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The Software Process and Measurement Cast 373 features our essay #NotImplementedNoValue. The twelve principles that underpin the Agile Manifesto include several that link the concept of value to the delivery of working software. The focus on working software stems from one of the four values, “Working software over comprehensive documentation,” which is a reaction to projects and programs that seem to value reports and PowerPoint presentations more than putting software in the hands of users. For a typical IT organization that develops, enhances and maintains the software that the broader organization uses to do their ultimate business; value is only delivered when software can be used in production.
We visit Gene Hughson’s Form Follows Function Blog! Gene suggests that while most models have value, some models are can lead to poor decisions. The punchline for the discussion is “Simple is good, but not when it’s too good to be true” Gene builds the case that we need to be cognizant of our biases when using and building models.
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Re-Read Saturday News
We began the re-read of How to Measure Anything, Finding the Value of “Intangibles in Business” Third Edition by Douglas W. Hubbard on the Software Process and Measurement Blog. Chapter one lays out Hubbard’s philosophy and approach to measurement. What do you think is intangible or unmeasurable?
Details on 2016 Conferences that include QAI Quest and ISMA12 to name a few in a few weeks.
The next Software Process and Measurement Cast will feature our interview with Gerald M. Weinberg. Jerry and I discussed quality. With over 42 books to his name (fiction and non-fiction), Jerry is a leader amongst leaders in the software engineering industry.
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