“The reasonable expectations of your new CEO”
There is software everywhere! And it must be work! It must not fail! People depend on it!
A list of CTO expectations:
- We shall not ship crap!
- We will always be ready!
- Currently the ideal iteration time is set between 1 and 2 weeks. But we have been shrinking it. Now days its more close to between 3 days and 2 weeks, and nothing bad happens. Some good things happen because the feedback cicle is tighter, so there is more control over the project. Some guy in Norway is even trying 1 day iterations!!
- At the end of every iteration we are ready to deploy!
- Stable productivity:
- We must be able to keep the code easy to maintain and develop further;
- Continuous improvement:
- We must continuously improve the code, following the boyscout rule;
- Inexpensive adaptability:
- Software must be easy to change;
- We must accept changes in requirements;
- Fearless competence:
- We must not be afraid of modifying and improving the code;
- We must have tests we trust, so we have no fear of changing code;
- Extreme quality:
- We must not allow a sloppy or careless attitude;
- QA will find nothing:
- We must demand of ourselves that the software reaches QA perfect;
- Nothing is fragile:
- Making a change will not break something completely unrelated;
- We cover for each other:
- We are a team, if a member can not be there, a colleague must be able to take charge;
- A developer can not be working isolated, he must work together with colleagues. Do pair programming;
- Honest estimates:
- We must be honest about the exequibility of our estimates
- If it can’t be done in the expected timeframe we must say so. And we must not cave in when under pressure;
- We can use a 3 possibilities frame:
- 1 – Estimate if everything goes perfect;
- 2 – Estimate if things go OK;
- 3 – Estimate if everything goes wrong;
- We must be able to say NO!
- Continuous aggressive learning:
- Our industry evolves super fast, we must keep up;
- We must read books, go to conferences, read articles, experiment;
- The employer is not responsible for our learning nor our career;
- People coming out of school are not properly trained;
- The more senior people must teach the younger ones;
The Reasonable Expectations of your new CTO. from Robert C. Martin.
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