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Working with Developers


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Working with Developers

  1. 1. Paul    Walk @paulwalk Working with developers 1
  2. 2. what’s in a name? 2
  3. 3. things  you   need  to  know 3
  4. 4.­‐the-­‐paleo-­‐movement-­‐is-­‐like-­‐herding-­‐cats.html 4
  5. 5. learn some of the jargon 5
  6. 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. 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. 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. 9. development   paradigms 9
  10. 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
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  12. 12. communications - documenting & modelling 12
  13. 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. 13
  14. 14. “rough consensus, running code” Internet Engineering Task Force 14
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  17. 17. Scrum 17
  18. 18. local   development   in  a  recession 18
  19. 19. innovation  happens  in  a  local   context local  developers  empower   the  organisation  to  innovate 19
  20. 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. 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. 22. developers   are  people 22
  23. 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. 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. 25. Paul    Walk @paulwalk thank you! 25