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- Author(s)Kevin Jenkins,Richard Hopkins
- PublisherPearson Education (US)
- Date of Publication29/04/2008
- GenreComputing: General
- Place of PublicationArmonk
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintIBM Press
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight416 g
- Width153 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Table Of ContentsForeword by Grady Booch xv Foreword by Chris Winter xvii Preface xxi Acknowledgments xvii About the Authors xxix Part One Introducing Brownfield Chapter 1 Eating Elephants Is Difficult 3 Chapter 2 The Confusion of Tongues 23 Chapter 3 Big-Mouthed Superhero Required 37 Chapter 4 The Trunk Road to the Brain 65 Chapter 5 The Mythical Metaman 89 Part Two The Elephant Eater Chapter 6 Abstraction Works Only in a Perfect World 109 Chapter 7 Evolution of the Elephant Eater 133 Chapter 8 Brownfield Development 143 Chapter 9 Inside the Elephant Eater 165 Chapter 10 Elephant Eater at Work 203 Index 215
- Author BiographyRichard Hopkins is an Executive IT Architect for IBM's services business. Over the past eleven years he has delivered a wide variety of systems, including a biometric-based national identity card system, a credit card account services system, and a customer management system for a national government. Tens of thousands of users and millions of customers use his systems every day. In recent years he has grown frustrated with the ability of standard methods and tools to deal with the accumulated business and IT complexity he wrestles with every day. Rather than compromise with the standard Greenfield approaches, which ignore this complexity and pretend the world is one of fluffy clouds, Richard opted instead for an engineering-based Brownfield approach that embraced the complexity. The patented and ground-breaking innovations he and his team made as a result are now being used worldwide on a variety of complex projects. These innovations are published for the first time in Eating the IT Elephant. Richard is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET). He also chaired the technical definition of the BioAPI standard from 1998-2000. BioAPI is the de-facto programming standard of the biometrics industry. Kevin Jenkins is an Executive IT Architect for IBM's services business. Over the past seventeen years he has delivered numerous systems as diverse as air traffic control systems to e-commerce engagements. This variety of scale of systems, both in size and duration, allowed him to get a real-life view of the advantages and disadvantages of large- and small-scale developments and methods. When he came together with Richard on an engagement to deliver a customer management system for a government agency, he had a chance to bring his experience with these different development methods to improve the success rate of this large project. In order to meet timescales, he utilized a model-driven solution to complete a large part of the delivered system, which offered a fast means to deliver the solution. This started Kevin thinking of extending this to the generation of the complete solution--and the idea of Brownfield was born. Over the following years he collaborated with Richard in developing the Brownfield.
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