Rob Moffat
Rob Moffat Author of Risk-First Software Development. Developer. Working in the UK.

Risk-First: Introduction

Scrum, Waterfall, Lean, Prince2, DevOps: what do they all have in common?

One perspective is that they are individual software methodologies, offering different approaches on how to build software.

However, here, we are going to consider a second perspective: that building software is all about managing risk, and that these methodologies are acknowledgements of this fact, and they differ because they have different ideas about which are the most important risks to manage.

Hopefully, after reading through some of the articles here, you’ll come away with:

  • An appreciation of how risk underpins everything we do as developers, whether we want it to or not.
  • A framework for evaluating software methodologies and choosing the right one for the task-at-hand.
  • A new way to look at the software development process: it’s an exercise in managing different kinds of risk.
  • The tools to help you decide when a methodology is letting you down, and the vocabulary to argue for when it’s a good idea to deviate from it.

Questions Answered


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