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

New Software Estimation Survey

I’m working with Ryan Nelson and Mike Morris at University of Virginia to conduct a new survey of software estimation in practice. If you can take just a few minutes to answer some survey questions, this will help us get an update on the kinds of estimation practices people are actually using today. Here’s the link to the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/uvaestimationsurvey Thanks for your participation....

  1. Posted on March 21, 2011 2:16:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. estimation, Management, white papers, Articles

Why Requirements Weren't More Prominent in Construx's Classic Mistakes Survey

A reader of our 2008 Classic Mistakes White Paper made the following observation: I work in the Aerospace/Defense industry and have read your article called Software Development's Classic Mistakes 2008 dated July 2008. I am most interested in questioning the results of your most damaging classic mistakes overall that is tabulated in Table 8. I have read that up to 70% of project failures can be attributed to incomplete and...

  1. Posted on January 4, 2010 2:04:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Methods & Processes, requirements, white papers, Articles

New White Papers

We've recently posted a few new white papers on our website, along with some existing papers. These are free to members (and membership is free). 10 Keys to Successful Scrum AdoptionScrum is a project management approach for Agile software development and is the most commonly adopted Agile approach in the industry today. Construx has worked with hundreds of organizations to implement Agile approaches including Scrum. We have helped numerous organizations to adopt...

  1. Posted on October 2, 2008 1:43:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Methods & Processes, Agile, Scrum, classic mistakes, Technical Debt, white papers, Articles