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I am a software engineer in network and system programming, distributed applications, and databases. I also have several years of experience as network administrator for Linux, BSD, and MS-Windows environments. I currently work for Sopra Steria SE, a French consulting and software development company.

My goals:

I have regarded myself an agile engineer throughout my career. Given that my first paid software development activity occurred in 1999, I suppose I can consider myself lucky.

What I am observing though is not that agile software development is everywhere. What I am observing is that all the businesses I come to seem to be in the process of embracing it. That is kind of weird, given I am talking about a span of twenty years. It's fine too. Agile is not for settling. It's for never leaving any stone unturned.

But agile development does not mean that:

Writing meaningful tests (be they automated or not) and documentation is the challenge it ever was.

In Extreme Programming Explained, there is a statement that is both wise as well as dangerous. It says that documentation should be treated as a user story, just like any other.

It is wise because the effort should be visible and incentivized. It is dangerous because it means you are asking for budget. It is an approach that makes sense when documenting to external consumers because that's lean – do what matters in the end result. Try to provide code for the rest, including infrastructure.

In the unlikely event that there are dollars to spend, keep the following documented (which sometimes means deleting old material):

There is the sort of documentation that is needed to meet quality gates when hiding an agile project behind a waterfall facade. What this usually means is copying to MS-Word what ought better be in JavaDoc. There is rarely any useful bit of information in such documents, even when they were written by actual waterfall people. If there is any chance, leave it out. Don't program in Word. Program in code.

Certifications recorded at youracclaim.com

Oracle Certified Professional: Java SE 11 Developer
EDB Certified Associate – PostgreSQL 9.6
Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate
Oracle Database SQL Certified Expert
Oracle Certified Professional, Java SE 6 Programmer

Other credentials

OMG-Certified UML Professional Fundamental
PRINCE2 Foundation

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