If you’ve ever had a hard time understanding your colleagues or other stakeholders when developing or delivering software, speaking in different “languages” or using the same terms while meaning completely opposite things, this material might be useful for you.
“If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” — Edwards Deming
DRY (an acronym for “Don’t repeat yourself”) is a principle of software development aimed at reducing repetition of software patterns, replacing it with abstractions or using data normalization to avoid redundancy. [Wikipedia]
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AIFORSE Framework (AIFORSE_xF)
AIFORSE Framework (AIFORSE_xF) is a suite of best practices and standards that enables and utilizes artificial intelligence for effective and efficient software engineering.
It enables you to assess and optimize performance using a proven, data-oriented approach to operations and integration. The practical tools available in AIFORSE_xF help improve end-to-end management of services across complex environments.
AIFORSE_xF is aimed to improve agility in product development, solution delivery, and outsourcing Processes, resulting in increased margins, lower costs, and optimal customer experience. AIFORSE_xF is created and evolved by AIFORSE Community members.
AIFORSE_xF also includes adoption best practices to help companies implement and use the standards and management best practices to ensure ongoing conformance.
Software Engineering Enterprise Processes Map
This is the high-level (L0) Map of all the main processes, related to production and delivery of software solutions by companies of a different type, size and specialization, independent on a software type, chosen methodologies and implementation practices. It can be used by both Product and Outsourcing Software Companies to align internally as well as with Customers, Partners, and Investors on the main Software Engineering related activities, which shall be planned, organized, run and managed.
Main Layers: Software Engineering and Solution Delivery
The main Layers of the AIFORSE Framework Software Engineering Process Map, which are the most related to the Software Production Operations are:
- Project Layer
- Product Layer
- Service Layer
- Resource Layer
They define the levels at which Organizations operate, and provide capabilities to synchronize the corresponding activities.
It combines Elements of lower level Layers (Products, Services, Resources) for a defined Customer, Timeline, Scope, and Budget.
It covers any Software with defined Users, Business Cases, and Functional Capabilities.
The Service Layer is responsible for any Operations (Manual or Automated), related to the creation or maintenance of Software (Design, Coding, Testing etc.).
It holds everything related to used or produced Resources (Logical or Physical), related to the creation, use or maintenance of Software (Workforce, Infrastructure, Artifacts etc.).
Start using the Map right now – self-check if all the operations are covered in your Company.
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The next release will describe each element in more details and provide the definition of processes at the next (L1) Level of Decomposition.