Software Design – Measure Twice and Cut Once

It takes very little time in the software business to see that implementation is king.  Software design and similar pursuits that lack a deliverable outside of documentation are pushed aside far too often.  One may look at the poor success rate of software projects and draw a connection.  In this post, I plan on doing exactly that.   Software is Complicated The first thing we must agree on is that software has gotten complicated.  There are all kinds of tools …

Upgrades vs Stability for Production Solutions

One of the pervasive properties of software is change.  Whether this change comes from regular enhancements or environmental updates, it is one that should be considered strategically for production software.  Thus, the balance of upgrades vs. stability needs to be considered as your solution ages. Easy Upgrades Modern software environments provide features that make upgrades easier than in the past.  A great example of this is WordPress and other “plugins supported” solutions.  The goal is to make administration of these …

Improving Quality through Testing as part of Implementation

I do not want to shock you, but software often has bugs.  We may call these “features” or “known issues,” but in the end they are bugs.  These defects are just part of being human and trying to craft large and complex solutions.  Sometimes we make mistakes.  The challenge with these errors is finding and eradicating them whenever possible.  Thus, improving quality.  That is where testing comes in. Not a Popular Focus It is hard to argue that QA and …