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Where does Aimo IT aim?

The path from a newly discovered business need to working software is riddled with pitfalls. Pitfalls that may grind a project to a screeching halt - or even worse, just slow it down until the budget is spent. Maybe twice.

The pitfalls come in a multitude a shapes and sizes. They emerge in early requirements analysis and initial communication with the customer. They lurk in architectural design and technological choices. And they proliferate in product development and change management as the project progresses.

With these risks, Aimo IT can help!

What does Aimo IT offer?

Productivity

Aimo IT knows what is required to deliver software solutions for the real need. Not a need found as a result of an exhaustive up-front analysis, but the need tried and validated with the customer. This means that the effort spent has been spent on needed features only.

Efficiency

Aimo IT knows how to gather requirements and manage change during a project. That means resources are spent exclusively on features that add value to the business. It also means utilizing the resources in a sustainable way, so that development speed is steady and predictable throughout the project.

Reliability

Aimo IT can build a development process that produces results at a sustainable pace and high quality. Developed features are complete and tested, with a predictable level of quality. No man-made system is perfect, but the risks for errors in running systems can be controlled and minimized with a well-defined development process.

Why would I want a coach?

Along the course of a software development project the development team is at the core of it all. In all project life cycle phases risks that have to do with team capability come into play.

At project kick-off the team may have trouble organizing the development environment and establishing working practices that support continuous improvement.

During development the team may struggle with architectural design and lose focus of the big picture, letting the system gradually sprawl into a complex beast that eventually drags the team's progress to crawl.

In maintenance or working with a legacy project the team may hit a wall with the challenge of changing a brittle and complex system that they don't know well enough, in fear of introducing unanticipated changes in unexpected parts of the system.

With these risks, Aimo IT can help!

Aimo IT knows what to focus on at project start-up, how to get the team up and running quickly, and how to establish practices that make the team's work easier and allows them to improve week after week.

Aimo IT can coach your team into working practices that, instead of complicating the system uncontrollably with new features, build a cohesive whole that allows sustaining the velocity of development feature after feature.

And finally, Aimo IT has the practices required to get to grips with poorly known, insufficiently tested and highly volatile code bases, and how to safely develop them further.

Make contact and find out how Aimo IT can best help you.

How do you do that?

A development team needs diverse skills to steer a software product reliably and predictably. Even skilled developers come from a variety of backgrounds, and not all environments promote practices that make development faster and safer in all conditions.

Aimo IT can expand your team's horizons with tools that allow new ways of working, and a fresh perspective on development. Make contact and find out the best way Aimo IT can help your team. Training packages from introductory sessions to multi-day workshops concentrating on your own domain of business are available. Ready packages for the the topics introduced below are available.

Domain-Driven Design

Successfully modeling the business you're in is one of the deciding factors for the durable success of a software system. Businesses are inherently complex, and software development needs to manage that complexity, instead of adding a layer of technical complexities on top of it. What it boils down to is unambiguous communication between project stakeholders, a single model of the business that is the same for all parties involved, and an implementation that actually explains how the business works. The end result is a system that in cohesive, comprehensible, and a natural fit for new features.

Aimo IT can show you how to boost productivity and joy of development by building and maintaining a healthy domain model.

Working with Legacy Code

Legacy code comes to be in two ways. One is the gradual erosion of code that is rarely touched, and the design on that part falling behind in time. The second case is a new team assigned to maintain an existing project, having little knowledge of the rationale behind the design decisions made in that project, and thus ill-equipped to keep the code cohesive (not to mention the lack of design that is evident in many projects). A variation of the latter case is a central part of a team changing project or company, and most of the remaining members being relatively new to the system.

The situation calls for solid practices on refactoring the code, making modifications with limited and enforced scope, and working in a way that as a side effect of developing new features transforms the system into a manageable whole. Aimo IT has the tools for you.

Automated testing

A cornerstone of a healthy software project is an comprehensive set of automated tests and is run continuously. When something goes wrong, a flag needs to be raised immediately. This way reaction to problems is immediate on all levels of development - an individual developer who can rely on unit tests when working with a class, a team responsible for a module and able to see breaking interfaces in integration tests at once, and product managers who see clashing feature requirements as breaking behavior test.

Wondering what kind of testing provides most bang for your buck? Find it out with Aimo IT!

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