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Questioning before Answering

The other day I came across a short video in which a parent is faced with answering a unexpected question posed by her young child. I found this video amusing because, being the parent of a kindergartener, I expect to be faced with many awkward moments like this in the future. I also found it an interesting metaphor for software requirements gathering.

In the video the  parent could have answered the question a whole lot more simply has she just asked taken a moment to try to understand what the real question was, and not taken the question at face value. (I'm being purposely vague at this point in case anyone wants to watch the video.)

Most of us have been on projects where much effort has been spent in an attempt to solve a customer's stated problem, only to discover that that either:

The program didn't actually solve any of the customer's real problems.The team didn't solve the problem that the customer wanted solved.There was a much simpler solution. I'm not…

SCM Tool as Collaboration Tool

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to give a virtual talk at a product launch for an SCM Tool vendor.   The theme of the talk was basic branching strategies, and preparing for the talk led me to reflect on what  Brad and I wrote in the SCM Patterns Book. This post is based on those thoughts.

When Brad Appleton and I wrote Software Configuration Management Patterns I wanted to focus on how to use Software Configuration Management and Version Control  to improve productivity and collaboration.  In many organizations SCM processes, procedures, and policies are focused on stakeholders other than those who rely on the system most: developers.

A good SCM process can help you to work better as a team, and help your team be more agile. An ineffective one can slow down development, and be an obstacle to progress. Likewise the tools you use, while secondary to the decisions about the way you work, can affect how effective your SCM process is.

Tools are important. A good SCM tool helps you …