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For the last 20 years I have been in the business of helping companies get better at developing software products. I started my career believing that the highly structured processes like CMM Level 5 will magically take care of the software projects woes. After two disappointing years, I moved on to Rational Unified Process (aka RUP). After another 6-7 years of disappointments with RUP the natural progression in my thinking and (coincidently) software development process evolution took me down to the path to Agile. My success with Agile processes has made me a believer in the process.
Unfortunately, many of the teams that start their journey towards the Agile land don’t ever reach there. Across the board I have found some common traits in the teams that failed with their Agile transformation effort. In this article I have shared all of them. Feel free to add more from your experience in the comments below.
No matter how terrifying a monster is, humans always try to find the silver bullet, to bring the inexplicabilities of the monster to a level of comprehension. Software is referred to as such a monster because its ever expanding level of complexity brings with it, multifarious issues which themselves are monstrous in their own accord.
The inherent properties of a modern software system are conformity, changeability, complexity and invisibility. Conformity is a necessary evil and normally has no logic to it but, for organisational restrictions. Changeability again is a constant sword hanging over software systems. Complexity of software systems is rather interesting as it is desired and not accidental and yet constitutes most of the monstrosity of software systems. By invisibility I refer to the fact that that there isnt any tool that can physically and convincingly represent a software system and this limits us in ways nothing else does.
Lets backtrack to when abacus had just been invented, we thought this was definitely an answer to the egregious calculations. As calculations became more and more complicated, seeking an answer led us to the beautiful concept of object oriented programming. It was a moment of celebration for developers all over the world as they thought- finally we have our solution. OOP with its modularity, reusability, reliability, maintainability etc. definitely addressed a lot of issues. However, software is abstract and a conceptual entity and hence visualisation of its impact and its challenges is indefinitely and inherently complex. We have now come a long way and invented supercomputers like IBM,�Sequoia, Cray,�Titan, NUDT,�Tianhe-2, and yet we are not close to our silver bullet. OOP, however, many would argue, is the closest thing to a silver bullet in the software world.
Workflow is an automated process to implement the business logic, that evaluates the record at the time of creation or update. It is one of the most powerful tools of Salesforce.
Workflow becomes indispensable to organizations for maximizing efficiency in their business processes. It allows tracking of processes.
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How to setup jQuery file with html
Before we can do anything, we need to establish our file and link it to our HTML document. First, we will create our plugin file and put it in the “js” directory of our website. It is traditional to start our filename with “jQuery,” followed by the actual plugin name, so we will call this “jquery-hello.js”.
Over the years I have seen many good teams make a few common mistakes that led them to failures. In this post I have picked up 5 case studies where teams with good track record of success failed to meet their goals. These teams worked at companies of different size & culture. The project work included enterprise web application development, custom force.com application development and Salesforce.com integration with other cloud application, process change management and sales and marketing for a start-up product/services.
After seeing the teams repeating these common sense mistakes over and over again, I come to believe that common sense is not the common after all. Watch out for the early symptoms of failure and correct your course before it is too late.