A team sport Last year I've finally obtained the certificate of competency authorizing me to operate sailing yachts so I've spent a part of my long vacation on a boat. I love sailing. Sailing is pretty much about the experience and learning the right skills. Every moment on the water is different, and it's important … Continue reading A bunch of individuals doesn’t make a team
Just one more... Do you know the feeling of I'll compile it just one more time or I'll fix only this one more bug? The thought that suck you into few more hours of writing code? Then you notice there's no one working anymore or there's late at night already and there's high time to … Continue reading Take a break
I talked recently with one of my coworkers about software management. She pointed out that we should use common sense instead of management technologies or frameworks such as Scrum, Lean, Kanban, Iterative or Waterfall. She said: "we should do things normally, just based on common sense" Well, I disagree. Because: Common sense is not so … Continue reading Common sense is not so common
But Linus Torvalds wrote Linux all by himself, right? That's not exactly true. Linus wrote the first Linux kernel. But he didn't work all by himself even in the beginning. After he started, he asked the community for suggestions and ideas for the new features: Hello everybody out there using minix - I'm doing … Continue reading Software Development is pretty much about the Team
Today a short story about "A Man in a Ballon". Sad but often true. A Man in a Balloon A man in a hot air balloon realized he was lost. He reduced altitude and spotted a man below. He descended a bit more and shouted, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend … Continue reading A story about communication between dev and manager…
If you were hit by a bus tomorrow... If you were hit by a bus tomorrow (knock on wood) would your project get stuck? I still remember when one I worked on did. Well, I wasn't exactly hit by the bus, but from the project standpoint, it was close enough. We worked on an important … Continue reading If you were hit by a bus tomorrow would your project be dead in the water?
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I made an estimate... I took part in many projects, but there is one I particularly remember... As soon as I joined the team technical lead gave me a white paper with requirements and asked for estimates of a new functionality. Totally new. I was asked to estimate a chunk of the system (I had … Continue reading Estimates & different points of view. Business vs developers
Mind reading and predicting future techniques aren't fully developed yet. So lot's of software development projects is late. It get's better when the agile processes are successfully adapted but it's not always the case. There's always more work to be done in the project than we initially predicted. Business needs change, we misunderstand the expectations, estimation … Continue reading Developer under time pressure ? work faster : work better
It's not the ink—it's the think “It's not the ink—it's the think,” wrote Robert Mankoff (New Yorker cartoon editor), answering to the question how to get ideas for cartoons by people who want to submit them to The New Yorker. "There really is no trick—you just have to think of them" he said. It's the same in creating … Continue reading Inking and thinking in software development