July 8, 2014

The Architect

An architect, like a traditional building architect, is the designer of the system. There are different types of architect that specialise in different parts of the system, but essentially they all do the same thing, which is create a design and the necessary artefacts that allow others to understand the design to ensure the solution…

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July 5, 2014

The Manager

Every financial organisation has managers. There are some Agile purists who suggest that managers are no longer required in an Agile led methodology, there is no mention of the manager role in Scrum, but managers exist everywhere. This page is all about the manager role in financial organisations and how you might become one.  …

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July 4, 2014

The Developer

What does the developer do? The developer is the person who codes (builds) the software from the lowest level components. The term developer has been expanded to also mean tester and deployment manager as these skills often require coding expertise as well. For this discussion we will use the term developer to mean anyone who…

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July 3, 2014

Decision making

There are numerous books and advice on the ability to make decisions. At the end of this page I have listed some good books on personal development which I have used and recommend. Getting a city boy salary naturally requires you to be an authority on your subject and therefore other people will look to…

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July 2, 2014

The Product Owner

The Product Owner’s role is defined as part of the Scrum methodology. It is one of the three roles defined in Scrum. The Product Owner is responsible for what features are in the product, what order the features get developed and it is the Product Owner’s responsibility to accept or reject the feature based on…

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June 28, 2014

The Scrum Master

The Scrum Master The role of Scrum Master is perhaps the easiest to explain even though it can be hard to do. A Scrum Master’s responsibility is simply to ensure that the Scrum Process is followed by the team and that the people external to the team give the team the space required for them…

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June 10, 2014

Scrum – An overview

Scrum – An Overview Scrum is an implementation of a development process based upon the concepts in the Agile manifesto and the Agile principles. Scrum’s purpose is to provide a framework within which it is possible to plan, design, build and deploy complex working software that is fit for purpose, in priority order first. The…

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June 5, 2014

Refactoring

Refactoring is a natural part of good development. Refactoring lends itself well to the Agile iterative approach to development. The term ‘refactoring’ is used to mean changing code to either clean it up so that it is easier to work with and adhere to best practices or to change in order to make new functionality…

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June 2, 2014

Behaviour Driven Development (BDD)

Behaviour Driven Development (BDD) is a way of working which fits naturally into Agile. When a story is created and added to the backlog it should have some sort of acceptance criteria attached to it. These acceptance criteria have to be met in order for the story to be considered complete. In order to test these…

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May 28, 2014

Coding Standards

In the business of software creation the code is the building blocks of the product. If the code is a mess, hard to read and difficult to maintain, the product is hard to support, costly to adapt and its life span is shorter which in turns increases the total cost of ownership. It also makes…

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