Paul Wallace wrote:
I came to know your work through some of the screencasts you posted on youtube, these are great.
Paul Wallace wrote:
Do you have any tips on how to promote software craftsmanship in an enterprise setting?
However it is as much a problem to convince developers, who are set in their ways, as it is to convince management of the benefits of a software craftsmanship approach.
Promoting Software Craftsmanship in an enterprise environment is almost impossible if they haven't embraced Agile yet. I don't mean that the company needs to be truly Agile. I mean having the willingness to adopt Agile values and practices.
Normally Agile transformations come first. They increase the business appetite for a better process, a short feedback loop, and a quick return on their investment. Agile processes also help to increase the visibility of things that are going well and the things that are not going so well.
Once this "appetite" for improvement is there and they gave the first steps towards a more Agile way of working, embracing Craftsmanship values is less painful.
The second half of the book is dedicated to exactly that. I was hired by a major investment bank to help them improve the quality of their software, a few years after they started their Agile transformation. I spent almost 3 years there working in a global department where we had a good degree of success in embracing Craftsmanship values and XP practices. All the things I wrote on the second half of the book are things I tried at a large scale and some of them may be quite useful to you.
Bringing Craftsmanship to an organisation has many challenges and affects many different things: from how you write a unit test to how you re-engineer your entire global recruitment process; From creating a culture of learning to dealing with ivory-tower architects and managers. From trying to deploy software multiple times a day to adapting your practices to work in projects that are part of a 5 year initiative in a heavily regulated environment, where devs don't even have access to production.
I hope you find many tips in the second half of the book.