Technical Excellence: Why does it not stick even now?
by Antti Kirjavainen, Senior Consultant at Houston Inc. on Oct 17, 2013
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Technical excellence, meaning e.g. quality code, sound architecture, good test automation and coverage, continuous integration and continuous deployment, is the pre-requisite of sustainable software development. Sustainability of software development is essential for improving the Return On Investment and extending the life cycle of software products and services.
In my talk I will explain why the majority of organizations is still not making effective management decisions to ensure they get technical excellence.
I will argue that technical excellence is impossible to buy from a software vendor and impossible to enforce in contractual terms.
The other side to this subject is my second argument: the only way to ensure technical excellence is to have a skilled and motivated team that takes responsible of it, and giving that team the responsibility and means to ensure technical excellence
I will go over my personal experiences relating to management decisions regarding technical excellence and illustrate the thinking that is behind the ineffective decision-making related to technical excellence.
In conclusion, I will describe what kind of change of mindset is required for making effective management decisions regarding technical excellence.
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