Ddd.scot panel sessions and lightening talks

I’ve been selected for 2 sessions at DDD Scotland this year. There’s no presentation from me, but I’ll be chairing a panel, and appearing on another, so plenty of opportunities to answer questions. This is a new thing for ddd.scot, as well as the lightening talks stream to help you practice public speaking, or just … More Ddd.scot panel sessions and lightening talks

Cloud thinking : storage as data structures

We’ve all experienced the performance implications of saving files. We use buffers, and we use them asynchronously. Azure storage has Blobs. They look like files, and they fail like files if you write a line at a time rather than buffering. But they’re not files, they’re data structures, and you need to understand them as … More Cloud thinking : storage as data structures

My 2017 in review

After the whirlwind of 2016, 2017 looked like a quieter year. Fewer talks, some interesting and rewarding challenges bringing a new product to market, and a chance to build and reflect on what it means to be a technical leader, to move jobs, and to be productively lazy. Although I notice there’s still a lot … More My 2017 in review

As a team lead …

As a team lead you need to know your team. You need to understand people. You don’t need to second guess them, you don’t need to micromanage them, but know what motivates them. Know what they need to perform at their best. What tools do they covet? What routines matter? Do they need precision? Do … More As a team lead …

User Experience : A quick introduction for developers

The following is an internal summary I wrote for a team that no longer exists, summarising a number of references from UXScotland, various book and blog posts. It extends the thoughts from my Pecha Kucha talk. For more details, please refer to the links throughout and the references at the bottom. The context here is … More User Experience : A quick introduction for developers

Clockwise : suggestions for managing your time

Plan ahead (with contingency) Whatever works for you – personal JIRA, Trello, stacked sticky notes, dead tree notebook Stay focussed Specify windows to check your email (e.g. first thing in AM and after lunch) and ignore emails until that window Rather than letting new tasks distract you, write them down, then continue on your current … More Clockwise : suggestions for managing your time