If you’re in the software industry, the concept of technical debt will come up at some point. Agile software development’s popularity has spread this concept to teams who aren’t actively practicing Agile methodologies. Unlike the financial debt it was named after, technical debt isn’t characteristically bad and can be useful at times. However, too much can be debilitating to an organization. Here’s how technical debt affects products, development teams, organizations, and customers.
A Minimum Viable Product (MVP) can get a bad reputation with software developers, but it shouldn’t. When implemented effectively, an MVP is a tool that allows lean development and product teams to determine the potential of a product before investing substantial amounts of time and money. Using this approach helps teams gain practical insights and feedback on their initial product. The process helps shape later versions and allows for more efficient development, ultimately creating less technical debt and more profitable products. Here’s a quick overview of the MVP approach, how it works, and its benefits.
The end goal of every Agile process is to deliver value to the customer early and often. However, many organizations struggle with getting work that is “done” across the finish line and into customers’ hands. Software teams that accomplish work rapidly and maximize value for their customers use a robust, automated continuous deployment process to reduce work into simple units, remove roadblocks, and embrace change that leads to progress.
Looking to start a new development project? Whether that’s the next-gen version of a product or an application being built from scratch, we recommend including software prototyping early in your process. It involves producing a scaled-down version of a product to demonstrate to stakeholders, end-users, and an internal team what pieces of functionality will look like, how someone can interact with them, and any potential problems with the proposed design.
SonarQube is an open-source tool for continuous code inspection. It collects and analyzes source code and provides reports on the code quality of your projects. With regular use, SonarQube guarantees a universal standard of coding within your organization while ensuring application sustainability. Here’s a quick overview of how SonarQube works, why we use it, and how to get started.