About the Book
What is a decision? What makes a decision important? How much do we struggle to make a decision? What type of impact do you think that decision will have?
Whatever the case - from choosing a programming language for a shiny new greenfield project to moving to a microservices architecture and everything in between - the life of a software developer is punctuated with decisions.
A good developer needs to be a good decision-maker, and decision-making is a crucial skill for software developers. This skill can be learnt and practised.
This book aims to introduce developers to some theoretical concepts about how to make mindful technical decisions. It is a journey throughout a decision-making process, with real-life examples and case studies.
The next time you and your team face a decision to be made, the stories and the easy-to-apply exercises in this book will help you understand how to involve the right people, gather valuable data and better analyze the context to decide how to decide.
Table of Contents
Preface: Why a book on decision-making for developers?
Chapter 1: Decision-making anti-patterns
Chapter 2: A decision-making process
Chapter 3: Involve the right people
Chapter 4: Gather data - Business needs
Chapter 5: Gather Data - Users
Chapter 6: Gather Data - Context
Chapter 7: Choose non-functional requirements
Chapter 8: Comparing solutions
Chapter 9: A decision-making meeting: a use case
Chapter 10: Deciding how to decide
Appendix A: Interviews
Appendix B: Cynefin Framework