Methodology Patterns: a Different Approach to Create a Methodology for Your Project

location_city Bengaluru schedule Mar 1st 10:30 - Jan 1st 12:00 AM place Sigma

In the software world we have been looking for “The Methodology” to solve our software development sorrows for quite a while. We started with Waterfall, then Spiral, Evo, RUP and, more recently with XP, Scrum, Kanban, DAD, SAFe (there are many others, but, their impact, so far, has been limited).

In this tutorial, I'll show why this search for the holy grail is bound to fail--each methodology has strenghts and weaknesses that make it suitable only in some contexts--and I'll describe a different approach based on patterns and pattern languages, that teams can use to create their own methodologies to suit their specific needs, which, in my experience, has a higher chance of success. 

The approach is based on the observation that all the practices used in all modern methodologies--e.g., user stories, use cases, team self organization, TDD, unit testing, acceptance testing, continuous integration, iterative and incremental development, etc.--come from the same set. Different methodologies just mix and match them differently. All those practices can (and many have already been) described as patterns whose relationships with each other form a set of pattern languages.

 
 

Outline/Structure of the Tutorial

The session is an interactive tutorial. I'll be explaining my ideas, and sharing my experiences, but the audience will be encouraged to interact, share their own experiences, and also challenge my point of view

The main points I'll touch, roughly, are the following:

  • The problem with "off-the-shelf" methodologies
  • Definitions of pattern and pattern language
  • An introduction to methodology patterns
  • Pattern languages for software methodologies
  • The advantages of using patterns and pattern languages
  • How to build a custom per-project methodology
  • How off-the-shelf methodologies can be described in terms of pattern languages
  • How off-the-shelf methodologies can still be useful
  • Sharing of my experiences with this approach, and some real world experience (positive or negative) from the audience

Learning Outcome

Attendees will learn the basics of how to create a methodology that fits the needs of their projects, and will get a better understanding of why some of the "pre-packaged" methodologies are (or may be) difficult to use in their contexts.

Target Audience

Everybody with a stake in a software project outcome

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