A Reflection On Development for Almost 50 Years

October 16, 2017 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I am 65 today. Started coding 47 years ago and I am writing a series of blogs reflecting on where we are. I remember the debates in the 70s about structured programming and in the 80s about languages. Each decade brought its own debate. But no matter what we knew two things were constant:

1)    There were never enough capable developers around

2)    We didn’t really know what the best methods to get our work done were

The first is still true, but the second no longer is. I would contend we now know what to do on both the business discovery and business development side. The problem now is getting people to learn and do what works. The challenges here are more about the people than the knowledge. Information is useless if it’s not used. And we need to recognize that the exponential growth of software development (what causes the lack of capable developers) makes this harder.

This series of posts is intended for those who have an instinctual feel that something is missing in our attempts to improve the world through better business/IT development.

Note: I expect I will raise some ire with some thoughts I will be presenting. I like challenge, but with respect.  Please use https://lnkd.in/gEzPHsN as I will not respond here.

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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With over 40 years of experience, Alan is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, SAFe, Scrum and agile design.



        

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