Spring 2007 Issue of Methods & Tools

March 27, 2007

In this issue you will find an interesting experience report on software process improvement, a detailed how-to article on modelling by one of the father of Information Engineering, an insightful reflection on how to build trust in a hierarchy relationship and finally a approach to improve the release of software products.

Spring 2007 issue’s content:
* Process Improvement – Is it a Lottery?
* Strategic Modeling for Rapid Delivery of Enterprise Architecture
* Fear of Intervention – How Subordinates Grow to be Entrepreneurs
* A Methodology to Support Software Release Decisions

40 pages of software development knowledge.

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Slow Developer Growth in the USA?

March 21, 2007

A recent Evans Data survey was discussed in an InfoWorld article “Software developer growth slows in North America”. It tells us that the worldwide software developer population is expected to grow from 14.5 million now to 19.5 million in 2010. North America will account for only 18 percent of those jobs in 2010, down from 23 percent today. While the North American share of the developer work force will decrease, the Asia-Pacific share will increase to close to 45 percent from 37 percent today. The share of developers from EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) will slip from 35 percent to 30 percent. The share from Latin America will remain flat at 6 percent. The growth rate for the developer population in Asia-Pacific over the next three to five years is expected to be 15 percent, 8 to 10 percent in EMEA, but only 3 to 4 percent in North America.

A 4 percent growth rate is not bad when the overall population is growing at around one percent. In 2005, a Business Week article  mentioned that recent growth rate in computer jobs was 7.5 %. If the InfoWorld article title seems negative for North America and Europe, but we should not forget that demographic trends for both regions are also signalling a slow growth of working population that starts already from a smaller base. This is the contrary of the Asia region where there are already more than 2 billion people with a younger age pyramid. If you are interested by this topic. The US Census Bureau has an interesting Web site with a database containing statistical tables of demographic data for 228 countries and areas of the world

The Agile Software Development Toolbox

March 13, 2007

When agile software development meets pataphysics, you got an elegant new set of tools for software development.

Don’t Click Here

March 5, 2007

The current Methods & Tools poll shows that a majority of participants develop 75% or more of their new applications with a browser as the interface. As Logitech just commemorated its 25-year anniversary, it is time to think about the user interface and the role of the mice in our interaction with computers. The first mice astonished people. There are many stories telling how people misused them, sometimes inventing the trackball before it was needed ;o). We could laugh at this, but it is not always easy to change the way we behave. To test this fact, I suggest that you spend some time on the Web site dontclick.it. As its name suggests, you will surf on this site without clicking on your mouse buttons. Have fun ;o)

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