Jim Bird

About Jim Bird

Jim is an experienced CTO, software development manager and project manager, who has worked on high-performance, high-reliability mission-critical systems for many years, as well as building software development tools. His current interests include scaling Lean and Agile software development methodologies, software security and software assurance.

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Required Reading: Iron Clad Java

They didn’t teach appsec in Comp Sci or in engineering or MIS or however you learned how to program. And they probably still don’t. So how could you be expected to know about ...
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If you got bugs, you’ll get pwned

The SEI recently published some fascinating research which shows a clear relationship between software quality and software security. The consensus of researchers is that at least half, ...
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We can’t measure Programmer Productivity… or can we?

If you go to Google and search for “measuring software developer productivity” you will find a whole lot of nothing. Seriously — nothing. Nick Hodges, Measuring Developer ...
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If you could only do one thing to make better software, what would it be?

Good technical practices are what we have to do to make good software – this is the engineering part of software engineering. Design. Coding. Testing and Reviews. If you could do ...
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Different Ways of Scaling Agile

At this year’s Construx Software Executive Summit one of the problems that we explored was how to scale software development, especially Agile development, across projects, portfolios, ...
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Don’t Waste Time Writing Perfect Code

A system can last for 5 or 10 or even 20 or more years. But the life of specific lines of code, even of designs, is often much shorter: months or days or even minutes when you’re ...
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Can Static Analysis replace Code Reviews?

In my last post, I explained how to do code reviews properly. I recommended taking advantage of static analysis tools like Findbugs, PMD, Klocwork or Fortify to check for common mistakes ...
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Don’t waste time on Code Reviews

Less than half of development teams do code reviews and the other half are probably not getting as much out of code reviews as they should. Here’s how to not waste time on code reviews. Keep ...
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Feature Toggles are one of the worst kinds of Technical Debt

Feature flags or config flags aka feature toggles aka flippers are an important part of Devops practices like dark launching (releasing features immediately and incrementally), A/B ...
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Devops isn’t killing developers – but it is killing development and developer productivity

Devops isn’t killing developers – at least not any developers that I know. But Devops is killing development, or the way that most of us think of how we are supposed to build ...
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