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Better ROI from Software Development

Better ROI from Software Development

Author: Red Folder Consultancy Ltd

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Providing advice on how to get the best Return On Investment from your Software Development.
Hosted by Mark Taylor of Red Folder Consultancy, this series is targeted at those that fund software development in improving their return on investment.
Through a series of short weekly podcasts, Mark explores and explains why "traditional" management techniques will not only produce poor returns, but actively encourage it.
Find out more about Red Folder Consultancy, or sign up to their mailing list at https://red-folder.com.
Or reach out to Mark on Twitter @redfoldermark
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Doing "Big Bang" releases may seem like an effective use of time and people.  They may carry huge prestige and bragging rights for their leadership.  But are they good for ROI? In this episode, I talk about the dangers they bring - from dangerously high levels of risk to reduced agility to respond to market pressures. 
We think we want to employ the "Rockstar" developer.  We want the superstar. We actively recruit for it - we even put it into the job adverts. But is the "Rockstar" good for ROI? In this episode, I discuss why I believe they are actually the reverse - they are "Bad for ROI".
Gantt Charts are a popular tool for visualising dependencies for complex activities.  In this episode I discuss why the use of Gantt Charts are bad for ROI in Software Development.
Through September I ran a survey to establish UK Executive's attitudes towards custom Software Development. Unfortunately the survey failed to obtain enough respondents to be useful, but I want to share my experience. So in this podcast, I largely cover how the survey was designed, how I promoted it and the lessons learnt.
In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development. I take a look at the ninth oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in episode #51, to explore further: "I Promise that, to the best of my ability and judgement: I will never stop learning and improving my craft.". I also close out this mini-series looking at the Programmer's Oath with some final thoughts.
In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development. I take a look at the eighth oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in episode #51, to explore further: "I Promise that, to the best of my ability and judgement: I will produce estimates that are honest both in magnitude and precision. I will not make promises without certainty."
In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development. I take the seventh oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in episode #51, to explore further: "I Promise that, to the best of my ability and judgement: I will continuously ensure that others can cover for me, and that I can cover for them."
During September, I'm running a short survey to understand UK Executive's attitudes to custom software development.  Please take the time and have your say at: https://software-survey.red-folder.com/ In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development. I take the sixth oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in episode #51, to explore further: "I Promise that, to the best of my ability and judgement: I will do all that I can to keep the productivity of myself, and others, as high as possible. I will do nothing that decreases that productivity."
During September, I'm running a short survey to understand UK Executive's attitudes to custom software development.  Please take the time and have your say at: https://software-survey.red-folder.com/ In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development. I take the fifth oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in episode #51, to explore further: "I Promise that, to the best of my ability and judgement: I will fearlessly and relentlessly improve my creations at every opportunity. I will never degrade them."
During September, I'm running a short survey to understand UK Executive's attitudes to custom software development.  Please take the time and have your say at: https://software-survey.red-folder.com/ In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development. I take the fourth oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in episode #51, to explore further: "I Promise that, to the best of my ability and judgement: I will make frequent, small, releases so that I do not impede the progress of others."
During September, I'm running a short survey to understand UK Executive's attitudes to custom software development.  Please take the time and have your say at: https://software-survey.red-folder.com/ In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development. I take the third oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in episode #51, to explore further: "I Promise that, to the best of my ability and judgement: I will produce, with each release, a quick, sure, and repeatable proof that every element of the code works as it should."
In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development. I take the second oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in episode #51, to explore further: "I Promise that, to the best of my ability and judgement: The code that I produce will always be my best work. I will not knowingly allow code that is defective either in behavior or structure to accumulate."
In this episode I continue to look at professionalism in software development. I take the first oath from the Programmer's Oath by Uncle Bob Martin, introduced in the last episode, to explore further: I Promise that, to the best of my ability and judgement: I will not produce harmful code.
In this episode I start to look at professionalism in software development. Software development doesn't have the same level of professionalism & accountability found in Doctors, Lawyers or Architects. In this episode I talk about why it is desirable, but unlikely to happen. And I introduce the Programmers Oath - an attempt to start the conversation 
#50: Series recap

#50: Series recap

2020-07-2924:44

In this episode I provide a recap of the episodes since the last recap show (episode #25). This episode is both a recap of the series since episode #25 and a good entry point for new listeners. During this episode, I'll be summarising the key takeaways - and which episodes to listen to if you want more.
In this episode I want to discuss how dangerous it can be to assume another persons intent purely from their actions. This is a message I am seeing come up quite a bit lately. And the more I think about it, the more I see it in everyday business work. Both in how we perceive our teams and how our teams perceive us.
Over the last few episodes I've talked about learning to improve our individuals, teams and entire organisations to handle change. In this episode I want to explore why it is so important to that we are learning to build our Software right. Often the focus of our teams is to build the right thing - which is certainly important. But we also need to think about building the thing right.
In this episode I wanted to continue the conversation on Learning. In the last few episodes, I talked about; Why learning is so important to me personally Organisational Learning And how to support and encourage individual learning. In this episode I want to looks at how the Software Development team can learn through a number of deliberate practices.
In this episode I wanted to continue the conversation on Learning. In the last two episodes I talked about why Learning is so important to me personally and Organisational Learning. In this episode, I want to move onto talking helping Individual Learning.
In this episode I wanted to continue the conversation on Learning. In my last episode I talked about why Learning is so important to me personally. In this episode, I want to move onto talking about Organisational Learning.
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