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September 5, 2003
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TODAY'S WORD: synchronize-and-stabilize
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Synchronize-and-stabilize (sometimes just called sync-and-stabilize)
is a systems development life cycle model in which teams work in
parallel on individual application modules, frequently synchronizing
their code with that of other teams, and debugging (stabilizing) code
regularly throughout the development process. The sync-and-stabilize
model offers advantages over the older waterfall model, which is
strictly sequential in nature. Because sync-and-stabilize development
allows for changes at any point in the process, it can be flexible,
and more easily able to respond to market requirement changes.
The sync-and-stabilize approach was created by David Yoffie of
Harvard University and Michael Cusumano of MIT. Cusumano and Yoffie
studied commonalities between processes Microsoft used in developing
Internet Explorer and those Netscape Communications Corp. used in
developing Netscape Communicator. The researchers found that, among
other similarities, both companies compiled all the project code
nightly. They both also brought together all the components and tried
to stabilize code before it was released. Cusumano and Yoffie
integrated the successful common strategies of the two projects into
the sync-and-stabilize model.
At a recent XML Web Services One conference, Cusumano cited as-yet
unpublished research findings indicating that a majority of
development projects follow the sync-and-stabilize approach.
systems development life cycle model
SearchWebServices has an article called "Developers sink 'waterfall'
in favor of 'sync'."
TODAY'S TECH NEWS:
MICROSOFT PLANS NOVEMBER DEBUT FOR SMS 2003
Microsoft will release its long-awaited desktop management software,
Systems Management Server 2003, in November at a conference in
ORACLEWORLD TO REVOLVE AROUND GRID
Oracle Corp.'s newest database, named 10G in honor of grid
technology, will be the highlight of the company's annual U.S. user
conference, slated to begin Monday at San Francisco's Moscone Center.
Headed into the weeklong event, Robert Shimp, Oracle's vice president
of database marketing, talked with SearchDatabase.com about why the
whole OracleWorld revolves around grid computing.
HEWLETT-PACKARD TO ACQUIRE TALKING BLOCKS
In its latest move in the Web services market, Hewlett-Packard
announced Tuesday that it will acquire Talking Blocks, a maker of
service-oriented architecture (SOA) and management software.
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