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Risk-Free Development

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Thumbnail image for 'Risk-Free Development' it’s just a jump to the left Risk is a funny thing. We let it influence so much of what we do and yet we barely understand what it is. For example, we might choose not to build a particular product, or add a new feature, because “it’s too high risk” (and yet we laud start-ups who did it anyway). We hold very long meetings to create plans and tracking systems and RAID logs to identify and notify risks and then we create mitigation acti...

The Creator Myth

14 minute read

Thumbnail image for 'The Creator Myth' the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best Probably the most important change to tech delivery, in the last five years or so, has been the rise of Product Management. As a discipline Product Management has been around since way before we had software products and services that needed managing, but I am talking here about the relatively recent named team on the org chart, often led by a Chief Prod...

Death By Customer

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Thumbnail image for 'Death By Customer' and so we pulled the developers’ teeth out to reduce snack time breaks On paper, at least, the world of software development has come a long way in the last 15 years. It’s gotten so that I can’t actually remember the sleepless nights worrying about quality of output, release deadlines or scope creep. Now that everything is a series of continuously flowing tiny adjustments, the only issues big enough to fret about are the commute to th...

Scaling With Agility

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Thumbnail image for 'Scaling With Agility' It’s fifteen years since the Manifesto for Agile Software Development was published. Since then it seems most large companies have made some attempt to make themselves more agile. Either by adding ‘agile’ as another methodology alongside waterfall in their process framework, or embarking on a Transformation Programme, involving plenty of highly-paid consultants who come with a certificate that says they can recite an agile process fr...

Is Agile Killing the Architect?

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Thumbnail image for 'Is Agile Killing the Architect?' is agile killing the architect? The formally recognised discipline of software architecture is 20 years old but it’s also a bit of a conundrum: opinions about the questionable value architects add to projects are strongly held and yet job vacancies for architects are as abundant as ever. So which is it? Is architecture in the enterprise misunderstood? or is it living on borrowed time? On 19th May, La Fosse Associates hosted an event ...