Working with Coders (häftad)
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Working with Coders (häftad)

Working with Coders

A Guide to Software Development for the Perplexed Non-Techie

Häftad Engelska, 2017-07-05
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Get introduced to the fascinating world inhabited by the professional software developer. Aimed at a non-technical audience, this book aims to de-obfuscate the jargon, explain the various activities that coders undertake, and analyze the specific pressures, priorities, and preoccupations that developers are prone to. In each case it offers pragmatic advice on how to use this knowledge to make effective business decisions and work productively with software teams. Software projects are, all too often, utter nightmares for everyone involved. Depending on which study you read, between 60 and 90 percent of all software projects are completed late, run over budget, or deliver an inferior quality end product. This blight affects everyone from large organizations trying to roll out business change to tiny startups desperately trying to launch their MVP before the money runs out. While there has been much attention devoted to understanding these failings, leading to the development of entire management methodologies aimed at reducing the failure rate, such new processes have had, at best, limited success in delivering better results. Based on a decade spent exploring the world of software, Patrick Gleeson argues that the underlying reason for the high failure rate of software projects is that software development, being a deeply arcane and idiosyncratic process, tends to be thoroughly and disastrously misunderstood by managers and leaders. So long as the people tasked with making decisions about software projects are unaware of these idiosyncrasies and their ramifications, software projects will be delivered late, software products will be unfit for purpose, and relations between software developers and their non-technical colleagues will be strained. Even the most potent modern management tools are ineffective when wielded blindly. To anyone who employs, contracts, manages, or works with software developers, Working with Coders: A Guide to Software Development for the Perplexed Non-Techie delivers the understanding necessary to reduce friction and inefficiencies at the intersection between software development teams and their non-technical colleagues. What You'll Learn Discover why software projects are so commonly delivered late and with an abysmal end product Examine why the relationship between coders and their non-technical colleagues is often strained Understand how the software development process works and how to support it effectively Decipher and use the jargon of software development Keep a team of coders happy and improve the odds of successful software project delivery Who This Book Is For Anyone who employs, contracts, or manages software developers-such as tech startup CEOs, project managers, and clients of digital agencies-and wishes the relationship were easier and more productive. The secondary readership is software developers who want to find ways of working more effectively as part of a team.
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"The book is written in a manner that will assist those who need to collaborate with software developers and want to have ideas about various expectations. The work is written in a non-threatening fashion and illustrates the benefits of approaching software development as a cooperative venture between those who need and those who build the software. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Professionals and practitioners; general readers." (J. Beidler, Choice, Vol. 55 (7), March, 2018)

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Patrick Gleeson has been a coder and a manager of coders for the past 10 years. He has worked in a variety of organizations, from bespoke software consultancies to multinational corporations to tiny start-ups, and is currently CTO of Think Smart, a company that provides tools to help young people make better career choices. He holds a degree from the University of Cambridge in Philosophy and Classics, and another one from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in Technical Theatre. He also sidelines as a composer for film and theater, and once spent a year building animatronic puppets as part of a robot circus, including a mechanical octopus that played the xylophone.


Chapter 1. Introductions An explanation of the scope of the book, its target audience, and why there is a need for it. Who you are Who I am What this book is What this book is not Chapter 2. Why Programmers Don't Like Waterfalls A look at why traditional project management methods don't work very well for software projects, and an introduction to Agile methods as an alternative. The sad truth about software projects The imagination problem The estimation problem Man-months A brief introduction to agility Chapter 3. Why the Answer to All Your Problems Doesn't Answer All Your Problems< A look at why Agile project management methods often don't work very well for software projects either, and a series of suggestions as to how to resolve the problems discussed. Small sprints and big decisions Buy-in The two types of trust Embedded designers and the two-way conversation Chapter 4. What Do They Do All Day Anyway? An overview of the software development process and the significance of the various activities in which developers engage. Specs, scenarios, features, user stories Architecture, boilerplate, spikes Beautiful code Code reviews Deployment Chapter 5. The Big Green Check Mark An analysis of code quality and the various methods used to promote it, as well as its business ramifications. What does test-driven mean anyway? The circularity fallacy QA and the speed/quality trade-off Bugs vs technical debt Chapter 6. Taking the 'Arg!' out of Jargon A structured glossary of technical terms used by coders with reference to their significance in a business context. Code The Internet Hardware Process Chapter 7. So You Need to Hire an Engineer A guide to the process of recruiting software developers How to look for a coder How to interview a coder How to get a coder to say yes Chapter 8. Programmer Preoccupations A tour of some less understood aspects of the psychology of the coder The hype cycle Coder wars Best practice Status Chapter 9. Keeping Coders Happy Advice on being a line manager The Joel Test Legacy code: the common enemy Cross-training, conferences and CPD Chapter 10. When It All Goes Wrong Some suggestions for getting out of the less pleasant situations that can arise when building software. When your team hate each other When you're horribly behind schedule When your product just isn't very good