Ransomware is a very aggressive attack. Whilst many espionage operations are about sneaking in and copying data without your knowledge, ransomware hits you over the head with a hammer to let you know you’ve lost your data. It’s not theft, it’s extortion. The big pro is that at least you know you’ve been breached, and … More How much data can you lose before you’re in trouble?
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
Whether your deadline is near or far, there will always be things on your team list that you don’t need to do. It’s tempting to take ownership of everything, all the servers, all the code, all the admin. As a team of top developers, you could also write a better timesheet management software than the … More Jettison sandbags to focus on your goal
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
Around 18 months ago, I decided I needed a new job. It took almost 8 months to find my current job, and I swayed between wanting to leave and wanting to stay. In the end I discovered that I was finding excuses to stay because I’d been there long enough, and made enough friends, to … More How do you know when it’s time to move job?
2016 was a big year for me. A new job, a new house and the first full year following the John Sonmez blogging course. I got back into public speaking, with my talk about APIs, and the follow-up usable APIs guided conversation at CodeCraftConf, although I missed out on the return of DDD Scotland. I … More My 2016 in review
In the comments to the previous Everyone Has A Voice post, I was asked to expand some more on the Lean Coffee Retrospective. It’s not a new idea, but it’s definitely one worth sharing in the hope that it helps others. I first encountered the Lean Coffee format at last year’s CodeCraftConf, and read about … More Lean Coffee Retrospectives
When things are tough, do them often, to get more practice, as Sky Betting discuss in their recent blog post. It’s certainly something that I’ve noticed as we’ve moved to more regular releases, more regular planning and reducing feedback cycles. One big thing I’m still learning how to do, where that doesn’t apply, is adding … More Bootstrapping new developers
Technology makes the world better. It promises to make our lives better. It will free us from work. Except “The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people click ads”. And tech lives in social bubbles as well as financial ones. Apps designed for silicon Valley don’t always travel to … More The tech diversity blind spot
In my thoughts about codecraft post, I mentioned that we’d discussed Code Reviews during the lean coffee session: The question was “How much should we nitpick in Code Reviews”, and I can easily see Code Reviews being a great guided conversation on its own, especially with the side discussions on what code reviews are for, … More Code Reviews