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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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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Standups – take them or leave them

We left ‘em. Standup meetings are a core practice in Agile methods like Scrum and XP. Each day the team meets briefly to answer 3 questions: What did I get done yesterday? What am ...
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How many bugs do you have in your code?

If you follow Zero Bug Tolerance of course you’re not supposed to have any bugs to fix after the code is done. But let’s get real. Is there any way to know how many bugs you’re ...
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Software Estimation is not a Black Art

Construx Software is one of the few companies that take the problems of estimation in software development seriously. Earlier this year I attended Steve McConnell’s Software Estimation ...
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Developing and Testing in the Cloud

There’s a lot of hype around “the Cloud” and what it can do. One of the things that I am interested in is Cloud solutions that can help small software companies, and especially ...
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Failure Isolation and Recovery: Learning from High-Scale and Extreme-Scale Computing

While I have been building business-critical enterprise systems for a long time, I haven’t worked on high-scale cloud computing or Internet-scale architectures, with tens of thousands ...
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Lessons in Software Reliability

What does it take to build reliable and stable enterprise software? First, stop writing lousy code It’s unfortunate that few developers are familiar with The MITRE Corporation’s ...
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Not doing Code Reviews? What’s your excuse?

All of us have known for a long time that code reviews find defects, and that reviews are cheaper and can be more effective than most kinds of testing. In Code Complete, Steve McConnell ...
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