Take your laptop home

The modern workplace demands flexibility. Sometimes to accommodate work, because international companies need to work to international timezones. Sometimes to accommodate life. Don’t discount good staff because they have childcare duties, or other demands on their non-work time. 9 to 5 isn’t the only way, so long as people do the work and are involved … More Take your laptop home

Bad change : re-opened tickets and the neverending change

One reason I don’t trust change is when that change has no defined end goal. When a change is requested, and the ticket completed, but it then enters a cycle of scope-creep that means the ticket can never be closed. They often start with something simple e.g. “can you improve the performance of this search”, … More Bad change : re-opened tickets and the neverending change

Just-in-time planning

I’m thinking about the planning and estimation process deeply, because it’s taken up a lot of my time on fixed-price projects. I think my biggest problem at the moment is trying to square the circle of the 4 purposes for the planning and estimation we are currently doing, in order of detail : scoping, horizon … More Just-in-time planning

What engineers want

How to keep engineers interested, and understand the people the company is so keen to tell us are the core of the business : engineers love problems, keep the work interesting; engineers are creative. Give them space to do so; engineers need autonomy to do the above; we do the work we do because no-one … More What engineers want