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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Essential Attack Surface Management

To attack your system, to steal something or do something else nasty, the bad guys need to find a way in, and usually a way out as well. This is what Attack Surface Analysis is all ...
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Source Code is an Asset, Not a Liability

Some people have tried to argue that source code is a liability, not an asset. Apparently this “is now widely accepted” and “this is a very strong idea that has a lot of impact ...
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Agile Before there was Agile: Egoless Programming and Step-by-Step

Two key ideas underlying modern Agile development practices. First, that work can be done more effectively by Whole Teams in which people work together collaboratively to design and ...
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Static Analysis isn’t Development Testing

I constantly get emails from Static Analysis vendors telling me why I need to buy their technology. Recently I’ve been receiving emails explaining how my team can use static analysis ...
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2011: The State of Software Security and Quality

It’s the end of the year. Time to look back on what you’ve done, what you’ve learned, your successes and mistakes, and what you learned from them. I also like to look at the ...
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Devops has made Release and Deployment Cool

Back 10 years or so when Extreme Programming came out, it began to change the way that programmers thought about testing. XP made software developers accountable for testing their own ...
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Iterationless Development – the latest New New Thing

Thanks to the Lean Startup movement, Iterationless Development and Continuous Deployment have become the New New Thing in software development methods. Apparently this has gone so far ...
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Diminishing Returns in software development and maintenance

Everyone knows from reading The Mythical Man Month that as you add more people to a software development project you will see diminishing marginal returns. When you add a person to ...
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You can’t be Agile in Maintenance? (Part 2)

This article continues from You can’t be Agile in Maintenance? (Part 1) Coding Guidelines – follow the rules Getting the team to follow coding guidelines is important in ...
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You can’t be Agile in Maintenance? (Part 1)

I’ve been going over a couple of posts by Steve Kilner that question whether Agile methods can be used effectively in software maintenance. It’s a surprising question really. ...
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