News Feed
Sections




News Archive
Looking for more information on how to do PHP the right way? Check out PHP: The Right Way

Zend Developer Zone:
What is your project's Bus Factor?
January 05, 2011 @ 12:47:29

In this new post to the Zend Developer Zone Cal Evans asks open source projects and companies alike - "what's your bus factor?"

In a previous job I had it was the "Beer Truck" factor (you can see where our heads were) but the common term these days is Bus Factor. Put simply, it's your projects exposure to the risk of key members disappearing tomorrow. To be crude if your project can't survive a key member of your project being hit by a bus tomorrow then you have a very high "Bus Factor".

He points out that it's not just an open source problem, but something that companies should take into consideration as well. Technology groups are especially bad about having single developers consistently working on certain parts of a system. If the time comes that that developer can't do the work (bus, leaves company, etc), how much of an impact will that have? Cal suggests a few ways that it can be avoided including spreading the work around a bit more, moving developers to places in the codebase they don't know and avoiding the "black boxes" created by certain developers.

0 comments voice your opinion now!
busfactor opinion risk developer survival


blog comments powered by Disqus

Similar Posts

Job Posting: IOWA Interactive Seeks PHP/Javascript Programmer (Marina del Rey, CA)

Web Builder Zone: What we don't need in object-oriented programming

Wez Furlong\'s Blog: Oracle\'s PHP Developer of the year 2005

Lorna Mitchell: How NOT to Design Your API

Juozas Kaziukenas' Blog: Why I embrace PHP on Windows


Community Events

Don't see your event here?
Let us know!


community api laravel5 unittest library series threedevsandamaybe framework wordpress extension laravel interview opinion development language voicesoftheelephpant podcast introduction feature release

All content copyright, 2015 PHPDeveloper.org :: info@phpdeveloper.org - Powered by the Solar PHP Framework