Decide knowingly

Humane assessment is the method for making software engineering decisions. It helps your team take into account the reality surrounding your system.

Everyone makes decisions

The goal of assessment is decision making. Managers decide the strategy. Architects decide the technical direction. Developers decide the implementation. Daily.

Decisions require accurate information

Effective decision making requires accurate information. But, software systems are large. Thus, manual inspection does not scale. You need analysis tools.

Details are essential

Software systems are complicated in specific ways. The system details are essential for your decisions. You need custom tools that provide the information that matters. Craft them.

Assessment is a human activity

Analysis tools are important to handle the scale of problems, but in the end, assessment is a human activity. Regardless of how smart the tools are, it is still the human that has to infer the relevant information and transform it into action.

Approach problems individually

Not all problems are created equal. Some are of continuous concern. They deserve daily attention. Some only appear once. These require different approaches. Learn their particularities. Deal with them individually.

Why a method?

Decisions are made everyday. It's just that the effort is implicit and unoptimised. Assessment must become explicit and made integral part of the overall process. You need to approach it systematically. You need a method.

  • Guiding a rename effort with GTInspector
    17 May 20154:09:41 pm by Tudor Girba
    After a debate on the Pharo mailing list, we ended up choosing to rename all variations of the example* pragmas to gtExample*. Furthermore, as a second step, we also wanted all methods annotated with gtExample* to start with an example prefix because this would not conflict with the behavior from th...
  • Adding Magritte forms in GTInspector
    15 May 201511:35:59 pm by Tudor Girba
    Magritte is a meta-engine that can be instantiated for any Pharo object. One of its applications is that of generating forms out of the meta-descriptions to enable the user to manipulate the values of an object. These forms can be rendered in multiple ways, such as a web form. Given that the engine ...
  • Checking for uniformity in SVN from Pharo
    4 May 201511:36:44 pm by Tudor Girba
    In an effort to ease continuous delivery for a system, we needed to ensure that all installation projects (for various sites and customers) had a uniform structure. Specifically, after refactoring the package assembly part of the continuous delivery pipeline, we wanted to ensure that all installatio...