I've been working with some colleagues in my team on something we're calling the Development Foundation Assessment, or DFA.
The DFA is a short test that takes about 10 minutes or so and aims to assess your 'basic health' as a software development team or organisation. The idea is to target the parts of your process that are missing and that could have the greatest impact on your delivery capability. We wanted the test to satisfy a number of criteria that we mandated:
We're just putting the finishing touches to our first set of questions and I've been building a WPF client to help us administer the tests. In fact, yesterday I was lucky enough to spend some time on a Microsoft Surface device and create an interactive version of the assessment - we put together a short video explaining the concept, check it out:
In a future post I hope to talk about some of my learnings in building for Microsoft Surface and how I achieved a huge amount of code-share between the Surface and Desktop versions. Also, I think this might be the first Prism app on Surface and it will be fun to discuss why.
Alternatively, if you're an existing ADC customer and you'd like to have a shot at the pilot assessment, mention it to your ADC. If you're not an ADC customer and wish you were - find out more about the service here and/or drop me a line.
Originally posted by Josh Twist on 18th March 2009 here.