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Allison Pollard & Mike Rieser: Don’t Wait til Later to Sprinkle on Technical Excellence at KAA2016

People often take it for granted that developers are paying attention to their craft. “Everyone assumes quality is in there,” says Mike Rieser, Director of Software Development at Fenway Group. But, as he put it off camera, “technical excellence isn’t something you just sprinkle on.” Instead, technical excellence is foundational, not something you just add on in the end like some kind of condiment. Allison Pollard, Principal Consultant at Improving, adds that often people think they’ll make “improvements” and clean up the code later. “The data becomes apparent… How many defects are escaping with every release? How many defects are getting resolved with every release?” Mike accentuates that, with Agile software development, zero-defect code is a possibility and, often, the general case.

SolutionsIQ’s Howard Sublett hosts at Keep Austin Agile 2016.