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Growing Software by Louis Testa

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Chapter 7. EVALUATING YOUR TOOLS AND METHODS

Modern software development requires that a set of key tools and methods be used to protect intellectual property, produce quality code, and manage operations efficiently. Although large companies can afford a large support staff to maintain tools and enforce the use of specific approaches, small companies do not often have that luxury.

Failing to protect your company's intellectual property is gambling with your company's assets and shareholder value. Intellectual property doesn't just refer to your company's code, it also includes how you build and release your product, your ideas and data, how you track defects (bugs) and the defect data, and what technical documentation you create. A large component ...

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