The Secret of High Quality Software

How to get Fit, High Quality Software

As your business grows and evolves, you will likely need to enhance, transform or replace your existing software, and there is a secret to fit, high-quality software and applications and finding a  fantastic software development company. If you are like many of the leaders responsible for procuring the right software consultancy and software project management, you may baulk at the task, as it is fraught with risk, not least to your brand. Horror stories of trashed systems, overruns and overspend or a combination, mostly as a result of poor software project management, emanate from the biggest names in the industry for work done in sectors as critical as healthcare and government. As there are myriad considerations, it is often useful to focus on the aptitudes, attitudes and motivations of the people to whom you would entrust such an important deliverable as Fit Software – software that is fit for purpose, actually solves existing and anticipated problems and delivers high value.

‘Good code’

The attributes of good software and the code that goes into it, have been written about ad infinitum, not least in the brilliant and incisive article by Zachary Goldberg, which even questions what is meant by ‘good code’. Software has a life cycle, rules, algorithms and systems which help. However, ‘fit software’, i.e. software that will encompass the core attributes of well written programs but most importantly, that is fit for your company, fit for your processes and people and therefore supremely fit for purpose, has a crucial dependency. This dependency and a primary dimension to good code are, of course, the software engineers, developers, programmers and coders (terms hereafter used interchangeably!), and this is the primary secret to getting fit, high-quality software and build a great software development company.

The best software engineers are at heart, artists who entered into their craft with a desire to do and create great things and transform the world around them. They are the ultimate dreamers and hopers. Traditional stereotypes suggest purely nerdy types, tethered to reality and constrained by parameters and algorithms, being detailed oriented and concerned with algorithms. Like all stereotypes, some of that is true, but in fact, software engineers are also people that need to have and hold a big picture idea in their heads and hearts in order to fully extend and apply the detail they treasure. They are steady and systematic, even seeming to slow their heart rate much like a sharpshooter does before taking aim, as they painstakingly debug code in it often in high pressure, fast paced environments.

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Artistry

The right software consultancy will know that great software developers are creators of reality through their code and must care and understand your business purpose, so they can take a story, decompose then rebuild it to create stories of greater power and myriad applications.

Like artists, they make something out of nothing, like linguists, they manipulate language, patterns and ideas through the use of engineering practices, tools and structures and integration with other technologies, filtering a spectrum of possibilities through the prism of the technical limitations to create fit software.

A factor that keeps them connected to their first love is solving big problems as elegantly as possible. Linear or non-linear approaches matter far less than fit and capability or structured software project management. Their ability to deliver both for their clients and users is their greatest driver. Many of the best coders would work for free, so relentless and fierce are they in the pursuit of the possibilities they create, and the right software consultancy harnesses this passion. Like an author, they know the building blocks and characters but are often surprised by what the characters flowing from their fingertips eventually choose to do and they never know exactly how the story will end, except that it must support, enable and integrate as fully as possible with the story of their clients and if possible elevate it. This is at the heart of good coders and the right software consultancy knows and understand that this is the secret of fit, high quality software  and applications.

 

the secret of fit high quality software and applications from the right software consultancy iand software development company in London, using the best software project management practices

 

Star Quality

In many a software development company, programmers cannot program as they would like to, to effect the explosion of tiny ideas into planetary brilliance because this instinct and freedom are often lost in the frenzy of projects. They can similarly be constrained by the vision of business case owners or just time, whilst trying to write fit software.

Nevertheless, to get fit software, look for the software development company with experienced programmers who still have dreams in their eyes, who listen well and believe, whatever they have achieved, that there are better ideas than they have been able to implement, who still believe that their best art, their best code, is still ahead of them. Look for the ones who want to dive into what your business is and who will walk with you on your journey to determine what your business needs. Choose the ones who will work with you to distil high-quality requirements with business, technical and people integration facets. Yes, they’ll be obsessed with performance and be concerned with efficacy and coverage and logic but as storytellers ultimately, this is because they want to hit you between the eyes with the beauty, sleekness and seamlessness of their application.

Adhering to methodologies that prioritise teamwork, and enable collaboration, the finest programmers have beautiful minds that synthesise the simplest solutions and execute them elegantly. Their world view allows them to be less judgmental and more patient and optimistic – optimism deriving from readiness to try new things to get a solution. It comes from inside, the willingness to feel the pain and code anyway, to be aware the picture may not be complete but create anyway, the special ability to conceive at the same time, multiple ways to see and solve a problem and create concepts to prove it. These are the people you will want building the fit software that your business needs to scale, transform and continue your story into the future, and we ensure they are served and enabled by strong software project management, and a software development company that has the experience working with the best.

The Software Engineering Mindset

How a Software Engineering Mindset Could Break the Spiral of Failure

Software engineering cultures have created many of the solutions and applications without which our lives as we know it, just wouldn’t be possible, just wouldn’t work. So it’s easy to see that the outcomes and impacts of software engineering can and do change the world. 

From Netflix, Google to Facebook to Microsoft and Apple, we are surrounded by the brilliance that software engineering can engender for the world. They give the lie to prevalent software engineering personality tropes too. Software engineers come in all shapes and sizes but speaking as someone who is natively a software engineer and who manages teams of them, the one trait they all share is overriding respect for striving and for solving.

Yet we hear of IT programme after IT change program that fails deplorably, irredeemably. 

Needlessly.

I am very fortunate at this point in my career to be working in an excellent team of leaders who demonstrate just this mindset, with those leading us having a clear-eyed understanding of what compromises must never be attempted while fostering, even insisting on innovation. But I have at times worked in somewhat different environments and since COVID, the number of ex-colleagues in a vast array of other sectors who are reporting a scale of problems that my prior experiences have made me very able to sympathise with and my musings about them have led me to write this article.

Russian Doll

The normal structure of a program is that the engineering team is a team or teams within a larger program management construct that adhere to a discipline with a set of rules and structures within their internal teams while other rules obtain externally. 

The Agile movement aims to bridge that divide and does to an extent ameliorate some of the most important issues – specialist to generalist functionality, working at purely unitary levels, poor communication, delivery focus and iteratively built small linked component –  but it’s simply not enough as we see in the sheer number of rather large and impactful failing projects. 

 Software Engineering Mindset is only for Software Engineers – or is it?

One of the reasons, I think, we see problems often is that there is a perception and it is certainly the practice, that an engineering mindset is only borne by software engineers. In fact, it would make sense if all the people involved in delivering a project were aware of and adopted a software engineering mindset especially when critical decisions need to be made. Now, even when we can get project managers and business analysts and other non-engineers on the team to adopt a software engineering mindset, those responsible for governance – sponsors and executives who naturally focus on constraints like budget and time over arguably value and expediency rather than engineering tenets that will deliver an almost guaranteed result, also require a software engineering mindset when it comes to developing solutions. 

As Chinenye Ikwuemesi lyrically describes (I want to be the software engineer in that article if I am not, don’t you – even if you’re not even a software engineer!) in her article, software engineers seek to solve problems with precision, elegance and style – it’s got to be fit to solve the problem. There are rules for engineering but problems do not respect rules – their very unpredictability is why the rules and discipline of engineering matter so much. We can harness the wind and bend steel and change the direction of a seemingly unstoppable force given enough motivation and resources to engineer a solution. The one casualty of this might be time. But when it comes to real-life projects you can run the risk of being pennywise with time – gain a few seconds on the project to lose days, months and years in business as usual. Save $0.5m  a half here and there only to spend $10m there on gaps the engineering might have plugged. 

There is a constant tension between the engineer’s need to take the time required to actually do the work and solve, and the executives need to shave off time and money where they think it’s possible and justifiable. There is an uneasy tension between what engineers may believe is justifiable and what sponsors believe is. In my role, I feel this tension keenly. The manager that I have to be, understands the pressing constraints while the engineer in me is resigned to the fact that certain things and processes will take as long as it takes, even while casting about for new approaches and considering other possibilities and running these equations in parallel in the back of my mind. 

Equivalents of Real Engineering Compromises in the Real World

It’s a queer thing. Nobody as far as I know, and I do hope this is the case, asks surgeons to close up patients before the operation is complete to save time or to leave implements in the patient to save having to dispose of them or having to wash and sterilise them. 

Nobody asks pilots to do whatever is necessary to reduce the length of a flight if the plane is only capable of doing a certain speed and the rules of time and space will not bend to his ready pilot’s charm, however much money it might save. 

Even on the erstwhile Concord flights, the calculations do not change – the plane’s capability might. So what do they do? They do what is safe and what is sustainable. They work around the fact that reaching a destination requires a sometimes undesirably long, arduous and expensive journey, and accept asymmetries. Getting passengers off halfway through the flight to trudge through the Sahara desert to save on fuel is not an answer to any conceivable question. Yet this is analogous to what is sometimes required of engineering teams. 

A Software Engineering Mindset and Sustainability

Again, what is sustainable? What is the realistic timeframe to find a solution, build it and implement it? In recent years, bridges built in substandard ways to save money have just…. given up and caved in beneath cars and on top of the unwitting people below leading to lost lives; rail tracks built with substandard materials or practices have buckled and created disasters. 

Problem-solving is in its way, precise, as long as you understand the problem. You put this here and that there and pull that down over there and it’s a kite or a plane. 

If you take a Jenga mindset when a software engineering mindset is called for, it all falls down. 

Yet people seem content to make and accept these compromises in the interest of saving time and money. 

The ‘CEO Horizon’ Factor

Look, in some places, a CEO or an executive comes in for a few years – he has to make his mark in about 5 years and is judged on these same efficiencies highlighted above, that give birth to monsters of inefficiency through multipliers in several aspects of the business. But it might never be that CEO’s problem. Another CEO will have to ‘transform’ their way out of it but is likely to fall into the same pitfalls. And the wheel turns, and over and over again, we make unsustainable software, decisions and workplaces.

The Scourge of ‘What might have been’

The true horror lies in the fact that the time and money being saved is a pittance compared to what might have been saved and what might be achieved if the solution is allowed to be fully realised. Somebody has to mind the pennies, sure, and people’s productivity can be improved with goals, leadership and some chivvying but sometimes, we chip away at the wrong things.

Software Engineers tend to have a simple guiding purpose to find the innards of the actual problem – the root cause if you will then worry at it till it reveals the kernel at the heart of the seed that grew that root;  then they need to figure out how to grow a better tree. All engineers have the same drive in whatever field you find them, It’s how we are built. Doing this over and over leads to mastery and given autonomy, good engineers will rebuild this world for the better. In the meantime, they can certainly build the solution your organisation needs given these enablers.

What is a Software Engineering Mindset

The software engineering mindset is purely about the willingness and motivation to solve problems, to be interested in all the pieces of the puzzle, how they fit together and the parts you can’t see or understand yet.

It is about awareness, knowledge and interest in a range of tools and technology to survey the full spectrum of available possibilities to plug gaps, and attempts to find applications that can prise open an enigma when nothing else has worked.

It’s about a mind that can roam outside of the confines of the problem to find an application from another context that may be applicable. It speaks to truly caring for the impact of what you create or fail to,  and dedication.

It’s about daring, it’s about creation, it’s about solving.

A software engineering mindset refers to knowing how your best solution for a component will work, fit and integrate with the rest and understanding that if at any of these levels it fails, it is suboptimal or ensuring you have some options to address those failures. 

A software engineering mindset is obsessed with the overall architecture and takes a global view of problem-solving in the context of the solution. It knows and understands areas directly outside of its own sphere and control, understands the dependencies and risks that arise when you pull a component out of the whole.

A software engineering mindset never loses sight of the problem we are trying to solve as-a-team, and never stops burning to find a real solution. A software engineering mindset is not just for engineers. Finally, a software engineering mindset recognises that we are in the capability business – we deliver power and capability to make the things that were defined as necessary, desirable and high priority, happen. It’s a great example of systems thinking.

This mindset is unlikely to produce a specialist ‘MichaelAngelo’ type of engineer who while they may build a single large product of immense brilliance over a long space of time is unlikely to work on a project team.

Themes of the Software Engineering Mindset

Good cultures if they worship anything, worship excellence in what is created not the creator. The latter creates cults which as we have seen can get toxic very quickly. Good cultures strive for excellence; great cultures get the freedom to attain it and do not hog the credit.

Good cultures know the best engineers and programmers are creative and honest,  they value innovation and do not stifle it with bureaucracy; great cultures foster and mobilise the innovatory muscles with great leadership and vision. Leaders with the power to do so should be focused on getting their engineers everything they need to succeed instead of removing pillars of stability or force them to compromise on big important parts of the solution. Actions and risks should be mapped to the specific part and power of the solution that is affected. This means a non-engineer leader can appreciate the impacts of varying a sprint or backlog schedules and the like.

See the Whole Picture

Ultimately, in a delivery team no matter how large or small or how they are structured, all sub-teams have the same goals, and it’s important to reinforce this through communication, a team ethos and building a culture that is based on adopting a software engineering mindset across the board and implementing processes and structures that support and strengthen this at every level. If the focus remains on identifying with great clarity and then keeping the focus on the exact dimensions of the problem, even while everybody is working on separate parts of it, the chances of success are far greater.

 

The software engineering mindset keeps everybody focused on the big picture

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Kennedy Ikwuemesi is the Head of Engineering at Pollinate International

He loves coding and architecture and all the different ways of solving problems in joined-up ways. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kennedy-ikwuemesi-0a58561/?originalSubdomain=uk

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    Application Management

    Lots of organisations find themselves considering who to partner with for their application and data management services and with good reason. There is an intuitive move to find providers or partners who take a wider view of the problems organisations really need them to solve.

    We really excel at application development and creating great solutions and transformation is in our blood but that’s not the end of the story. At the heart of the strategy we formulate with  any of our clients, is the sustainability of their brand and their business. Fundamental to that is the management of the applications the business runs on, monitoring, upgrading and repurposing or replacing them. Through their entire lifecycle, systems require oversight and that requires planning and tools and is indispensable to the sustainable and responsive organisation, to reduce the time and energy spent on core business activities.

    Data - your brand's beating heart
    Data Management

    Data increasingly is the most valuable resource that business wishing to grow, to be seen, to be heard or to pivot, has at its disposal and your business absolutely needs to be ready. Ready for the opportunities and inoculated against risks to or of the data. One of the key risks companies run, however is the sheer quantity of the data pouring into the business. To know what to do with this data, mine and refine it is key to the future, responsiveness and sustainability of your enterprise. The first step to managing your data – access, quality, governance and application – starts here, with contacting Iconify today to start this journey for application and data management for your organisation’s next era.

    Software Engineering and Security

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    Engineering Excellence

    When you are looking for software engineering and security partners, we offer you more than just programming languages and skills, more than strategic thinking, risk based testing and technical application. We bring an engineering mindset and prowess to solving problems. Engineering capability is a critical part of our skills base when it comes to finding or defining solutions that change business trajectories.  We help businesses  to harness transformative technology and to create innovative applications. If you want to engage in change or process improvement programmes, we want to delight you.

    There is just so much advancement in our time, in our wondrously connected environment and the potential of digital transformation, which is a large area of focus for our engineers. We are seriously excited by all that’s happening, all that’s possible, and we’ll never stop. To share this with you, we’d love to discuss this potential with you and what it could do for your business. We’re here – hello@iconify.org.uk or contact us.

    Delivering innovative and agile software engineering and security is dependent on the breadth and depth of the skillsets of the people that work on the project. Our engineering teams are comprised of enterprise architects, security specialists, software engineers and digital experts who will help your business envision and execute new ways of doing, working and collaborating.

    Digital Risk Management
    Security

    With the rise in possibility and potential, there is a concomitant rise in risk, and we do not forget that in all the excitement. We match all plans for software engineering and security adoption with a framework for identifying and managing risk, collaborating with leaders and their teams to do so. Cybersecurity threats abound but we will help you still exploit the opportunities that exist. Digital Transformation, thoughtfully executed delivers too many growth opportunities to embark on that process. It is a bigger risk not to. That’s why we’ll ensure that risk, resiliency, robustness will be at the forefront of our objectives, along with innovation, transformation and fusion.

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