Process Improvement Opportunities

Code ownership can be maintained in the long term only if there is a solid high-level architecture with clear, explicit interfaces. This project should work to make their architecture more explicit, and to better formalize the interfaces. This will become increasingly important as development moves from initial product formulation to ongoing evolution.

Right now, there is no clearly identified role in this project to conduct arms-length black-box testing for faults. They are aware of this problem and are addressing it.

Bell Laboratories modular building construction may not be the most conducive to the team interactions that seem to nourish this team. Alternative architectures and room configurations might support the necessary interworking while maintaining the sense of "space" and privacy that has long been a valued aspect of the Bell Labs culture.