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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Where do Security Requirements come from?

One of the problems in building a secure application is that it’s not always clear what the security requirements are and where they are supposed to come from. Are security requirements ...
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Are Agile plans Better because they are Feature-Based?

In Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn quotes Jim Highsmith on why Agile projects are better: “One of the things I keep telling people is that agile planning is “better” ...
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The pursuit of protection: How much testing is “enough”?

I’m definitely not a testing expert. I’m a manager who wants to know when the software that we are building is finished, safe and ready to ship. Large-scale enterprise systems – ...
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Software Development Metrics that Matter

As an industry we do a surprisingly poor job of measuring the work that we do and how well we do it. Outside of a relatively small number of organizations which bought into expensive ...
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Building security into a development team

Getting application developers to understand and take responsibility for software security is difficult. Bootstrapping an Appsec program requires that you get the team up to speed ...
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Application Security at Scale

This week’s SANS AppSec conference in Las Vegas took on Application Security at Scale: how can we scale application security programs and technologies to big organizations, to small ...
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You don’t need Testers – Or do you?

I talk to a lot of people in both big and small software development organizations about how they manage software development, how they’re organized, what practices they follow and ...
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Can you get more out of Static Analysis?

When it comes to static analysis, Bill Pugh, software researcher and the father of Findbugs (the most popular static analysis tool for Java), is one of the few experts who is really ...
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What Refactoring is, and what it isn’t

Sometimes a programmer will come to me and explain that they don’t like the design of something and that “we’re gonna need to do a whole bunch of refactoring” to make it right. ...
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Is Copy and Paste Programming really a problem?

Copy and Paste Programming – taking a copy of existing code in your project and repurposing it – violates coding best practices like Don’t Repeat Yourself (DRY). It’s one of ...
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