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Monday, August 7 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Sustainable Legacy Code Refactoring: A Systematic and Stepwise Approach (Amr Noaman) Popular

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One of the most painful activities in software development is maintaining extremely poor legacy code. Teams transitioning to Agile suffer from challenges like moving towards shorter iterations with limited time for regression testing, trying to cover poor code with automated tests, prioritizing which refactorings to apply on which code, and convincing managers with the value of refactoring.
In this session, I will present a simple, sustainable, and stepwise approach. This approach divides the effort to refactor legacy code into three stages:
  1. Quick-wins; simple and least risky enhancements
  2. Divide-and-conquer the code into functional, utility, and architectural components, with identified and clear component interfaces
  3. Inject-quality-in the code by wrapping components with automated tests
I will also give an overview of several experiments and case studies applying this approach and will present some interesting observations and insights about refactoring legacy applications. Finally, if time allows, I will drive you through some of the key roadmap activities to refactor (or tame) a large cluttered code base.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Learn about techniques to handle large backlog of technical debt in a gradual and sustainable way
  • Learn how to make refactoring visible and valuable and how to engage managers in large refactorings
  • Get to know famous techniques for "code componentization"
  • Learn how to harness technical changes for the overall product competitiveness


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Amr Noaman

Co-Founder & Principal Consultant, Agile Academy
Over the last 7 years, Amr’s primary role was to spread agile awareness and lean thinking in software organizations in Egypt and the Middle East. Amr is the co-founder of Agile Academy and Egypt's Lean & Agile Network, one of the largest Agile communities in the Middle East. In... Read More →

Monday August 7, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm EDT
Wekiwa 7&8