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Vijay Narayanan is a systematic reuse evangelist building reusable data services and business process automation components. He has worked on several software projects ranging from single user systems to large, distributed, multi-user platforms with several services. He is a technologist focusing on software reuse, agile development, and Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Vijay is a DZone MVB and is not an employee of DZone and has posted 42 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

Continuously Explore and Execute on Project Synergies

01.28.2013
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Managing delivery risk is one of the key risks with pursuing systematic reuse. How can your teams mitigate that risk yet make progress on the reuse front? The trick is to keep moving – pro-actively, continuously explore synergies across projects and align project delivery. 

Here are some common areas to explore areas of synergy across projects:

  • Requirements – this is the most overlooked part of systematic reuse – if multiple projects exhibit common/similar/overlapping requirements – this is the most rewarding and domain-aligned minefield of reuse candidates. Focus not only on technical / infrastructure requirements but also domain specific ones including logic specific to a region/country – internationalization and locale-specific components are examples. 
  • Integration across systems – common message formats, alerting, exception handling, monitoring – several projects will need to address these areas.
  • Providing data that is used again and again – whether it is static table code sets or common repository of customer information – data services and access interfaces can be leveraged across projects quite easily
  • Binding components that act as the bridge or “glue” between open-source/proprietary software with your internal enterprise are invaluable reuse candidates.
  • Organizing and accessing test data – many projects have bespoke approaches for sourcing, organizing, and integrating test data into unit and regression tests. Synergies will save valuable time during testing but also is quite often necessary as functionality starts to span across multiple areas within the domain

Alignment on delivery may not always be possible – business priorities do and need to take precedence – but that shouldn’t stop your teams from exploring these routes.

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