I have stepped up to the plate to do a presentation next week at work.
Here’s the thing – we have a process. It’s all very shiny, involving the writing and running of unit tests, getting code reviews, etc. The problem is – only a select few seem to be making an effort to follow it, with oft cited reasons such as lack of time and resources when the proverbial shit hits the fan. After chatting to people, it seems that everyone agrees that the process is worth following. Just that the pressure from higher up to meet deadlines often seems to finish off any inclination to actually follow it.
I haven’t quite figured out how to go about this presentation yet. My aim is to actually get people to follow the process. I suspect that I’ll need to convince not the people in the room, but the people in charge of the people in the room. I’ve only been with this new company for a few months, and as a lowly software developer, I am lacking in political clout.
At this point, I think I’m having the meeting with the wrong people – will it be worth taking over the friday software development meeting just to have everyone agree with me, and still have no action taken? I need buy-in from the people higher up the food chain. Then again, maybe peer pressure from the ranks could help.
I’m still considering my approach, but I am looking forward to the challenge. Watch this space – I’ll no doubt be writing up another post about how it goes next week. If anyone has any suggestions on how to go about this, they would be much appreciated.