Process Improvement doesn’t happen by Magic

Background Agile and Scrum has many upsides over waterfall.  Focus on the backlog, customer involvement, ability to change, and team synergy are among the list of improvements that Agile brings to the table.  Unfortunately, Agile does have a few dark sides.  I mentioned the potential testing issues in a previous article, but there is another. […]

Brooks’ Law and Kanban

Fred Brooks wrote a seminal book titled “The Mythical Man Month” in the 1960s.  This book chronicled the challenges that IBM faced developing the operating system for their 360 family of computers.  In simple form, Brooks’ law is: “Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later” – Fred Brooks Many managers, frustrated by […]

A Model for Justifying Test Automation

DevOps and test automation are important elements of an effective software development organization.   Some organizations are having difficulty justifying the investment in test automation, particularly for legacy systems that were not automated from the beginning. This article describes some benefits and a financial model that has been used to justify investment in test automation.  I […]

DevOps: The Key to Lean Development!

It cannot be overstated how important efficient software development tools are in improving the effectiveness and predictability of  a development team.  Small inefficiencies multiplied over the size of the team and the duration of the project add up to a significant negative impact. Time spent compiling, building, and deploying software is pure waste.   Waiting hours or […]