Developers are users of the code

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“Technical debt built up in the rush to get software out the door always comes back to bite you. There must be continuous investment to reduce unnecessary rework so that more of the available capacity can deliver value. Diligent attention to the health of the code keeps it habitable. In a way, the code is a place where developers ‘live’. Think of developers as users of the code. Like any other user, for example someone using their mobile phone, they want a good experience each and every time they use it. In that sense, habitable code is a well-kept home that makes it easy for developers to maintain design relevance and prevent obsolescence while increasing reuse and reducing risks along with medium to long-term costs. Long-term business agility begins with healthy software that is constantly deployable. But adapting quickly and cost-effectively in response to changing customer and business needs requires more than flexible software. Greater flexibility is needed in business thinking with reasoning that is open to challenge and new ideas. Business culture needs to embrace a willingness to explore and experiment without fear of failure.”

An extract from No Bull.

Simon Baker
Simon Baker
Simon Baker is chief swashbuckler at Energized Work, a guerrilla technology lab based onboard HMS President in London. Simon cofounded Energized Work and in 2009 received the Agile Alliance Gordon Pask Award. He speaks internationally about applying agile and lean principles and techniques in business, software development, and information technology. With 22 years experience delivering software in the media, retail, healthcare, financial services and banking sectors, Simon is a leader doing things differently to find out what matters and get the right things done in the right way. He isn't afraid to question conventional thinking and disrupt the status quo. Simon feels strongly that work shouldn't feel like work and he has a track record creating exciting working conditions that help people change the way they deliver software for the better.

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