3Pillar Competency Centers: Developing a Uniform Engineering Approach

As a software product development partner that works with clients to rapidly design, develop, and iterate custom software products, 3Pillar’s development teams have the good fortune to work on a diverse portfolio of client engagements. We’re currently performing work for roughly 70 clients, and we are deploying products that utilize a wide variety of technologies, including iOS, Java, .NET, Python, HTML, CSS, and Ruby on Rails, just to name a few.

The challenge for a company like ours, whose charter is to partner with clients to bring their software products to life, is maintaining a unified approach to software development as opposed to a siloed one. That’s why we’ve made great strides, as Colin deSa wrote about in his most recent blog post, in implementing company-wide engineering standards and practices by way of Competency Centers that revolve around core 3Pillar technologies. One of the main purposes of these Competency Centers is to ensure that we not only view every single client engagement through the same lens, but also that we run all projects using the same development methodology and engineering approach.

For our clients, this means we provide teams that deliver on our promise of rapidly bringing revenue-producing software products to market. That’s why our management team has seen fit to invest in internal training for all our developers in these core technologies, and it’s why members of our Competency Centers throughout the world are compiling an extensive Wiki of engineering best practices and training tutorials.

Just a few of the best practices we have implemented to ensure our engineering approach is the same no matter what the technology or where the work is being done include:

  • Architecture best practices
  • Java design patterns
  • Java coding guidelines
  • Mock testing with Mockito
  • Testing with DBUnit
  • Top 10 iOS Coding practices

Keep an eye on this space for more blog posts from my fellow Competency Center Leads on some of the other ways 3Pillar is investing in the future.

Eddie Ishaq

Eddie Ishaq

Senior Software Engineer & iOS Competency Center Lead

Edward “Eddie” Ishaq is a Senior Software Engineer at 3Pillar Global and the head of our iOS Competency Center. Eddie has a passion for designing and developing custom apps from the ground up. At 3Pillar, he was worked primarily on a custom iPad app that 3Pillar created for a defense contractor as a proof-of-concept fleet maintenance tool. He has spent more than 10 years working in the software industry, and his specialties in addition to developing iPad apps include working with continuous integration, designing projects, optimizing web servers, PHP, MySQL, Ajax, JQuery, and CSS.

Leave a Reply

Related Posts

Costovation – Giving Your Customers Exactly What They ... On this episode of The Innovation Engine podcast, we delve into “cost-ovation,” or innovation that gives your customers exactly what they want – and n...
AI & Machine Learning Will See You Now, and Other Takea... A 3Pillar team and I spent a few days in Santa Clara recently for the 12th annual Health 2.0 Conference. As usual, we spent some time after the confer...
DevSecOps – The Latest Trends in Application Security ... I spent a very rewarding couple of days at DevSecCon in Boston recently. The conference focused on DevSecOps, which is a catch-all phrase for addressi...
Designing the Future & the Future of Work – The I... Martin Wezowski, Chief Designer and Futurist at SAP, shares his thoughts on designing the future and the future of work on this episode of The Innovat...
Selecting The Minimum Viable Toolset for Product Managers Recently I was attending a machine learning conference and during a break, found myself deep in conversation with fellow product managers. As is typic...