Everyone loves a maverick. The one who bends the rules, who gets the job done. Who leaves fireworks in his wake (it’s always a man) and doesn’t mind breaking a few chickens to make an omelette. The people who rescue the projects in a tailspin, who shout loud and carry a big stick. What happens … More Sometimes the greatest challenge of leadership is making your boss understand what you do all day
Sense and Respond: How Successful Organizations Listen to Customers and Create New Products Continuously by Jeff Gothelf My rating: 5 of 5 stars Having read Lean UX, I was expecting a good book on how organisations could deliver projects. This book is about much more than that. The authors are coming from a point of … More Sense and Respond by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden
Reducing waste is one of the key concerns of agile development, and is a defining character for Kanban, where blockages are ruthlessly identified and resolved. Timeboxing provides a low-cost means of identifying waste and a framework for tackling it, but doesn’t provide many solutions on its own. For tasks that continually cause blockages, such as … More Reducing waste by automation
If you’re not paying, you’re the product. But you’re not. In security, we talk about 2-factor authentication, where 2 factor is 2 out of 3 : who you are, what do you know, and what do you have. Who you are is the product, a subset of a target market for advertising, or a data … More Privacy is not your only currency
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
Did you learn something? Did you stretch yourself? Did you challenge your assumptions, or your practices? Do you feel like you achieved something last week? Did the frustrations inspire you to make it easier next week? Did you share them with others, in the pub, or on your blog, so others can learn from your … More Did you have a useful week?
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
Finally, you’re ready to launch, you’ve integrated the API, you’ve decoded the documentation, you have passing integration tests, and FAT passed against their test server, with their test data. You go live. And everything breaks. Strawman testing Sometimes the test data or the API out of sync with live, and you find you’ve been testing … More Your API sucks : testing