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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Contracting in Agile – You try it

One of the key principles in Agile development is “Customer collaboration over contract negotiation” Unfortunately, ...
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What’s better – Big Fat Tests or Little Tests?

Like most startups, we built a lot of prototypes and wrote and threw out a lot of code as we tried out different ideas. Because we were throwing out the code anyways, we didn’t ...
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Does the PMI-ACP set the bar high enough on Risk Management?

I’m trying to understand the PMI’s new certification for Agile Certified Practitioners, and what value the PMI brings to managing software development projects using Agile methods. ...
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What can you get out of Kanban?

I’ve spent the last year or so learning more about Kanban, how to use it in software development and IT operations. It’s ...
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Fixing Bugs that can’t be Reproduced

There are bugs that can’t be reproduced, or at least not easily: intermittent and transient errors; bugs that disappear when you try to look for them; bugs that occur as the result ...
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Bug Fixing – to Estimate, or not to Estimate, that is the question

According to Steve McConnell in Code Complete (data from 1975-1992) most bugs don’t take long to fix. About 85% of errors can be fixed in less than a few hours. Some more can be fixed ...
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Fixing Bugs – if you can’t reproduce them, you can’t fix them

‘Generally, if you can’t reproduce it, it’s almost impossible to fix’. Anonymous programmer, Practices of Software Maintenance, Janice Singer ...
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Fixing Bugs – there’s no substitute for experience

We’ve all heard that the only way to get good at fixing bugs in through experience – the school of hard knocks. Experienced programmers aren’t afraid, because they’ve ...
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Why are some bugs harder to fix than others?

There are a lot of different factors that impact how long it could take to find and fix a bug. Some of them we’ve already gone over. How good the bug report is – can you understand ...
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Fixing a bug is like catching a fish

Manager: So, how long will it take to fix this bug? Inexperienced Programmer: An hour maybe? Two tops? I’ll get right on it! Experienced Programmer: ...
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