- Idea - Decide you want to plant something and read up on what you're planting.
- Design - Sun? Shade? Raised bed?
- Coding - Watering,fertilizing, repotting and transplanting.
Sometimes putting into words the practices you use can expose obvious flaws where you needimprovementsand provide a starting point for introducing new practices in to your development. Analogies are often used to express sometimes foreign, sometimes complex ideas by bringing them in to a realm that is familiar. Idea My development is fueled with an idea. The idea sometimes bad, sometimes good, and rarely great, but nonetheless this is where I start. The idea usually stems from a problem. I want to be able to do Foo or I'd really like if Bar was able to do this. What ever it maybe, I think it is important to take the time to outline your idea. Give yourself some initial requirements. Give yourself some structure to build on. You need a solid foundation for a project to be seen to completion and even with that, most fail to make it. Now don't get me wrong, I am not saying you need a full set of business requirements with risk analysis, input from legal, hiring a marketing firm to ensure there issufficientmarket share to capture to justify the risk of development. I am just saying you need to have some kind of outline, some set of initial requirements, your motivation. They are easy to create and it only takes a minute. Once it makes it past the idea stage, it means I've written down on paper. I've created a loose set of requirements for the project and I still think it is a decent enough idea to continue. Design The design process is unique beast. There is plenty of reading material out there about design and about architecting software. I am by no means a great architect. I know enough UML to not be confused by it, but I couldn't punch my way out of a wet Visio box. My approach to design is brief at best. I hop a plane to 30,000 ft and look around. I make some notes of that obvious things I see. Oh look a Factory Pattern, oh look a white fluffy Strategy pattern, hey that skyscrapper looks a lot like a Reactor pattern and that lake looks like a Facade. I like patterns, even though some people seem to think they hinder innovation and developers coming up with new awesomeness. I make some notes and polish my lead balls to ensure my development compass points North. That is it. As a rule of thumb, I try to spend no more than a day on this phase. Depending on the scope of the project and the requirements you may require more or less time, but that is really up to your gut. As soon as you feel comfortable laying down code, start laying down code. Now The Analogy -GrowingSoftware. I am a giant fan boi when it comes to test driven and agile processes, I mix and match the different processes to meet my needs. My favorite anology I use to describe my process of what I like to call organic development, involves growing plants. I am sure the term organic development already exists and means something completely different, but I don't care, I like it for this.