Modularity as a Portfolio of Options

Thursday, October 07, 2021

I have been exploring the use of financial analogies with regard to programming and design. Ward Cunningham’s Technical Debt metaphor has become well known. Prior to writing this blog entry, I looked a little deeper into Ward’s metaphor and discovered that it has been interpreted and extended in multiple ways. Since this is my view of the …

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Modularity Parable and Software

Thursday, November 26, 2020

In his seminal book, The Sciences of the Artificial, Herb Simon describes the parable of watchmakers named Hora and Tempus. They built watches out of 1000 parts. The watches were of the highest quality – as a result, they were often interrupted by customers calling up to place orders. However, they built watches using different techniques. Tempus …

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Modularity and Agile Architecture

Thursday, August 20, 2020

What is Agile Architecture? Architecture is an important aspect of agile software development efforts. It is critical to scaling agile to meet the needs of the business. “Agile architecture is a set of values and practices that support the active evolution of the design of a system, concurrent with the implementation of new business functionality”. The …

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DevOps and Testing Software Architecture

Thursday, March 05, 2020

Forbes Magazine famously wrote that “Every Company is a Software Company.” Your company must become more responsive and agile using software and technology. And if the software doesn’t work or gives customers a bad experience, it can lead to lost revenue. This has led to the DevOps phenomenon, which is speeding up deployment of software …