How To Read A Program
January 28, 2009 Steve Kilner
When you have to figure out a big, complicated program you’re not familiar with, what do you do? Can you explain the process you go through? If you’re a manager of people who maintain programs, what do you know about how they figure out programs? How are they doing it? Are they doing it efficiently? Correctly?
Research studies have shown that maintenance programmers spend about half their time trying to figure out the programs they are tasked with modifying. That’s half the maintenance budget. What can be done to improve this process, to increase quality, value delivered, and speed to