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

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    Product owner

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    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...
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    My Technical Readiness

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    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...
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    Human-oriented software design is error-oriented

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    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...
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    The practical disproportion

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    Some individual or a small group of them have an idea or a system of ideas that look promising out of which come outstanding outcomes. Later, those very same ideas are adopted into the mainstream but a much lesser level of greatness comes out. I have...
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    Faculties offer courses and lectures freely

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    The University of Washington, the Computer Science & Engineering department —as other faculties like MIT and Stanford with programs like MIT OpenCourseWare and Stanford Engineering Everywhere — offers videos recordings of selected lectures and course...
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    Egoless architecture

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    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;...
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    Dark Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Take 2

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    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,...
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    Measure of trust

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    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...
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    Architecture and empowerment

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    How bad could organizational hierarchies be for the advance of professionalism in the business of software creation? In particular, command and control organizational hierarchies derived from misinterpretations of the concept of ‘governance’...
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    Further steps in theoretical groundwork for software development

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    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...
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    Empirically controlled?

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    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...
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    Reflective developer

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    ...or why I see no authority in traditional certification exams? I have followed authority and I am aware of the value of doing that, so much so that today I still look forward to follow authority. A serious problem is precisely that there is no grounds...
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    Blog change

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    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/
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    Being wrong

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    I attended a wonderful talk about me: being wrong . That is, the talk was about a persistent trait of we humans.
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    Sugar-free C# – Part 1: Introduction

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    There is the notion of breadth developer, which encompasses the attitudes of the practical mindset: How can I do such and such task in a straightforward way? For example, I need to analyze a set of VB6 legacy applications and enlist all stored procedures...
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    Sugar-free C# – Part 2: Iterators 1

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    Task: as a breadth developer, I need to analyze a set of VB6 legacy applications and enlist all stored procedures invoked per subroutine per application. Is this a task for a breadth developer? Let’s consider this criterion: if the number of...
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    Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition

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    Latest Microsoft Application Architecture Guide is available from the following hyperlink: Microsoft Application Architecture Guide, 2nd Edition This is a good resource to consider when thinking about the design of concurrent and distributed software...
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    Creative thinkers and science

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    Creative thinkers and great designers often share a scientific view of life. Scientific thinking has propelled technological inventions. Technology repeatedly has been of great help for mankind; software technology is key, as Bjarne Stroupstrup has said...
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    The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist

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    I have waited some years for this work to be published, it is out there now: The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist by Frederick P. Brooks Jr. An agile practitioner could find this useful because (1) one basic insight in the history...
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    The Zen of Architecture

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    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;...
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    Good intention alone

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    Often I hear phrases or calls, on the part of people in a hierarchical position in an organization, such as the following examples. I listen to them either directly or endorsed by such persons: "By questioning we are open to critical positions that...
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    What does it mean to get an Agile certification?

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    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...
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    Watts S. Humphrey

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    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...
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