2018 in review

It’s been a big, small year for me. Big personally with a new job, but smaller publicly, although I’m now in a position to make more time for conferences following DDD Scotland and CodeCraftConf this year. I’m still adjusting to agency life, but that might be because it’s been a big, amazing year for Screenmedia. … More 2018 in review

My 2017 in review

After the whirlwind of 2016, 2017 looked like a quieter year. Fewer talks, some interesting and rewarding challenges bringing a new product to market, and a chance to build and reflect on what it means to be a technical leader, to move jobs, and to be productively lazy. Although I notice there’s still a lot … More My 2017 in review

Peer Reviews and Feedback

Peer review is an essential component of a functional team producing quality software. It allows knowledge transfer, stops obvious and sometimes not-so-obvious bugs reaching production, and it aligns everyone to process and coding standards. In some companies, “peer review” is manager driven. The technical lead or architect reviews the code, and no-one else can. They … More Peer Reviews and Feedback

Sense and Respond by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden

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

“Why Agile Works” review

Coming from an Enterprise background in a previous life, of the cascading-waterfall, multiple-signoff, change-control, duelling-project-manager variety, this was a fascinating book.  This is a book about Agile For Enterprises. Not for the teams like mine that carved an agile garden in a world of fixed-price contracts. This is for the managers who want to know where … More “Why Agile Works” review

My 2016 in review

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