Everyone has a voice 

​One of the challenges that Technical Leads face that isn’t always easy to resolve is making sure the whole team is involved in decisions.  There is a large overlap between people who can think in code and people who are shy around other people. For some, the enthusiasm of the former can overcome the latter, … More Everyone has a voice 

Story points over times in estimates, and the power of abstraction over teams

On a previous project, I had a long-running discussion with several stakeholders about using story points over time estimates, because how could I know that we were going to deliver without a deadline? I started using time estimates on a previous project because one release failed to deliver, and so I decided we needed a … More Story points over times in estimates, and the power of abstraction over teams

Divergence: bid estimates vs planning estimates 

​Fixed price bids need to control scope, and make assumptions to meet that bid. Fixed price bids never survive contact with reality. The first thing I do with those assumptions when delivering a project is pull those assumptions onto the plan, because every one is an unanswered question that needs to be validated, and each … More Divergence: bid estimates vs planning estimates 

Bad change : The rock star developer and dealing with unexpected change

Have you ever worked with a developer who knows everything? The one who does a bit of tinkering in the evenings and weekends, and when the rest of the team come in, they can’t find anything in the code? Yes, it’s a bit neater, but it’s a lot more broken, because it’s less readable, because … More Bad change : The rock star developer and dealing with unexpected change

Event Horizon : When sharpening the code means missing bug zero.

A great programmer sees software as a craft, honing a perfect solution from a sea of binary logic. Good software is beautiful outside and in, and even on a large scale is simple enough that there are no obvious bugs. They produce software that is precise and clean down to the last detail, continually improving … More Event Horizon : When sharpening the code means missing bug zero.

Developers are Users Too : Why the User Experience of Your API sucks #yourapisucks

Many thanks to those of you who came along to my talk on why your API sucks. There were some great discussions during and after, and I hope I’ll be seeing slightly fewer reasons to tear my hair out in the near future. A few things that people mentioned that I want to discuss again, … More Developers are Users Too : Why the User Experience of Your API sucks #yourapisucks