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Frankly, do you prefer Cowboy coding? [closed]

Most programmers defending methodologies politically correct like Agile, Waterfall, RUP, etc. Some of them follow the methodology but not all of them. Frankly, if you can choose the methodology, you ...
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Best Development Methodology for One Person?

I spend a lot of time working on projects in which I am the sole developer, project manager, designer, QT person (Yes, I know... Bad!), and sometimes I'm even the client. I've tried just about ...
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Graduate expectations versus reality [closed]

When choosing what we want to study, and do with our careers and lives, we all have some expectations of what it is going to be like. Now that I've been in the industry for almost a decade, I've been ...
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Is there a viable alternative to the agile development methodology?

The two predominant software-development methodologies are waterfall and agile. When discussing these two, there is often much focus on the particular practices that distinguish them (pair ...
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How to measure the potential value of refactoring

On an old, large project with technical debt how can you reliably estimate or measure the benefit of refactoring code? For example, say you have some components within a software stack solution ...
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Daily standups- yea or nay? [closed]

How valuable (or not) do you think daily stand-up meetings are? If you're not familiar with it, this refers to a daily meeting that is part of Scrum adherents (and some other agile methodologies). ...
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How to cope with different development styles (top-down vs. bottom-up) in a team?

Say you've just started working in a very small team on a {currently relatively small, though hopefully bigger later} project. Note that this is an actual project intended to be used by other ...
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Design in one team, coding in another

I will be involved in a project where all the software design is made by a local team and these designs are sent to an offshore team for coding. This is the first time I face a project with this ...
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Do I have the wrong idea about software engineering? [closed]

I have a question which has been raised by my latest job (rather intern). Just to put things into context - I'm 21 and I've finished my 2nd year of university before that I've had around 2 years of ...
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Is it possible to write software that doesn't need to be continually modified?

I have written a lot of software in many different languages, and I've also "written" hardware for use with FPGAs using Verilog and VHDL. I tend to enjoy writing hardware more than software, and I ...
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What do you deliver in the first couple of iterations in Agile?

As I understand, the idea with Agile methodologies is that you deliver something functional and you deliver it often. The application gets into its final shape increment after increment. But in the ...
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Do Scrum sprints mean to work at the fastest pace possible?

I recently interviewed with some companies that do Agile, Scrum to be more precise and there are some things that don't quite seem like Agile to me. I'll take one case that particularly interests me ...
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What is Developer Anarchy?

I've been reading about Developer (or Programmer) Anarchy, which seems to be billed as a post-Agile development methodology. I found a few resources on it (1, 2) but it doesn't seem to be a lot out ...
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Development methodologies when hundred of developers are working on one single solution?

We are an organisation consisting of around 200 developers that are working continuously on one single product (using the revision control Git) which is planned to be released at a certain date. Due ...
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Dev approaches to complex JavaScript UI's [closed]

I am trying to understand the landscape of different approaches, and best practices, around the development of complex client-side JavaScript. I'm not sure what to label this class of application, ...
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How to turn truth table into smallest possible if / else block

How can I take a truth table and turn it into a compacted if block? For instance, let's say I have this truth table where A and B are conditions and x, y and z are possible actions: A B | x y z -----...
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What is the minimum subset of best/well-known practices in software development for a solo programmer? [closed]

I've been the lonely programmer in my work for quite a long time. Usually I've read articles and posts about Version Control Systems Continuous Integration/Delivery Development methodologies: Scrum, ...
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How to manage and estimate unstructured requirements received from customers

A lot of the times during the bidding phase of a project I receive a software system's requirements from our potential customers in a very unstructured format from various sources [email, word ...
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Is cowboy programming a senior approach? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Frankly, do you prefer Cowboy coding? By cowboy programming, I mean a programmer just typing the code very fast without a semi-formal process. I have a programmer that ...
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Why aren't we all doing model driven development yet? [closed]

I am a true believer in Model Driven Development, I think it has the possibility to increase productivity, quality and predictability. When looking at MetaEdit the results are amazing. Mendix in the ...
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What technologies are used for Game development now days? [closed]

Whenever I ask a question about game development in an online forum I always get suggestions like learning line drawing algorithms, bit level image manipulation and video decompression etc. However ...
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Design and Development Methodologies for the single developer

At my work, typically the developers here all work separately, we may share projects but often only do so when another isn't working on it (for reference, we're a consulting company. So someone may ...
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Best way to break down overwhelming code into manageable chunks?

I'm continually becoming overwhelmed by large projects, once they reach a certain level of complexity. Once I reach a certain point in a project, my progress slows to a crawl and I find myself ...
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Does scrum have any merit in defense contracting?

Overheard at the watercooler yesterday: "Scrum has no place in defense contracting." I tend to disagree in the sense that I believe Scrum can be tailored to work in many scenarios and I can see ...
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How can I overcome a badly structured software development model?

I joined the company currently I am working on as a fresher. Due to the limited number of skilled people in GIS software development, and since I was among one of them I was directly recruited as a ...
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Which software development methodologies can be seen as foundations

I'm writing a small research paper which involves software development methodologiess. I was looking into all the available methodology's and I was wondering, from all methodologies, are there any ...
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Is it a good idea to do TDD on low level components?

I'm considering writing a low level driver or OS components/kernels. The osdev.org folks seem to think that the important bits are not meaningfully testable this way, but I have read some discussions ...
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What is a good example of a software development idea or technique that was a failure?

Specifically what are some examples of where ideas of the masses where just wrong. Why did people latch onto the ideas in the first place? And why were the ideas dismissed? Or perhaps the ideas are ...
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What is “train” based development?

I ran across yet another new term in development methodology, and I haven't been able to find a definition for it. Specifically, it's called "train based development." Here are some examples of ...
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How to gain personal practice at heavyweight development methodologies?

I'm in a new job where the project needs to meet strict quality standards, be heavily documented, managed in great detail, UML diagrams, and all those things that are opposite of "cowboy coding" where ...
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What are the monetary benefits of going agile? [closed]

Why go agile? This is the first question that comes to my mind when I think of going agile. What are the possible financial benefits one can achieve from going agile? Most of us certainly like to ...
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How to keep the trunk stable when tests take a long time?

We have three sets of test suites: A "small" suite, taking only a couple of hours to run A "medium" suite that takes multiple hours, usually ran every night (nightly) A "large" suite that takes a ...
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BDD: Getting started

I'm starting with BDD and this is my story: Feature: Months and days to days In order to see months and days as days As a date conversion fan I need a webpage where users can enter ...
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Is aspect-oriented programming a misnomer?

From everything I have learned about "Aspect-Oriented Programming" or "Aspect-Oriented Software Development," labeling it as a programming paradigm or methodology appears to be inaccurate. From what ...
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Is the Waterfall software development methodology still viable?

In my experience, it seems as though the Waterfall model has proven to be too inflexible and non-responsive to requirements changes to be considered a viable method in the modern world of software ...
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What do we mean by “design” in software engineering?

I have been reading about different software methodologies. Every method has a design phase to some extent, more or less. I am not clear on what we mean by designing. Does this mean writing your ...
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BDD/TDD vs JAD?

I've been proposing that my workplace implement Behavior-Driven-Development, by writing high-level specifications in a scenario format, and in such a way that one could imagine writing a test for it. ...
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What kinds of projects is SCRUM considered to be suitable for?

I have been using SCRUM in three different projects over the last four years. One of SCRUM's advantages seems to be its flexibility and adaptability, e.g. wrt to changing customer requirements. ...
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In test-driven development, are there good reasons not to write multiple failing tests and only then to make them pass?

Uncle Bob's three rules of test-driven development state the following: You are not allowed to write any production code unless it is to make a failing unit test pass. You are not allowed to ...
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Should we adopt an agile methodology when rewriting an existing application from scratch?

I work for a small product based company. We are about to re-write our existing product from scratch. We are planing to adopt Agile methodology for our development. Now my question is as we have all ...
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How much design happens in your implementation phase?

For those of you who work in big-design-up-front/waterfall groups: how much critical thinking and design is skipped in your design phase and left to your implementation phase? How complete and ...
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Less strict separation of design and implementation phases for our domain

I work for a company that has a very large government contract. As part of the realities of a government project, we are bound to process requirements that come down to us from the Department of ...
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Recommended methodology for working with shared libraries and Mercurial

I work in a small team of developers who all collaborate on several Zend PHP projects. We are using Mercurial with a collection of upstream repositories, as well as Jenkins for centralized testing ...
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Moving from a traditional waterfall methodology to an agile one [duplicate]

My development team is in the process of 'going agile' and lot of people are looking at each other blankly, not really too sure what it means. All management are saying is 'start working agile' ...
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Split skilled Scrum team

A Scrum team has been forced together and is feeling very uncomfortable. They are constantly saying that it is not working for them and that they are fed up with hearing the words Agile and Scrum. ...
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Nurturing creativity

What is the best development methodology for nurturing personal creativity? Why do you think it's better than others? The methodologies can be agile, traditional or whatever.
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What Software Development Life-Cycle (SDLC) methodology or methodologies are used by Google?

Does anyone know or have information about which Software Development Life Cycle methodologies are used by Google?
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Development methodology for single web developer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Design and Development Methodologies for the single developer I'm a web developer who mostly works with the LAMP stack when it comes to my own projects. Most of the time I ...
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What is the purpose of the stand-up and its duration in agile methodologies? [closed]

I used to work in a waterfall methodology and now I am in a team that is following an agile methodology. It seems they are doing it wrong. For example, we have stand-ups that last 25+ minutes daily, ...
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Why is Feature Driven Development considered an Agile methodology?

In several places Feature Driven Development (FDD) is called an Agile methodogoly - e.g. the Wikipedia entry on FDD. Yet in general, to be considered FDD it seems the following requirements have to ...