If you want a strong team of developers, give them autonomy. But what if they don’t want to take it? The ones in, or from, the big corporations who just won’t take the initiative? The ones who just want to be told what to do? I’ve said before that those are the waterfall people. The … More Naughtonomy

How to mentor 

​Once you start getting experience, you’ll find other developers asking for your help. I started tutoring at university so that I could help, and reflect and improve my own knowledge.  Mentoring isn’t about answers. It’s about learning how to find the answer. The most interesting problems we deal with are the ones that no-one knows … More How to mentor 

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 

Usable APIs follow-up

Following the Usable APIs guided conversation at CodeCraftConf, I wanted to capture some of the thoughts that came out. Starting an API (as a user or a developer) Does the API documentation include examples of usage (i.e. have they thought about the client) How mature is the API? How well maintained is it? How long … More Usable APIs follow-up