Collaboration-driven development - outside in

A 45 minute Case Study by:

Jenny Martin

Collaborate Solutions

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About this Case Study

According to various unsubstantiated historical reports, 20 years ago we had BIG up-front analysis and design done by architects and analysts working in ivory towers, stroking their beards and doing lots and lots of diagrams. Nobody wants to go back to those days.

Now beards are back in fashion, but we all understand the benefits of iteration and greater collaboration to help accelerate the delivery of high-value software.

Iterative approaches like agile sometimes tell us to throw away our diagrams and embrace more emergent analysis and design techniques over upfront work.

But hang on a minute - I like diagrams! If we plunge straight into story writing and task board shuffling, aren’t we in danger of losing sight of the big picture? Stories blow up in our faces, dragons reveal themselves and we end up stuck in a giant ball of mud, desperately trying to refactor our way out of it. DDD techniques help with this, but it’s still hard to get the right balance and align design activities with everything else that is going on.

In this talk Jenny Martin (Collaborate Solutions) explores the many different heartbeats of iterations and collaboration we have within our organisations, and the different levels of decomposition that happen as we move from the problem to the solution domain. Jenny presents a model that might help us plan more effective collaboration and join up with other team activities, so we’re all aligned and working on the right thing at the right time. Jenny hopes you might try a collaboration-driven approach in your own teams, and see if it helps that you start small and get the balance right between upfront and iterative activities.

About the Speaker

Jenny Martin is a consultant, trainer, facilitator and coach specialising in agile delivery, quality improvement and innovation games.

Jenny believes that great teams are built on collaboration, shared responsibility and by embracing individuality and diversity.

She has 20 years' experience across multiple platforms, tools and technologies, in disciplines spanning the entire software development life-cycle. She has a demonstrable track record of delivering complex IT systems in the customer loyalty, retail and finance sectors.

Jenny is a frequent speaker at Agile and BDD events, and provides training in collaborative software development techniques and public speaking.


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