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Winning With Agile

The Agile methodology has a lot of pros and cons.  In fact, it is one of the most common argument/discussions I have with a mentor of mine.  He likes to point out (correctly in most instances) that the Agile approach skips out on important design.  It causes a lot of re-work because of that lack of up-front design.  This re-work is only partially a problem.  The Agile method assumes that changes will come during the implementation of a project.  Instead of …

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 …