Posts Tagged ‘developer’

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Don’t Rewrite the UML

May 25, 2010

In software development there are best practices there are also worst practices. When bad practices become a common pattern of behavior they can attain “anti-pattern” status. In this article, I’d like to introduce you to the “I Did It My Way” © anti-pattern. Read about it at DevX.com. If you are interested in additional articles, you can find more at http://www.projectpragmatics.com/.

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Are We Agile Yet? Are We Agile Yet?

January 18, 2010

That question is not nearly as irritating as “Are we there yet?” being chanted ceaselessly from the backseat on a long summer road trip.  But I have heard it asked in many development shops who are trying to “become agile”.  The question is somewhat puzzling.  What is the real intent of their question?  Are they looking for a blessing “Yea, thou art agile.  Now go forth and Scrum.”?  Is “agile” a badge they are looking to wear?  If so, they are missing the point.  They need to ask a better question.

 Agile is more about the journey than a specific destination.  You should maintain awareness of how well the journey is going instead of how long you’ve been traveling.  How can we explain this, in a simple manner … Read More

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Rarely Mentioned Architect Skills – Do You Have Them?

January 12, 2010

The development community spends so much time debating ceaseless questions such as “What is architecture?” and “What is the difference between this and that type of architect?” We should look behind the labels.  Looking at the type of skills an architect has or needs may give real insight as to what type of architect he/she is. 

Take a look at Peter Cripps’ blog on the Attributes of an IT Architect.  Peter lists a number of non-technical skills that are rarely ever mentioned as skills an architect needs.  My particular favorite is #5 Apply Processes Pragmatically

Aside from Peter’s list and the long list of hard technical skills that could be mentioned, what other skills have you found are critical in the role of an Architect? 

–Bob Maksimchuk (www.ProjectPragmatics.com )