Feature Builder Power Tool Future

The ‘Feature Builder Power Tool’ was originally built by the Visual Studio Architecture team as a component of an overall vision to deliver software factory tooling to enterprise customers. The work started in earnest in 2008, and the FBPT project concluded within about 6-8 months. The project had a grander vision, but never received further…

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We're Back

Apologies’, I’ve been somewhat away from the blogsphere for some time, and been meaning to get back into it. Something like ‘writer’s block’ has prevented that, so I am hoping to will that away presently. This first one ‘back’ has been very hard to frame, since there has been much to talk about. (I have…

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New Software Factories Community Site

I am a bit tardy on the blogs about this, but if you haven’t heard yet – we recently opened a new site dedicated to building and sharing a community of knowledge around Software Factories. http://sf.devrevolution.com/ Huge thanks to Martin Danner who has hosted the site for us, and Edward Bakker who has championed the…

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Packaging & Building Software Factories Series

We are happy to announce our latest white papers on Software Factory implementation. There is a small mini-series on the MSDN Architecture Center called "Packaging & Building Software Factories". There are two parts to the series: Part 1 – Packaging with Visual Studio 2005 Discusses how to package the various software factory project types (VSX,…

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Building Software Factories Series

MSDN has (finally) published the first part of our series on "Building Software Factories" on MSDN. Just a little worried that some of this content is now a little out of date considering we wrote it more than 6 months ago based upon our blog series Building Software Factories – Factories 201. However, the up…

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TechEd Europe 2007

For those big into Software Factories in Europe – it is TechEd Developers in Barcelona again! (November 7th) There are a few sessions on factories, including ours "ARC 301 – Build Your Own Software Factory" Software factories are emerging automation and guidance tools that address many of the chronic problems in building software for our…

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Lest We Forget

Just a quick study note. Now this could be my short post I have so desperately wanted to write for sometime! It dawned on me today that we may be losing sight of the big picture here. I am picking that a great number of people are confused by all this DSL, GAT and Software…

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Software Factory Verticalization (Specialization)

I have been meaning to write this post about software factory verticalization for some time now. I actually started this post at the start of the year, but we’ve been busy writing a number of MSDN white papers recently which have gotten in the way, which in retrospect has been good because some enlightenment has…

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Design & Manufacturing

Just a recent observation. Agile vs. Formal processes in the context of factories – any confusion there? It’s pretty much a given these days in software engineering we accept that we have been misled over the last couple of decades into believing that software development should follow a manufacturing process (see from your own experience the…

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Factories are - 'Big In Japan'

Edward and I have just finished delivering another TechEd, in Japan this time, on ‘Building Your Own Software Factory’.  It has been a very good trip with certainly some interesting experiences. It’s the first time we have delivered this session with live translation – and everyone here is extraordinarily polite. I found it particularly interesting that the Japanese…

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