Building a Code Review Culture

I was recently in a conversation about software development and asked about my thoughts on doing a code review. The assumption was that a code review is a good thing. However, there was a question as to how they can be done properly. It may sound like a cliche, but that is an excellent question. There are billions of lines of code written each year, from scripts to full-featured languages. We need to be aware of how to write and …

Coding While Impaired – A Reason For Project Failure Rates

Every so often you will come across a comparison of drunk driving to trying the same action while sleep deprived.  This usually is surprising to spectators when the lack of sleep is shown to be as bad as consuming a lot of alcohol.  Although developers tend to be comfortable drinking and drinking alcohol, they are far more known for long hours and lack of sleep.  Maybe this correlation can also be extended to the larger than average project failure rates. The Caffeine Culture …

Making the Most of The Implementation Phase

The amount of time spent on each step of the software development life cycle varies from project to project.  However, the implementation phase is always the most significant portion.  That means this is the area where projects can fail or succeed.  We can ace all of the other steps in the life cycle, and a mediocre implementation will wipe out all that good work. Balance The Effort In my experience, the most impact during implementation is to try for a …