Software Development Best Practices Blog

New White Papers Now Available

We've recently posted more new white papers on our website. These are free to members (and membership is free). 5 Things Every Software Executive Should Know About Scrum The success (or failure) of Scrum is all in how’s it’s adopted. This white paper explores five key things software executives should understand when considering a Scrum adoption. It summarizes what Scrum can and cannot do and provides advice to software executives on how they can support the adoption...

  1. Posted on December 21, 2012 5:29:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Innovation, Agile, Scrum, requirements, white paper, white papers, Articles

State of the Practice Survey

Construx has developed the State of the Practice Survey with the goal of better understanding which software practices really work, which really don't work, and identify trends in practice adoption. Survey participants will receive a summary report of the findings later this year in advance of the published report. I hope you will share your views about the state of the practices in your organization. No one outside Construx will see any of the raw data, and...

  1. Posted on July 4, 2009 9:21:AM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Management, white paper, State of the Practice Survey, Articles

New Software Executive Report Available: Managing Core Development

One of my activities is moderating monthly discussion groups on software executive topics. The output of those meetings are captured in the Construx Software Executive Reports. Our newest report, "Managing Core Development," is now available. Here's an excerpt: “Core” code always refers to code that is in some way more central...

  1. Posted on June 2, 2008 11:39:AM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Methods & Processes, Management, white paper, Software Executive Report, Managing Core Development, Articles

Software's Classic Mistakes--2008

In 2007 my colleagues at Construx Software and I updated the list of classic mistakes from my 1996 book Rapid Development. Throughout 2007 we conducted a survey to determine the frequency and severity of these classic mistakes. In other words, we wanted to get a more quantitative sense of just how "classic" these classic mistakes are. More than 500 people responded to the survey. The majority of them were involved with web and business systems. A significant minority were...

  1. Posted on May 13, 2008 11:43:AM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Management, classic mistakes, white paper, survey, Articles

Classic Mistakes Updated

In Rapid Development I wrote that, "Some ineffective development practices have been chosen so often, by so many people, with such predictable, bad results that they deserve to be called 'Classic Mistakes.'" That was in 1996. At that time I was self-employed and most of my experience had come from working with only a handful of companies. New Classic MistakesAfter founding Construx, a decade of work with hundreds of companies has enabled us to identify several...

  1. Posted on June 15, 2007 10:07:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Management, classic mistakes, white paper, Articles