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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Architecture-Breaking Bugs – when a Dreamliner becomes a Nightmare

The history of computer systems is also the history of bugs, including epic, disastrous bugs that have caused millions of $ in damage and destruction and even death, as well as many ...
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Penetration Testing Shouldn’t be a Waste of Time

In a recent post on “Debunking Myths: Penetration Testing is a Waste of Time”, Rohit Sethi looks at some of the disadvantages of the passive and irresponsible way that application ...
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War Games, Pair Testing and Other Fun Ways to Find Bugs

I’ve already examined how important good testing is to the health of a project, a product and an organization. There’s a lot more to good testing than running an automated test ...
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How do you measure Devops?

If you’re trying to convince yourself (or the team or management) that your operations program needs to be changed for the better, and that trying a Devops approach makes sense – ...
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Yes Small Companies Can – and Should – Build Secure Software

‘For large software companies or major corporations such as banks or health care firms with large custom software bases, investing in software security can prove to be valuable ...
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Peer reviews for security are a waste of time?

At this year’s RSA conference, one of the panel’s questioned whether software security is a waste of time. A panellist, John Viega, said a few things that I agreed with, and a lot ...
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Appsec at RSA 2013

This was my second time at the RSA conference on IT security. Like last year, I focused on the appsec track, starting with a half-day mini-course on how to write secure applications ...
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A Bug is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Some development teams, especially Agile teams, don’t bother tracking bugs. Instead of using a bug tracking system, when testers find a bug, they talk to the developer and get it ...
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Releasing more often drives better Dev and better Ops

One of the most important decisions that we made as a company was to release less software, more often. After we went live, we tried to deliver updates quarterly, because until then ...
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Code and Code Reviews: What’s in a Name?

In a code review a developer needs to look at the code from two different perspectives:Correctness. Is the code logically correct, does it do what it is supposed to do? Will it hold ...
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