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Is there a name for when a sales team irresponsibly promises non-existent features? [closed]

It's a common issue to see a company's sales team promise new features in order to close a sale. Many times these new features are still in development or are still being designed. Sometimes features ...
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Why is new product development always rushed? [closed]

If you are working on something new you have less than the required time to do it, and sometimes you are expected to work late, weekends etc (even when you are waiting on people who are not working ...
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How to maintain a steady pace at development? [duplicate]

This is something that happens to almost every project I am involved in as a developer. At first when I am presented with the problem I am very motivated to find a solution for it. And I develop on a ...
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Where to put details about the acceptance criteria of a user story?

In this blog post about acceptance criteria the author explains that good acceptance criteria should: State an intent not a solution (e.g. “The user can choose an account” rather than “The user can ...
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What is a good analogy to explain how software development is different than building a bridge? [duplicate]

If you had a manager, a couple of levels above you, tell you that building software is like building a bridge, how would you respond to that? If this manager truly believes that we should be able to ...
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Manufacturing vs Software Development [closed]

It's often said that the software industry is immature compared to manufacturing. Specifically with regard to being process driven. Question: Can we as developers learn from the processes of the ...
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Approach of delivering “Logging API”

I faced a question in a .NET interview. As a client i need a LoggingAPI. How you go the approach of design and development and delivering Logging API to the client? I don't care about WPF or a ...
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Requirement gathering in an agile methodology

In the great book User Stories Applied the author specified the following process for trawling requirements in the form of user stories: Create user roles (personas) --> brainstorm user goals for ...
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Does a developer really have to know build tools, classpath etc? [duplicate]

When IDEs like eclipse can handle all the maven, ant, classpath etc related tasks, does a developer really need to learn all these things ? If yes, then why ?
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How to effectively put code live

What are the general strategies to employ when attempting to ensure that a module of code will function correctly on the live system? A common problem we have at our software house is that we ...
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How to start a development project when there are too many potential stakeholders

I've just taken on a new job at a college as (the sole) Web application developer. The college has a number of disparate but all pretty badly coded legacy systems. Mostly built in PHP they deal with ...
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Justifying deficiencies in design

I would like some input on how to handle clients and third party vendors that ask me about the deficiencies in my design. For example. It turns out I need a data field in a webservices response. This ...
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How can I become a good project manager? [closed]

I work in mobile development. I've just been promoted to a project manager. The problem is that I just have 4 months of experience in development. This was my first job and I didn't even finished ...
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Maintenance model for external artifacts

When we think about maintaining a software solution holistically, we have to think about things like non-code change control and configuration management, in addition to the actual source code. For ...
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Converting Business Process Maps into Software

I am fairly new to web application development. I have defined my problem domain through talking to various stakeholders and putting a process map together - basically a flow chart showing the ...
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Strategies for using a code metric evaluation tool

Should code quality metric evaluation tools like Sonar be integrated with IDE for running local analysis or should they be a part of the build process (like integrated with maven) for continuous ...
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What sort of questions drive the decision as to whether similar code is separate or common?

I have come across the following problem many times in various guises in my programming career. As a simple example, consider the following: Let's say there is a method (B) that could differ ...
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What are general best practices for plugin/extension development? [closed]

I need to correlate requirements for a plugin/extension of an application with development best practices. I thought there might be best practice advice that applies to plugins and extensions ...
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System evolution approach: gradual or cataclysmic?

When working on established systems, I've often found ways to improve a user interface to maximize user efficiency (example: legacy app maintenance screen doesn't allow multi-line operations where ...
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Should developers be worried about automation that make them redundant eventually? [closed]

Should developers be worried about possible automation happening in their projects that might make them redundant ? I never particularly worried about this myself but I have seen many developers ...
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What is Development Environment? e.g. Vagrant [closed]

By luck i landed on this website http://www.vagrantup.com/ It is says, that software is for development environment. My question is what exactly definition for development environment (in this case ...
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Anybody use the Team Software Process (TSP) and/or Personal Software Process (PSP)? [closed]

More info on it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Team_Software_Process What has your experience been?
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How to deal with too much pragmatism in the project?

My team and I took over a medium sized codebase over a year ago when the previous tech lead left the company. Originating from the lack of man power I fear we favored pragmatic solutions over best ...
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Expanding existing DVCS Wiki [closed]

A portion of my job is to maintain technical documentation for a rapidly expanding manufacturing company. Because it is only a portion of my job and the company's product line is expanding so ...
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Is it worth developing custom shopping cart? [closed]

We have handsome library of cakephp modules at my workplace, and we develop custom websites at good pace until the shopping cart comes our way to slow down the process. I have used various (Magento, ...
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Is BDD scalable for medium to large projects?

In every Website you read about BDD (Behaviour Driven Development) you find a very simple nice example showing you how obvious and easy is it to define your requirements. But trying to implement this ...
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Combining KanBan in a SCRUM process

Does anybody have an experience in combining KanBan in SCRUM, could this work, would this make sence or would it be an overdesign?
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Setting up a development standardization guide for in-house/vendor programmers

I was recently hired by a large multi-national corporation to head up mobile development for their sales operation/support team. In a company of close to 10,000 people I am, at least in the America's, ...
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How to convince my teammates to follow some basic rules

I have a problem with my teammates. Long story short: We are three students working at a project for a competition. The project consists of 2 separate applications: one for Windows (that I develop) ...
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Proper Git setup between designers and developers?

Basically we now have 2 developers for an iOS project, 2 developers for an Android project and 1 designer doing designs for both projects. Right now, the way we exchange designs and images is through ...
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At what stage of a project should documentation be done?

I was assigned to fix some issues in a PHP project. Later on, I was asked to implement some new features, which I did. The project neither uses any framework nor does it use OOP. It lacks a proper ...
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Is there an established software taxonomy that's based on the type of software?

I'm researching engineering approaches to software development based on the type of software, for example: Custom one-off software (e.g. space shuttle software) Whitebox application requiring ...
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Best arguments for/against introducing ORM technology into a companies dev process [closed]

I have started using ORM technology in the last few years. My first exposure was NHibernate. I then moved onto Linq 2 Sql, and Entity Framework. The issue I have however is, there are some ...
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Formal term to web-ify a piece of existing software or program or a module? [closed]

There is a software we run as a windows service. Its currently not designed to take a huge load. So we kind of need this service to be hosted over http so that multiple clients can make use of it. Its ...
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When should I make the first commit to source control?

I'm never sure when a project is far enough along to first commit to source control. I tend to put off committing until the project is 'framework-complete,' and I primarily commit features from then ...
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Learning by doing (and programming by trial and error)

How do you learn a new platform/toolkit while producing working code and keeping your codebase clean? When I know what I can do with the underlying platform and toolkit, I usually do this: I create ...
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should you always enter a bug in a bug tracking system [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should developers enter bugs into the bug tracking system? Should I log trivial fixes? For a project I'll be doing in school soon I will be working with 6 other ...
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Developing with confidence without a real development environment

I've recently been hired for a project that involves working with and around several third-party "enterprise" systems. Due to what I imagine would be the astronomical cost and effort required to build ...
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Which class to start TDD of card game application? What's the next 5-7 tests?

I have started to write card game applications. Some model classes: CardSuit, CardValue, Card Deck, IDeckCreator, RegularDeckCreator, DoubleDeckCreator Board Hand and some game classes: Turn, ...
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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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How should I organize bugs in redmine?

I'm helping to reogranize several redmine projects; although I have a lot of experience with issue tracking systems, I've never worked with redmine before. What is the best way to organize Issues in ...
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Is Agile a variant of RAD?

Wikipedia says that Agile is a type of "RAD" which I guess is incorrect. From what I know, Agile was developed becasue RAD itself was not that sucessfull in 90'S (too rigid for changes). Or am I ...
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Are there any good, open-source change request systems? [closed]

I have a need to make a somewhat custom change request system (very high auditing requirements). Instead of completely reinventing the wheel I was wondering if there's an open-source change request ...
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Looking for the better way to combine deep architecture refactoring with feature based development

Problem statement: Given: TFS as Source Control Heavy desktop client application with tons of legacy code with bad or almost absent architecture design. Clients constantly requiring new features ...
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How to plan/manage multi-platform (mobile) products?

Say I've to develop an app that runs on iOS, Android and Windows 8 Mobile. Now all three platforms are technically in different program languages. The only 'reuse' that I can see is that of the ...
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Can a designer start an open source project? [closed]

I appreciate you can't start an open source project with just an idea but would just a design be enough? Has anyone ever seen that done where a designer posts a design and developers join to start the ...
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How do you take into account usability and user requirements for your application?

Our team supports BackOffice application: a mix of WinForm and WPF windows. (about 80 including dialogs). Really a kind of a Swiss Army Knife. It is used by developers, tech writers, security ...
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How to identify a software development framework? [closed]

Based on what information, can we identify something as a software development framework? For example the Wikipedia article of 'software framework' claims it should include support programs, ...
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How to choose a development method?

There are many academic/industrial researchs about various development methods (Scrum, XP, waterfall, ect.), telling us how to do it right and stuff. But I never saw something that suggest how to ...
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If you have the full spec done, what is left for the developer to do?

I'm working in a small company, started as a developer and coded pieces of a big system being provided with detailed specs. Over five years I moved towards analyst position. I know how existing parts ...