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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Interesting Poll on Java Coders

Geek nirvana...programmer paradise...whatever. Developers and those who manage developers have been looking for the "right" software development process for as long as there's been software to develop. Whole segments of the software industry have been built around the latest development process. A recent poll asked the question: What term best describes your software development process? The most popular answer: No process (cowboy coding).

Truthfully, is anyone surprised by this answer? I'm not. Most development shops do not have the time or resources to adequately enforce a software development methodology. The ones that do are usually seen by those they serve as being slow to deliver solutions. Any of the established processes (XP, Waterfall, etc.) can and do work as long as things run smoothly. Introduce a problem that has to be resolved in the middle of the night, and most of us will revert to what we know whatever it takes to fix the problem. In other words, no process.

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