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"Computer science is no more about computers than astronomy is about telescopes" -Edsger W. Dijkstra

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  • Blog Post: Blog change

    I will post further reflections on business value with software development and on the reflective practice of "architecture" on the following address: http://softwarevalue.blogspot.mx/
  • Blog Post: Inspiration for test-driven design?

    What could possibly inspire someone to take test-driven design (TDD) more seriously? I can only tell about what kind of experience has inspired me: (1) the act of watching someone doing TDD with dexterity. (2) Observing the quality of the outcome in relation with its requirements and specifications....
  • Blog Post: Egoless architecture

    What is architecture? Which could be the shared properties among diverse schools of thought and practice of architecture? Complexity management is possibly a common property among these kinds of design disciplines. Such complexity is present in many respects; some are of essential complexity, some of...
  • Blog Post: Empirically controlled?

    The creation of software-based business solutions, also known as application development, could benefit a lot from specific kinds of development processes; in particular those controlled empirically, like those with an iterative and incremental kernel inside, like Adaptive, Crystal Clear, DSDM, Scrum...
  • Blog Post: Further steps in theoretical groundwork for software development

    Time ago I posted about the obsolescence of some theories for project management ( The underlying Theory of Project Management is Obsolete ) and, hence, about the need for better theories not just for management. In my journey as a software professional, to the extent that I was becoming aware of how...
  • Blog Post: Measure of trust

    Building trust is precisely what I look for when I think about adaptive development in general. We, as creators and as consumers of software, need better levels of trust at many levels. The directors of the European Space Agency surely wanted a better level of trust in their software after the Ariane...
  • Blog Post: Dark Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Take 2

    In addition to this : Do you think that instead of "We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it." people tend to adopt "We are uncovering the only ways of developing software teaching others."? Yes, I have often seen a kind of indoctrination into the...
  • Blog Post: Dark Manifesto for Agile Software Development

    For those interested in answer a survey or questionnaire by Giancarlo Succi and Andrea Janes: http://darkagilemanifesto.org Let me also post here my comments for further discussion: Part 1 Do you think that instead of "We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping...
  • Blog Post: Is all of software engineering dead?

    The subject matter of « software engineering » has been of enormous interest to me since youth. As usual for novel things, in the beginning it represented the most advanced form of professional thinking and behavior in software. The reason for that belief was not that I knew enough of it...
  • Blog Post: Watts S. Humphrey

    Watts S. Humphrey , founder of the Software Process Program at the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and recipient of the National Medal of Technology, has passed away Thursday, Oct 28, 2010 . He wrote extensively about software process management, as attested in his writings ....
  • Blog Post: What does it mean to get an Agile certification?

    I have heard through many years that a certification-based curriculum is very, very important for those who want to be considered competent. I have tried hard to understand this perspective. I have been told the importance resides in the fact that business decision-makers can’t tell for themselves...
  • Blog Post: Software development process is about flow

    Taylorism* still has strong mental roots in the endings of post-industrial era; hence, many still try to reason about the creation process of software-based business solutions in terms of an old-manufacturing mindset: trying to characterize analysis, design, testing as discrete units for some kind of...
  • Blog Post: Debate is welcome in adaptive thinking

    A normal and healthy situation in a team of peers is open communication. This is precisely what is expected in an agile team: The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is face-to-face conversation. Principles behind the Agile Manifesto ...
  • Blog Post: The Zen of Architecture

    Browsing the Internet is like going alone outside, like walking on the streets of cosmopolitan urban centers of today. Where you can find very good things to your own good or disturbing events can find your way. This post is open to the world of Internet; hence, the target audience is as wider as...
  • Blog Post: Working on software theory

    Finally, there is work on software theory on the hands of programmers (most of them), it is the Software Engineering Method and Theory (SEMAT) initiative . There is a meaning for the word ‘theory’ as in “In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice, there is”. But...
  • Blog Post: What is agile development?

    How do you know if all this about Agile is not a scam? How do you know if all of it is about a whimsical fashion? Are there not enough cases of sophistry in History by which people have been fooled to put their resources in the hands of swindlers? (Sophistry is briefly discussed in this material from...
  • Blog Post: Human-oriented software design is error-oriented

    Alternate title: Cognitive dissonance in software design. How to know if a design process is help or hindrance for good decision making? As the design activity consists of a myriad of decisions, all the way from idea to released bits and back, the whole quality of the outcome is the sum quality...
  • Blog Post: My Technical Readiness

    The category of this post is Personal and is all about Technical Readiness, my own one. Analysis, synthesis (design), communication, specification, abstraction, logic, assumptions, generalization/specialization, objects, properties, behaviors, classification, and more...are all required skills for...
  • Blog Post: Product owner

    Writing software for my own—or my kids—use and delight is almost always a fun and successful endeavor, if expectations are not well managed, I throw it away, no problem. Likewise, when programmers write software for their own use, there are more chances the software can be steered gracefully to a useful...
  • Blog Post: SQA — Are you–really–making sure that quality is present?

    What is the idea behind SQA? If SQA stands for “Software Quality Assurance”, then I hardly find a project team member not under that cap —in a team with agile principles, values and practices, that is. If SQA stands for “testing” (validation and verification testing, for functional/integration...
  • Blog Post: Agile and lean fads are the new excuses for brittle software

    Now that many are looking for ways to cut costs and maximize the benefits out of their shrunk budget, there is no shortage of offers about how to do just that. Among those offers are the agile and lean software development methods, which are quickly becoming the norm rather than the exception in the...
  • Blog Post: A way to specify behavior

    The modern name for an ancient programming technique —which roots can be traced back to Dr. E.W. Dijkstra*— was “test-first programming” and didn’t preclude, in any sense, the need of validation and verification testing, done by an independent group of people with a different mindset and goals (whereas...
  • Blog Post: Adaptive Methods for reality

    The attitude of mind to approach reality that has helped humans to explain and to predict phenomena (observed facts) consistently and precisely, the scientific mindset, is one among those things computer professionals could adopt to better understand software development fundamentals. There are two somehow...
  • Blog Post: Most of people around are not doing eXtreme Programming, should I try it?

    If billions of people believe something, does that alone make it a justified true belief ? Please, try for yourself eXtreme Programming techniques or whichever else design technique you found, and bring your findings and insights for discussion . Also please, disregard the frequent plea for “ the...
  • Blog Post: Paving the history of our trade

    Which could possibly be the most common mistake on the history of the adoption of iterative and incremental development? Craig Larman proposes an answer to such a question in his book Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide : “ Sure, we don't apply the waterfall—everyone knows it doesn...
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