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Codebase Transparency in Practice:  A  Day-to-Day Look at Metrics-Equipped Development

Posted by Jason McInerney on Jan 16, 2019 11:48:16 AM

Last week I made the case for codebase transparency: why 21st-century dev leaders need real-time insight into the strengths and weaknesses of their codebase, and why new quality metrics are going to be the principal solution.  This week, I want to look at how this actually works in the day-to-day progress of a company. 

Case study 1: the regular meeting

It’s the first Wednesday of the month, and your dev team leads step away from the gentle hum of CPUs and caffeinated frontal lobes to gather in the meeting room, lattes and laptops in hand. 

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Topics: metrics, codebase transparency

The Importance of Codebase Transparency (and the Weather)

Posted by Jason McInerney on Jan 10, 2019 12:51:16 PM

On leading software development in the 21st century

But first, a preliminary note about rain

Predicting the weather has always been valuable, but for most of history people have been pretty bad at it.  This was not for lack of heuristics.  Societies have always had weather lore – some parts of it (red sky at night) more accurate than others (groundhogs) – and an experienced sailor could develop a gut feeling for when a storm was approaching.  But today’s detailed forecasts would seem like outright magic to them.  A modern meteorologist would either be worshipped as a weather deity or burned at the stake.

What changed? 

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Topics: metrics, codebase transparency