Project cost estimations & Agile hype (part 2)

  • Faraon: Hey, how much would it take to build one pyramid??
  • Architect: I don’t know. Maybe 15 years…

(After 15 years)

  • Faraon: Hey, how much would take time to build one more like that???
  • Architect: Same!!!

If it was a Product Owner and a Developer, then he’d answer the second question: Ohh now it’s easy – half a year! 🙂

Why we fail here:

  1. Because we don’t know how to make implementation process repeatable.
  2. Because requirements might not have everything that is required for developer to make it repeatable.

So what indeed does a developer?

  • Figures out missing requirements? (sometimes)
  • Figures out how to design right abstractions!

How to find right abstraction?

The answer to the question was already pointed out in previous article. We need to understand the domain with all required abstraction that need to be modeled. In order to explore the domain we can use #EventStorming. If we have explored most of the possible requirements, then we can model/design with #EventModeling. This will make everybody on the same page and involve in design process:

  1. We’ll have mockups – so that people can visualize what can be there on a page
  2. We’ll have events/facts – that will tell you a story, that is selectively observed with the right business meaning.
  3. We’ll have conclusions/read-models/implications – that naturally construct beliefs with assumptions and then proceed to actions.
  4. We’ll have given/when/then statements that will allow you to elaborate on the above and conditions in the flow and state for live documentation.

Event Modeling by Adam Dymitruk Source: by Adam Dymitruk

We will have a decent description on right level of detail that create natural abstractions.

This service-blue print is also on the right level of detail to calculate project size/complexity. Before we do it, let’s find out How implementation from this service blue-print can be so repetitive?

For those familiar with DDD, the answer would be: If you know the detailed DDD model, the implantation is straight-forward. Some might argue that DDD is not required here, I agree, but I’ll leave this for next articles 🙂

If you are not familiar with DDD, next paragraph is for you 🙂

I won’t cover DDD here though 🙂 Instead I’ll focus on the concept. There is no magic in IT systems. They process information. How they do it, can be described with natural language. If you are very careful with the descriptions, we might explain every implementation detail. It’s just like reading an question. The art of writing a poem in natural English that can then translated 1-1 to source code and vice-versa is the art of DDD. So what does it mean?

When someone tells:

There’s a purchase order submitted [event/fact] in the system, and it is relevant.

With DDD/BDD implementation patterns of your choice, you will be told exactly what files/classes/source-code this natural statement caused to create. They will derive every name (of class, method or even a variable) from the very sentences you used. There isn’t (shouldn’t be) anything more in the code that is hidden from the reader.

Therefor if you know how to describe the (business) story in language formulated within right abstractions, the development process is repeatable.

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