Book: The Nature of Software Development, by Ron Jeffries

  • The Nature of Software Development by Ron Jeffries - “this is one of my favourite books at the moment and it’s helped so much with these conversations” [about things like not being in a rush when developing software] (comment made by my colleague in a Slack thread)

Deliver value quickly, then get feedback

• Value is what you want • Each feature adds value • Iterate: Get FEEDBACK (Information has value) • Deliver high value features first (imgs p 14, 15, 16 – tall rectangles first) • Deliver minimal functionality first (img p11 – rocking horse then car) • Deliver foundation along with functionality, but absolute minimum (imgs of walls + tops, p54, 55, 57, 58) • Incremental vs waterfall: value released earlier: p24 graph

product value-effort quadrants

Cross-functional Teams and communities of practice

  • (imgs p28, p29, p30)


  • Test more than you think (img p68)
  • Testing and refactoring go hand in hand (img p73)