Getting Started With a Solution Architecture

One of the first questions asked as I start or join a software project is what I think about the solution architecture. This question may either be an attempt to have the current architecture assessed or a first step in building the application. The answer can often be frustrating to the listener as it always begins with a question. Furthermore, there are questions that follow that first one. That does not mean there is no “template” for architecting a solution. …

Exploring Your Tool and Application Options

In the last few years, I have often found myself researching application options and tools a customer is interested in.  This usually starts with a suggested tool or two that they like (or have a few specific dislikes).  Then I am asked to see what is available that is similar but better.  The fruits of those little projects are a good start for this article and will likely surprise you. A Target-Rich Environment The first thing that jumps out at me …

Back To Basics – Getting A Project Back On Track

When you listen to a professional or college sports team discuss a bad stretch, they often mention that they will get back to basics.  These statements are not a knock on the players.  They understand the basics.  It is instead a focus on doing the things that have to be done.  It is a return to their foundation so they can simplify and then work on building again.  This approach happens to work well for software projects as well. Spinning Out …