Nominees for the Codecraft Opus Award must be codebases with the following characteristics:
- Solves a hard problem of recognized value. (Doesn’t have to deliver world peace, but can’t be something frivolous like Angry Birds.)
- Has released publicly, at least once.
- Has delighted the whole value chain (engineers, business folks, and customers/users).
- Has 3 or more active contributors. (Could be coders, testers, etc).
- Has substantial size. (For example, thousands of lines of code).
- Demonstrates unusual craftsmanship in most or all of the following areas: architecture/design, implementation, testing, delivery. Nominees will need to provide evidence of characters such as:
- Exhibits clean, consistent encapsulation.
- Is well organized, named, commented, and documented.
- Hides complexity appropriately.
- Has a comprehensive test automation strategy.
- Uses continuous integration and continuous delivery.
- Has few bugs / is highly stable.
Nominees for the Codecraft Crescendo Award must be codebases with the following characteristics:
- Like an Opus nominee, solves a hard problem of recognized value, has released publicly, has 3 or more active contributors, and has substantial size.
- Has one or more long-standing, systemic problems that have created significant frustration throughout the value chain.
- Has been the target of an organized effort by multiple people to move the needle toward greater quality in important ways.
- Has multiple metrics that demonstrate that the effort to improve has yielded impressive results.
- Can demonstrate that the efforts have delighted key stakeholders.