Friday, 31 August 2012

Communication breakdown.

Progress on the swimming waveform analysis front is grinding to a halt as communication between the various team members has become difficult. A combination of time zone differences (12 hours between the 'thought leader' and the 'development team'), recovery from jet lag and unfamiliarity with the code sharing site have all contributed to the situation.

How best to get a grip on things again?

The main issue has been the way development has had to be carried out using a 'rapid prototyping' approach. Essentially get something up and running and review what it looks like then tweak (sometimes TWEAK) then review then tweak again ..... continue ..... until right answer. Which all worked fine when all parties were together in one place. However, now the review and development cycle has become protracted  the 'thought leader' is struggling seeing the code run and the 'development team' is wondering what happens next.

If you read the text on this software engineering practice everything works seamlessly and Bob's your aunt you end up with the perfect code (sorry 'app' - fully documented too!). We are attempting to use an approved approach that will keep us out of the hacking arena. However, what its not doing is helping much on progressing around the development cycles or on homing in of the final solution. You could end up going round and round and round and round ...... just another variation please.

What we need is a means of facilitating the capture of emerging requirements and or questions from the 'thought leader' that the 'development team' can then work on and reply to. Done in a simple and visible way so that all parties can immediately understand the level of progress, identify any issues, and know who is in the seat for resolving them. Progress around the cycle can then be maintained - hopefully.

Just need to get everyone using Trello properly now then ..... ;)

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