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bbc Eng Exc

5 October 2017

Software Engineering Excellence boost productivity

The BBC, who have a very substantial investment in technology, were keen to improve the quality of software development: to instil developers with the mindset of taking greater responsibility for the quality of code being produced, and adopting industry best practices for code maintainability, scalability, readability and so on.

The number of developers was approximately 300 and locations were split across the UK. Most had a mixture of skills including Java, PHP and Javascript.

Specifically, JBI were asked to consider the BBC’s Engineering Excellence initiative.

Following a series of interviews with BBC Technical Leads, JBI Training proposed the syllabus for three courses aimed at supporting Code Reviews, Non Functional Requirements and Continuous integration aspects of the Engineering Excellence Initiative.

Each course was just 1 day long, making up a 3-day modular programme for those who attended all courses.

This strategic training programme needed to deliver the paradigm shift, to help developers move towards this quality mindset. To help achieve the paradigm shift charismatic, inspiring instructors were needed, with technical “gravitas”. JBI were able to provide that – and much more.

Bespoke Courseware was written for the BBC and the training delivery programme commenced.

The courses were delivered over an elapsed period of approximately 18 months.

Instructor Led training classes of approximately 10 delegates at a time were run – these introduced the theory and were complimented by lab work and group exercises.

Feedback from early runs was used to hone content, pace and lab work, to ensure a quality delivery.

A dedicated JBI project manager was assigned to the BBC, to ensure training activities are understood, planned and delivered on time, and to the highest standard.

Client feedback was very positive and therefore a good outcome which matched the business objectives and contributed to higher software development standards and personal development of individual delegates.

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About the author: Craig Hartzel
Craig is a self-confessed geek who loves to play with and write about technology. Craig's especially interested in systems relating to e-commerce, automation, AI and Analytics.

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