Debugging via the Scientific Method

March 23, 2003 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility 

I recall a time early in my career, when we spent weeks struggling in the lab to resolve a particularly nasty problem that was plaguing the serial port and drivers that we were developing. We would repeatedly think of something new to try, certain that this would be the end of our woes, only to find time and time again that we were headed back to the drawing board. Looking back, it is embarrassing that with a Physics background, I failed to apply the Scientific Method to solve the problem more quickly. Read more

Taking Inefficiency to New Heights

March 16, 2003 by · Comment
Filed under: Agility, Project management 

Quite often in the industry, we talk about rework and administrative overhead causing huge inefficiencies for development teams. Bugs get injected early and aren’t caught until much later – more people get involved in the fix, and work that was based on flawed assumptions has been for naught. Communication breaks down as the team grows or as the project wears on, and e-mail and useless meetings consume way too much precious time. Read more

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