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Podcast: Peter Thorne Discusses Hot Trends in Product Lifecycle Engineering Tools

SPK and Associates co-founder Chris McHale speaks with Peter Thorne, director at Cambashi, a Cambridge, England-based independent industry analyst firm. With his over 30 years of experience as a software engineer user, vendor, and now analyst, Peter's in a great...

Continuous Integration Best Practice: Including a Version Number in Builds

Building software source code is an integral part of continuous integration and is the backbone of developing useful software. By “build”, I mean that the source code needs to be received as input to a compiler and a binary of some sort emitted for the software to...
Software Development Best Practices: Code Reviews – Part 3

Software Development Best Practices: Code Reviews – Part 3

In this third and final installment of my three-part software engineering best practices series on code reviews, we will look at the various tools available to facilitate the code review process. We've already looked at the benefits of code reviews and why conducting...

5 Continuous Integration Best Practices to Consider

5 Continuous Integration Best Practices to Consider

This week we would like to have a look at some continuous integration best practices. The list presented here is not exhaustive, and was inspired by a larger post on the topic at:  http://www.thoughtworks.com/continuous-integration Our purpose is to expand on some of...

How to create Column Contexts for PTC Integrity documents

How to create Column Contexts for PTC Integrity documents

One handy feature of PTC Integrity is the column context. Through the use of the column context a user can easily change what document columns are presented to them in the document view based on the role or task they are performing. For example, by default a column...

Where Does ALM fit into the World of PLM?

Where Does ALM fit into the World of PLM?

Historically, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) has its roots in mechanical and electrical engineering, specifically the automotive industry. Its use was pioneered to manage a product (for instance, a car) from inception and on through computer-aided design (CAD),...

Software Development Using Kanban

Software Development Using Kanban

Software Development Using Kanban The SPK development team engages with customers utilizing agile principals. This typically means incremental sprint deliveries of code as part of a scrum model. At a recent engagement, we employed an interesting variation of this...

How Code Reviews Reduce SDLC Costs

How Code Reviews Reduce SDLC Costs

Bugs can be introduced anywhere in the software development lifecycle, from the early stages (requirements gathering etc) right up to the final shipping of the project. The most expensive types of bugs to fix are those introduced earliest and fixed latest. For...