It’s easy to be critical of managers. A few things to remember. Point 0 - Most people in management roles want to do a good job, but may not know what to do or how to do it...
I learned about Xpath 5 years ago, but I've really only seen enterprise usage in just the past few weeks. Therefore, I wanted to write about Xpath 2.0 and the enterprise experience.
When creating something of value, the first people we care about are those who will get value from the product we create. I call these Consumers. These are the users and those who are affected by the work of the users.
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I’m at the Much Ado About Agile conference this week, in beautiful Vancouver. During lunch one day, one of the conference participants started talking about premature optimization of code.
No matter how fast you are, there will always be more work for you: so deliver a sustainable amount of value, because it's your job to avoid destroying the system for short-term needs.
Joel Cochran experiments with a few standing desk strategies and settles on a desk that moves up and down. You should check out the pics. It's pretty cool.
Measuring something meaningful is hard, so let’s measure something that is meaningless but easy. Like your hours at work!
If you really want to learn something, write a book about it. It doesn’t take long. After two months of plomping my arse down repeatedly I finally finished my d3.js book. Or rather, I finished the first drafts.
After reading Tao of Twitter and Return on Influence written by Mark, and Stanford’s reputation, my expectations were high.
None of us would be very good developers if we never had arguments about The Best Way to Do Things. But I've had enough silly arguments about tabs-versus-spaces to last me the rest of my life. When should we stop arguing and start writing code?
I’ve started work on some new videos and this time it’s all about Agile Estimating, Planning and Contracts. This is the obvious next step having completed Scrum101, and I’m apply some of the lesson that I learned.
Large-scale software and systems development involves a complex mix of people, teams, technologies, skills, architectures, and organizational structures that must all interact for projects to reach their goals. However, many organizations struggle to scale up agile approaches for their various programs, products, and services.
The moments when excitement builds throughout the whole team at the delight of discovery and creativity are precious. These moments feel like play rather than work and they breed openness and courage. So what conditions must exist for these moments to happen? Here’s some ideas...
Developers are very logical and analytical. In the world of DiSC, which is a behavior assessment tool, most programmers fall into the D (Dominance) or C (Conscientiousness) categories.