The TOP Model

Angelo Hulshout · April 14, 2006

Key to my work, and to the translated articles I’m publishing here is the TOP model. I’ll elaborate more on this later, but here’s a short description of the underlying idea of the model.

From experience, we know that human behaviour plays an important role in software engineering - after all, we are still humans creating software. The TOP model ( Technology, Organisation and Process) integrates these observations into a consistent and pragmatic view on the discipline. The delicate balance between three axes of the model determines the success of development projects. All important decisions must be made with the balance between the three axes in mind. The absence of synergy between technology, organisation and process works like sand in an engine.

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