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  • 1. Paul    Walk paul@paulwalk.net @paulwalk http://www.paulwalk.net Working with developers 1
  • 2. what’s in a name? 2
  • 3. things  you   need  to  know 3
  • 4. http://freetheanimal.com/2013/01/corralling-­‐the-­‐paleo-­‐movement-­‐is-­‐like-­‐herding-­‐cats.html 4
  • 5. learn some of the jargon 5
  • 6. get good at estimating • this  is  often  not  done  very  well,  because • it’s  hard • they’re  too  close  to  make  an  objective  estimation • you  need  to  either  be  or  to  make  friends  with  an   experienced  project  manager 6
  • 7. understand what ‘the cloud’ means • where  your  infrastructure  is  outsourced • pros • no  need  for  local  low-­‐level  systems-­‐support(i.e.  hardware,  operating  system) • may  still  need  to  conDigure  and  maintain  the  particular  system,  even  if  it  is   running  in  the  cloud • elastic  ‘hardware’  provision  -­‐  more  Dlexible/responsive  to  rapidly  changing   requirements  -­‐  easier  to  budget  for • cons • not  necessarily  cheaper  (contrary  to  popular  opinion) • some  loss  of  control  &  data  privacy/jurisdictional  issues 7
  • 8. understand what Software as a Service means • where  your  system  or  service  is  outsourced • pros • all  the  advantages  of  using  cloud  infrastructure,  plus: • reduced  or  no  requirement  to  maintain/conDigure  the  SaaS  system • potential  for  continuous  improvement  -­‐  “perpetual  beta” • cons • reduction  in  control,  especially  ability  to  customise  to  local  requirements • the  ability  to  innovate  locally  is  impacted.  The  provision  of  good  APIs  by  the   remote  service  may  mitigate  this. • the  con  that  might  actually  be  a  pro • good  APIs  offer  a  good  opportunity  for  local  innovation  -­‐  better  than   locally  customising  third-­‐party  software   8
  • 9. development   paradigms 9
  • 10. engineering • software  development  is  called  many  things:  we  talk  about  ‘writing’  software,   software  ‘engineering’,  software  as  a  ‘craft’,  as  an  ‘art’.... • “The  last  time  people  constructed  a  vocabulary  for  software  development  was  in   the  late  1960s,  when  they  coined  the  phrase  software  engineering,  as  both  a  wish   and  a  direction  for  the  future.” Agile  Software  Development,  Alistair  Cockburn,  2000 10
  • 11. http://www.Elickr.com/photos/tonymangan/349034093/sizes/l/in/photostream/ 11
  • 12. communications - documenting & modelling http://www.agilemodeling.com/essays/communication.htm 12
  • 13. Manifesto for Agile Software Development We  are  uncovering  better  ways  of  developing software  by  doing  it  and  helping  others  do  it. Through  this  work  we  have  come  to  value: Individuals  and  interactions  over  processes  and  tools Working  software  over  comprehensive  documentation Customer  collaboration  over  contract  negotiation Responding  to  change  over  following  a  plan That  is,  while  there  is  value  in  the  items  on the  right,  we  value  the  items  on  the  left  more. http://agilemanifesto.org 13
  • 14. “rough consensus, running code” Internet Engineering Task Force http://www.ietf.org/tao.html 14
  • 15. http://farm6.staticElickr.com/5310/5616474374_ea5007a5a9_o_d.png http://www.Elickr.com/photos/improveit/1684378416/sizes/o/in/photostream/ 15
  • 16. 16
  • 17. Scrum 17
  • 18. local   development   in  a  recession 18
  • 19. innovation  happens  in  a  local   context local  developers  empower   the  organisation  to  innovate 19
  • 20. the value of the local developer • can  understand  local  conditions  better  than  an  external  supplier • is  more  accessible  -­‐  especially  when  adopting  agile  development  techniques • through  web  APIs,  can  tailor  remote  services  to  idiosyncratic  local  needs  -­‐  can   make  cheap  services  into  good  services • can  engage  the  technical  people  in  an  external  supplier  -­‐  not  just  the  pre-­‐sales   people! • can  engage  with  and  exploit  available  open  source  developments 20
  • 21. use the local talent! • Student  as  Producer  at  Lincoln   University • sourced  developer  effort  and  skills   from  the  student  cohort • “demonstrated  to  us  that  students  can   have  the  requisite  skills,  enthusiasm   and  experience  to  enable  us  to  innovate   rapidly” 21
  • 22. developers   are  people 22
  • 23. "If  the  UK's  creative  businesses  want  to  thrive   in  the  digital  future,  you  need  people  who   understand  all  facets  of  it  integrated  from  the   very  beginning.  Take  a  lead  from  the   Victorians  [...]:  bring  engineers  into  your   company  at  all  levels,  including  the  top." Eric  Schmidt,  Chairman  of  Google 23
  • 24. the case of the missing career path.... 24 Higher Education Institution } } }? Undergraduate Postgrad researcher/developer Employed developer 1 2 3 4 Academic Manager 5 Spontaneous technical innovation does happens here Strategic leadership for technical innovation could happen here ? Spontaneous technical could happen here 24
  • 25. Paul    Walk paul@paulwalk.net @paulwalk http://www.paulwalk.net thank you! 25