Getting Developer Buy-in for Systematic Reuse

Too many systematic reuse initiatives fail because they fail to get their most important constituency. Below are a few tips to get developers to buy into reuse efforts.

Make every design and implementation artifact available for active engagement and feedback. If you say something must be used as a mandate – make sure your developers can actually use and benefit from that capability. This isn’t about functionality alone – it is about transparency, willingness to involve and incorporate a diverse set of ideas, and most importantly, inviting ongoing dialogue and feedback

Next key aspect is – Do you know the key developer pain points? Is it extensibility? Ease of integration? Testability? Performance? If you don’t really know then don’t thrust a reusable asset on them without working out candidate solutions. Get the developer community to help you be part of the overall solution- chances are, there are existing assets, already in production use. Don’t make he mistake of evangelising a mediocre solution that makes it more difficult for developers who have to work with your software day in and out.

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