Shifts of Power

When Ward Cunningham was on our patterns & practices team at Microsoft, he would talk about "shifts of power."  What’s interesting is how requirements...

Customer Connected Engineering

Customer Connected Engineering (CCE) is a practices we use across our patterns & practices teams for engaging customers throughout the life cycle. We involved customers during the planning, development, and release of our deliverables. This is a draft slide set that shares how we do Customer Connected Engineering inside patterns & practices, including our key practices and guiding principles.

5 Situations for Writing Use Cases

What are five common project situations for writing use cases?  In Writing Effective Use Cases (Agile Software Development Series), Alistair Cockburn identifies five different...

Quality Attributes Frame

I found an organizing frame for quality attributes (security, performance, ... etc.) on SoftwareArchitectures.com and I think it's helpful.  They organize quality attributes by...

Agile Architecture Method

The Agile Architecture Method is a way to bake quality into the life cycle. It's also an iterative and incremental approach for architecture and design. In its simplest form, it's a way to help you identify potential hot spots against your prioritized scenarios. The hot spots are key engineering decision. The main hot spots are cross-cutting concerns, such as data access, exception management, logging ... etc. and quality attributes, such as security, performance, reliability ... etc.