Saturday, September 29, 2012

How To Get (Almost) Everything You Ever Wanted In One (Not Very) Easy Step

I'm excited to have an article published in the October 2012 edition of Software Development Times.

What's it about? At some stage in their careers, many software developers realise they have a laundry list of career aspirations they'd like to achieve 'one day'. The problem is each of these aspirations requires a substantial investment of time. There are many reasonable objections against any one of them.

The article presents a way to lower that barrier of entry by combining all the items on the laundry list around a single project. It does this by framing an Open Source project in the context of a PhD thesis. It then provides detail, showing how to combine research methodologies such as Action Research and Grounded Theory with industry approaches such as Iterative Development to deliver a unified result. Finally it provides concrete examples in the form of conference papers, journal articles and a finished thesis.

Here's a peek:

You can download it for free here.