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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Don’t You Know that Support is the Most Important Part of a Developer’s Job?

Agile development – because you are building working software faster and delivering it incrementally – forces development teams to face a common, fundamental problem: how to balance ...
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Don’t let Somebody Else’s Technical Debt take you Under

There’s a lot written about technical debt: what technical debt is and the different kinds of technical debt, how to avoid taking on debt unnecessarily when designing and coding and ...
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Code Reviews Change Over Time

We’ve been doing code reviews for about 4 years now. Getting Started with Code Reviews From the start, developers would help each other out, look at code when someone asked, or ...
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The Real Cost of Change in Software Development

There are two widely opposed (and often misunderstood) positions on how expensive it can be to change or fix software once it has been designed, coded, tested and implemented. One holds ...
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This is how Facebook Develops and Deploys Software. Should you care?

A recently published academic paper by Prof. Dror Feitelson at Hebrew University, Eitan Frachtenberg a research scientist at Facebook, and Kent Beck (who is also doing something at ...
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Getting Application Security Vulnerabilities Fixed

It’s a lot harder to fix application security vulnerabilities than it should be. In their May 2013 security report, WhiteHat Security published some discouraging findings about how ...
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Looking for Answers at Agile 2013

I went to Agile 2013 last week in Nashville to look for answers on how Agile development ideas and practices could help more with high integrity, high assurance development; scale to ...
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Maintaining Software Sucks – and what we can do about it

If you ask most developers, they will tell you that working in maintenance sucks. Understanding and fixing somebody else’s lousy code is hard. It’s tedious. And it’s frustrating ...
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Agile Development leads to Alzheimer’s

Iterative development and design helps you to reach your way towards understanding what the customer really needs, to try out new ideas, evaluate designs, experiment, respond to feedback ...
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Design Patterns after Design is Done

Design Patterns are a useful tool when you are designing a system, an effective shorthand for communicating and sharing design ideas and a way to build consistency into the code – ...
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