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Keep it simple

Life of a software engineer was rather simple, unusually simple with adoption of agile approaches; or so it seemed. Clouds seem to be coming back, and turbulence is back in the air

I have always looked at any change with simplicity as a yardstick, and that has helped all through. Any new change must be simple, because my business is delivering solution to my customer on time and budget; not learning technology, tools, standards or best practices, though they are of value as enablers. Indeed, enablers must be simple

Technology, tools, process, standards and best practices that you adopt must be simple to understand, adopt and use. If not, you have a problem in hand, for now and for ever. That is because software is developed by the team, not just an individual, and that team is bound to change over time. If what you are adopting is complex, you would need to get your team up to speed now and every time a new member comes in. Again, technology, tools, process, standards and best practices are bound to evolve. Tracking these, and ensuring that entire team is in sync, is a greater challenge. My experience is that these are not complex, in itself. Issue is made complex, by a myopic vision or dogmatic mindset.

My advice is: Keep it simple, always. Life is simple. Let us not make it complex


August 10, 2009 - Posted by | Agile, Rational Unified Process, software engineering, Uncategorized, Unified Process

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