Anatomy of Communication
Anatomy of Communication
Anatomy of Communication

About the Book

What if we used our software modeling skills to build an explicit model for communication itself, using familiar software constructs as a metaphor?

in it's essence, Domain-Driven Design (DDD) is a philosophy and set of techniques for constructing a shared mental model of a system, and translating it into software.  Ideally, we want conversations with other humans, and conversations with our code, to have the highest possible bandwidth. Every major problem in software development boils down to communication.

What if we enabled a dialog around the challenges, by first deconstructing the Anatomy of Communication itself using our same DDD techniques?

First, we'll start with a familiar system metaphor to give us the structure: a Network.

Imagine everyone on your team, and the software itself, are all connected by wires in a Network. Along each of these wires is a Flow of Ideas. Ideas can flow between humans, or between humans and the software. In the context of an Idea Flow Network, software is a medium for ideas.

From here, we can start to describe the dynamics of an Idea Flow Network in terms of Friction and Flow. We can invent new words, extend the models, and have dialogs about the nature of communication pain -- all with our newly invented Ubiquitous Language!

Let's combine our DDD skills with cognitive science research, to bring clarity and insight to this wordless space.

About the Author

Janelle Arty Starr
Janelle Arty Starr

Janelle is a NFJS Tour Speaker, author of the book, Idea Flow: How to Measure the PAIN in Software Development, and founder of Open Mastery, a free-to-join industry peer mentorship network focused on data-driven software mastery.

She founded Open Mastery to rally the industry in working together, and learning together to break down the wall of ignorance between managers and developers that drives our software projects into the ground.  By making the pain visible with Idea Flow, we have a universal definition of effective practice, a universal language for sharing our experiences, and an opportunity to learn together like never before.  Open Mastery is about taking the industry to a whole new level of effectiveness by working together.

Aside from Open Mastery, Janelle has been working with New Iron for the last 10 years, as a developer, consultant, and now as CTO.   Her development background is specialized in data-intensive analytic systems from financial core processors to factory automation, supply chain optimization and statistical process control (SPC).  Her consulting work has focused on Continuous Delivery infrastructure, database automation, test automation strategies, and helping companies identify and solve their biggest problems.

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