How to Consistently Hire Remarkable Technical Roles

How to Consistently Hire Remarkable Data Scientists – First Round Review. Yes, this article focuses on the Big Data disciplines, but read it carefully whether you hire them or any other role. The principles in this article are easy to tease out from the Data Science specific parts. I was also privileged enough to experience […]

The Unintended Consequenses of Too Many Choices

You Too May Be A Victim Of Developaralysis | TechCrunch. Great article, told from a coder’s viewpoint. So many languages, libraries and frameworks is a real problem. What it missed is the effect on operations. Here’s a common scenario for large, nimble organizations. Let’s say there are 300 developers, in 50 teams, in 5 divisions […]

Testing? What? Why?

There’s a lot of opinion out there that software testing is a dying practice and for many, needs to go. Folks with that opinion cite reasons like, “it’s obstructive”, it’s too expensive”, “Testing doesn’t find enough bugs to justify its use”, etc. I have to say that having seen many shops and how they test, […]

Avoid “Confirmation Bias” Getting In the Way of Finding Bugs

Read this – A Magician’s Best Trick: Revealing a Basic Human Bias – WSJ. This is another reason why it is wise to use a separate person, team, or group to “do quality assurance”. Confirmation bias is built into a developer’s DNA. We use it to stay on task. It is a critical attribute that makes […]

Read This Before Educating Your Business Sponsors

This article – How to debunk false beliefs without having it backfire – Vox. The fundamental guidance here is to – “Affirm that they’re not idiots… [so] that they don’t feel attacked” – I’ll add that you can never convince anyone of anything by treating them like idiots, let alone your sponsors “… you can avoid […]

Staff All Crazy & Burning Out? Get SAFe – Scaled Agile Framework

I just went through a day of information gathering to see what this SAFe thing was all about and have come away with real, actionable, well balanced knowledge about large scale digital work management. The Scaled Agile Framework is just that, a framework, and like ITIL should only be used as a framework to start […]

Employers Will Have to Raise Wages. They Just Don’t Know It Yet. – NYTimes.com

Employers Will Have to Raise Wages. They Just Don’t Know It Yet. – NYTimes.com. Yes, painful for any employer. The last 7 years have been a time where productivity has risen significantly. We are more productive than ever before. However, just like anything there are limits. In our industry, two big factors have driven productivity; […]

Optimizing Your App? Remember the Unstated Features

Good requirements are key to the success of your apps. We all know that and spend a ton of time figuring out how to ensure that this happens, from the gathering of the requirements to the User Acceptance Testing done either by your test team or your customers. To be sure that your sponsors and […]