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Questions tagged [development-process]

For questions relating to the process of developing software.

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How to manage updates after a release?

I wonder how should we manage the commits we make AFTER a version is released, according to SEMVER. For example, I just released 1.0.1, now I have 2 choices: Immediately change version to 1.0.2 and ...
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In TDD, should we specifiy all classes to implement before start coding

My team is interested to apply TDD in our next software project. We have a discussion about how many details should be specified in design specs before the developers start coding. Some of us propose ...
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Decoupling User Stories in Agile Development

Based on what I've read, user stories are often cast in a "who", "what", and "why" format, i.e. "[Who] wants the system to do [What], so that [Why]". The "who" and "what" seem easy to grasp. For the ...
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How to distribute code reviews workload in a small team?

I have a small team where I'm largely the only person who reviews what goes into production and makes sure that the code introduced doesn't contradict business logic, no bugs etc.. I know a lot of ...
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What are the criterion to understand if someone used TDD?

I'm approaching the TDD methodology for software development, reading guides and writing simple applications, because a client of my company wants a software and asked to develop it using TDD ...
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How to handle interface change between back-end and front-end during development

Introduction In our development team, we divide developers into back-end and front-end teams. To develop a feature for a website, the 2 teams have to work in parallel. We starts by analyzing the ...
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Streamlining development process of Linux C++ CLI app [closed]

On Linux Mint 19 with C++ compiler version: g++-8 (...) 8.2.0 I am compiling and running my project named: getPixelColor Using a shell script: #!/bin/sh g++-8 -std=c++17 -Wall -Wextra -Werror -...
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Is there a recommended format for writing a technical debt story?

Our team is starting to refine a set of stories that cover components and UI as part of an upgrade to a newer version of Angular. These components will then be used to recreate screens in an existing ...
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Is it possible to represent an if statement in a system sequence diagram?

I'd like to highlight that this questions is about a System Sequence Diagram (SSD) and not a simple Sequence Diagram and of course any help would be appreciated! I'm reading Graig Larman's book ...
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What is “premature abstraction”?

I've heard the phrase being thrown arround and to me the arguments sound completely insane (sorry if I'm strawmaning here, Its not my intention), generally it goes something along the lines of: You ...
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Is QA/QC more related to proprietary softwares?

I'm not a software engineer, but I like coding for myself. Thus, I don't know what goes in IT companies. Keeping the amount I spend on GitHub, I never heard of the term QA/QC in regards to open ...
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Should a (junior) developer try to push for better processes and practices in their development/IT team?

I'm a junior developer that is given the ability to help shape my team's processes if I can justify the change, and if it helps the team get work done. This is new for me as my past companies more or ...
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Turning a personal Python project into a releasable library

I'm an academic rather than a programmer, and I have many years' experience writing Python programs for my own use, to support my research. My latest project is likely to be useful to many others as ...
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Does it make sense to draw business processes when designing a software solution

We are working with the design of the software. It is piece already working developed from scratch again. My managers are telling me to draw the business processes. I doubt in this due the fact that ...
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Is there any good reason for not using the issue tracker 'properly'?

I am used to treating the issue tracker as a source of truth and an organisational memory. I use it to record what the issue is and what has been done towards resolving it. I consider this to be ...
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Git branching model for teams with develop, test and deploy phases

A developed piece of code goes these phases in our team: Developers write the code Then they send it to testers If tests pass, then testers send the change/new feature/bugfix to operations team for ...
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Will introducing a long standing Dev branch create unnecessary maintenance overhead?

I am seeing bad practices occurring in our version control where my colleagues are creating their own versioning system with stored procedures so that they can compare results before/after changes and ...
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How can I avoid always feeling like if I completely rebuilt my program from scratch I'd do it much better? [closed]

I have learned a significant amount of coding, however, it's always been in a scientific environment (not computer science), completely self-taught without anyone to guide me in the right direction. ...
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What is the difference between agile and incremental development process models

As the title implies , what is the difference between these both concepts? According to my understanding , Agile software process uses increments , where some requirements are first implemented and ...
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Why programs developed using incremental approach are difficult to maintain? [closed]

I am confused , Why Software that are developed using the evolutionary approach are harder to be maintained ?
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What Software Delivery Guidelines are appropriate when outsourcing?

I started working at a very small company that regularly (not too often) has to outsource some software developments. The external suppliers than have to deliver something. As I now have seen is that ...
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Should I be unit testing during prototyping/preparing for beta?

I am developing a web application for an industry that desperately needs it. Working with a consultant in the industry, I’ve rapidly developed a prototype in 2 months that we will be testing with a ...
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How to ensure that solution will be delivered in time in accordance with the estimates?

Very often developers are asked to provide estimates (at least rough ones) when a solution or feature will be ready. What steps development team should take to ensure that estimated solution will be ...
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What is a good definition of “clear code” for a checklist (specifically Scrum definition of done)?

My manager wants us to complete a checklist for a Definition of Done, where the checklist items are short. What is a good way to phrase "code is clear" that might better imply that the code is ...
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What are the barriers that prevent widespread adoption of formal methods? [closed]

Formal methods can be used to specify, prove and generate code for an application. This is less prone to errors - thus mostly used in safety/critical programs. Why don't we use it more often for ...
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Developing and debugging microservices locally

The use case: I am working on a microservice based architecture and I am wondering how I am supposed to debug a microservice (with my IDE attached to it) on my local machine where I develop it. The ...
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How to implement a development process with college students

At my first job as a software developer, my team used agile/scrum to manage our project workflow and it worked pretty good. I had some experienced mentors who set me on the right track - I owe them a ...
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What's the practical development cycle of a large project when a full build is prohibitively long

Projects like webkit, Linux kernel and many others take over ten minutes if not hours for a full build. What's the practical development cycle for these large projects? Specifically, how does a ...
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Avoid or minimize merge conflicts while using NuGet and GitFlow

Here's our problem - we have several solutions with multiple projects using our own nuget packages. We're following GitFlow, but not SemVer. Every time we're developing bigger feature or epic we want ...
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Write some code and plague it with anti-patterns or not write it at all, any escape from this dilemma for a beginner? [duplicate]

I am now working on a project that started as university homework and actually, still is a university homework (not turned in yet...) and, if I'm successfull (that doesn't mean turning it in and ...
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Second step of BDD - write “failing scenario step”, does it mean the test for it?

Knowing that BDD somehow avoids using the term "test", I am trying to understand the process as described in a book called The Journey to Enterprise Agility: Systems Thinking and Organizational Legacy....
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Design/Process in respect to mission-critical systems (Web Services)

Overview For company abc, teams are separated in terms of mission-critical applications and their extended applications. For example, customer xyz uses mission-critical data, but there are business ...
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How to make the most out of a beginner-level development team?

I now find myself in a scenario, mentoring no more than 8 beginner-level developers and tasked with the development of a reasonably complex SPA website. It is to be developed using React (which the ...
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Should we assign version numbers for internal releases?

In our environment: Internal releases are those which went through testing process. Builds either pass or fail. External releases are those which are delivered to users. For external releases, ...
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Agile methodology in pure technical terms

I often hear about agility processes, but it seems to me that it is (nearly) always tied to team organization and delivery processes. It (nearly, once again) never comes to the bottom of the bottle: ...
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CRISP-DM, which phase and tasks relate to User Acceptance Testing?

EDIT: The project is about creating an algorithm for Procedural Content Generation for a videogame. The actual game is secondary to the algorithm. It must be something basic to test the Procedural ...
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Justifications for developing applications that work on beta versions of iOS?

I'm a participant of the Apple Developer Program and have been downloading and testing beta versions of iOS for a number of years now. When updating to a new iOS version I sometimes notice that a ...
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When is it better to optimize a software for better performance, at the beginning or at the end of the development?

I'm a junior software developer and I was wondering when would be the best time to optimize a software for better performance (speed). Assuming the software is not extremely large and complex to ...
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Robustness vs Correctness Competition [closed]

Reading "Code Complete 2" in a Quality of Requirements paragraph I found this: Are acceptable trade-offs between competing attributes specified — for example, between robustness and correctness? ...
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Dealing with settings that will change on a per-environment basis?

We have a bunch of appSettings in our ASP.NET web application, not to mention connection strings, that change on a per-environment basis. Not just for different environments to which the web ...
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By what criteria should automated end-to-end test implementation work be allocated?

Assuming that the entire product team has agreed that implementing some automated end-to-end tests* is worthwhile in the first place... By what criteria should the workload of implementing automated ...
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Sales Promotions concept and design with cron jobs

I'm currently building an app that includes sales promotions. There is an option in the promotion that allows the manager to have a start and end date. I do not want the manager to have to manually ...
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Best practices for developing NuGet package alongside consumer?

I'm writing a NuGet package mainly for data access and utility functions that is going to be consumed by multiple web applications, but there will be one main web application that is going to drive ...
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How do I start using Git for differing code bases from different servers?

Background: I've recently inherited a set of projects at my company and I'm trying to sort out some fundamental issues with how they've been handled. Namely, the previous developers (who are no longer ...
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Should checkins into the Master Branch be clean?

We had a debate on our team about how clean the Master branch should be. The application is written and maintained by two people, me (a developer) and a GUI/UX designer. The GUI/UX designer does a ...
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Should all configurations and platforms run unit tests when application is in development stage?

I have open source C# .NET project at GitHub with Appveyor CI + code coverage. There are configurations like Release and Debug. There's also platforms like x86, x64 and Any CPU. This results to ...
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How is it possible for large companies to run software development teams without Project Managers?

Note - This is about software engineering. A friend at work said: Did you know that Facebook and Atlassian have abolished project managers for their software dev teams? This sounded familiar, ...
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How can we use RFCs in closed source projects?

I really love the way open source projects use RFC as a tool to get feedback and ideas from the wider community. I've been especially noticing this over the years with the way Ember have been doing ...
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Using #ifdef to switch between different types of behavior during development

Is it a good practice to use #ifdef during development to switch between different types of behavior? For example, I want to change the behavior of existing code, I have several ideas how to change ...
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Scaling an overgrown SCRUM team

Backstory A scrum team is well defined. They have a PO, scrum master, clearly defined scope. The workload increases, as more and more projects are covered and need to be maintained, but it is still ...