Management Reporting Source Control We use scenario frames for several things: Mapping out the problem space Performing scenario evaluations to...
  • Blog Post: Performance Frame - v2

    The Performance Frame helps you organize and prioritize performance knowledge. Category Key Considerations Caching Per user, application-wide, data volatility. Communication Transport mechanism, boundaries, remote interface design, round trips, serialization, bandwidth...
  • Blog Post: Improvement Frame

    As a mentor at work, I like to checkpoint results. While I can do area-specific coaching, I tend to take a more holistic approach. For me, it's more rewarding to find ways to unleash somebody's full potential and improve their overall effectiveness at Microsoft. Aside from checking against specific goals...
  • Blog Post: Security Frame

    The Security Frame helps you organize and prioritize security knowledge. Category Key Considerations Auditing and Logging Who did what and when? Auditing and logging refer to how your application records security-related events. Authentication Who are you? Authentication...
  • Blog Post: Performance Frame

    The performance and scalability frame to help you organize and prioritize performance and scalability issues. Category Key Considerations Caching Per user; application-wide; data volatility Communication Transport mechanism; boundaries; remote interface design; round...
  • Blog Post: Perspectives Frame

    Building software involves a lot of communication. Behind this communication, lies perspectives. These perspectives often get lost somewhere between initial goals and final product, which can lead to failed software. I found that by using a simple Perspectives Frame, I improve my chances for success...
  • Blog Post: Scenario Frames for Guidance

    When I tackle a problem domain, I first frame out the space. To do this, I list out scenarios and sub-scenarios. I group the scenarios under categories. Sometimes categories come first, sometimes scenarios do. I call the result, a Scenario Frame. I use Scenario Frames to evaluate platform, tools,...
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