Always be finished

I’ve been living on a building site for a while, at home and at work. The work at the office above ours was ambitious, chaotic, noisy, messy and overran. It was a challenging project, turning a “derilict” into a funky new office. Home was a simpler proposition, a greenfield site, with a well tuned team … More Always be finished

Naughtonomy

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 grok a new domain

One of the under appreciated aspects of software development is the number of different domains many of us work in over our careers, especially those working in consultancy. Software, generally, is straightforward, especially for the majority writing text boxes over databases. Not necessarily easy, but if you’re able to understand logical thought, and decomposition, picking … More How to grok a new domain

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

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.