Archive for April, 2012
One year ago I wrote What have I been up to?. I told the story of how we fixed a flaky application. A few months later, the same customer contracted me and our team to rewrite the whole application from scratch.
That was a big job! It lasted from early July to the end of March. All the members of the Orione Team in Milano were involved, with a contractor from Cagliari and one from Rome. About 8-9 people from XPeppers and 3 more from the customer. I’m happy to report that we delivered the system, essentially on time and on budget and with a happy customer.
How did we do that? I’m thinking about writing a longer article on that. There are many ingredients. Some of the most important are heavy customer involvement, incremental delivery, test-driven development and automated acceptance tests. But really, it’s about people and focus.
And now… a change of horizons. I’ve been working in Sourcesense first and XPeppers later for 5 years. The Orione team was formed about 4.5 years ago and I’ve been with them for all this time. I don’t think I can give them anything more. I feel it’s time for a change. I’m going back to being an independent coach and consultant. Wish me luck!
And contact me if you think I can help you.