how do you spell success?

Saturday, 27 March 2010

The Amway salesman had a simple answer: “$-U-C-C-E-$-$”. We took issue on a meaning-of-life level, but I digress.

The software developer says the system is running as specified. The Enlightened software developer says the system is running as the business owner and domain experts say it needs to.

But leave it to the business analyst to point out that a crucial group of users still have no idea how to use the system. Should circumstances beyond our sphere of control affect how we rate our status?

Eric Evans woke me to this with his discussion of upstream/downstream relationships between bounded contexts. Using his criteria, a system/project/team is upstream from another if (and only if) it can provide real value independent of the related system/project/team. If my application is up and running, and all of its run-time and batch-process dependencies are fully functional, but it exists solely to provide data or behavior to an application that has been canned, nobody cares about my success.

Or putting it another way…

If an application is running in the forest, but there’s nobody there to use it, does it really make its SLA?


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