Software Development Best Practices Blog

2013 ECSE Discussion Topics Posted

I host an executive discussion group in the Seattle area called the Executive Council for Software Excellence (ECSE). We meet monthly at our offices in Bellevue, usually on the second Monday of each month. The group focuses on enterprise-level software development issues. This is a great opportunity to network and compare challenges and solutions with other executives who, we have found, tend to be wrestling with the same issues you are. To keep the discussions focused, the group...

  1. Posted on April 1, 2013 8:00:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. executives, executive, ecse

Technical Debt

The term technical debt was coined by Ward Cunningham to describe the obligation that a software organization incurs when it chooses a design or construction approach that's expedient in the short term but that increases complexity and is more costly in the long term. Ward didn't develop the metaphor in very much depth. The few other people who have discussed technical debt seem to use the metaphor mainly to communicate the concept to technical staff. I agree that it's a useful...

  1. Posted on November 1, 2007 1:06:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Technique, executives, Non-Technical Stakeholders, Technical Debt, Design

Thinking About Software Executives

It's hard to believe it's time to begin thinking about Construx's Executive Summit already. The Summit isn't until October (October 15-17), but there are a few long-lead-time activities. Right now I'm inviting speakers and rounding up discussion moderators. We're also finalizing hotel arrangements. Next I'll define discussion topics, and then comes the event agenda. Once that's done, we'll update the event website with 2007 information so that by May we can begin officially inviting...

  1. Posted on March 26, 2007 2:21:PM by Steve McConnell to 10x Software Development
  2. Podcast, summit, software executives, executives, Construx Software Executive Summit, Management