Essays On Software Development
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Essays On Software Development

Thoughts on Quality, Management, Practices

About the Book

Deep thoughts are often triggered by recent events. This book bundles thoughts on quality, management, and software development practices that appeared on Stephan Schwab's popular blog over the last six years.

About the Author

Stephan Schwab
Stephan Schwab

Stephan Schwab started writing code sometime back in 1981. Since then he has worked on a large number of different platforms using about 20 different programming languages. His own successful failures and those of others made him realize that all too often organizations create software that solves the wrong problem. His current work focuses on activities and how software can be created that better allows people to perform what they want to do.

Stephan has been living in many countries and recently moved back to Germany where he works as an independent Software Development Coach for his own company Caimito Technologies ( He blogs at

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Feedback Desired
  3. About Me
  4. Collaboration
  5. Cucumber: When Programmers Have a Dream
  6. Industry Trends
  7. The webtop – back in time?
  8. Silicon Valley is looking to do business in Latin America
  9. Outsourcing for start-ups
  10. The Browser is No Place for Multitasking
  11. Client-Server Computing: The Future Web?
  12. Management
  13. Thoughts on the ideal project team
  14. What’s wrong with software development in large corporations
  15. The connection between accounting and sub-standard tools for developers
  16. Psychological evaluation for Agile?
  17. Some businesses should stay away from Agile
  18. Does Sustainable Pace mean a 40 hour week?
  19. It doesn’t matter whether it works
  20. Risk Factors for Offshore-Outsourced Development Projects
  21. Pseudo Scientific Management Kills Innovation And Creativity
  22. Not Everything That Counts Can be Counted
  23. Embrace complexity – Don’t try to architect it
  24. Estimation creates silos and prevents teams from developing solutions
  25. Open Source
  26. Why So Many Open Source Projects End Up At Apache
  27. Software Development
  28. Deliver products on time and under budget with agile development
  29. Emerging Architect Roles
  30. Scrum highlights poor software architecture
  31. Startup Company
  32. Made in Panama: Caimito One Team
  33. Eat Your Own Dogfood
  34. Quality
  35. Quality control in software development
  36. Telling real stories in Acceptance Test Driven Development
  37. Acceptance Test Driven Development brings teams together
  38. Benefits of Acceptance Test Driven Development
  39. Don’t tie Cucumber features 1:1 to stories
  40. How to deal with sending email in Acceptance Test Driven Development with Cucumber
  41. Validation rules for form input in Acceptance Test Driven Development
  42. Use of a Walking Skeleton in Acceptance Test Driven Development
  43. The importance of craftsmanship
  44. Building a walking skeleton with the help of Cucumber scenarios
  45. How to work with ATDD and micro-tests in different testing environments
  46. Focus on making the commitment leads to low quality code

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