Archive | April, 2013

Transition Support Systems. And Wile E Coyote.

“So. Someone called you the Wile E Coyote of transitions. You’ve come a long way from writing about working in global and virtual projects to being compared to a cartoon character that straps itself to rockets to catch a bird. Respect. Really. Great job.” It’s all the same, Darwin.* [*Yes, I have conversations with my […]

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Geek Reading April 19, 2013

I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my Google Reader feeds. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. Airbnb Open Sources Rendr, A Library For Running Backbone.js […]

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No Place for Bugs to Hide

We talk about “bugs” in software as if they were caused by some unavoidable, blood-thirsty third-party that invades our pristine code, much as ants might attack a sweet picnic basket or mosquitoes an exposed neck. But while bugs seems to be both unavoidable and blood-thirsty, they of course aren’t coming from anywhere but our own […]

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Geek Reading April 5, 2013

I have talked about human filters and my plan for digital curation. These items are the fruits of those ideas, the items I deemed worthy from my Google Reader feeds. These items are a combination of tech business news, development news and programming tools and techniques. It’s alive! Researchers use 3D printer to create human-like […]

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Free ebook: The Context Machine: Leading CloudWorkers

In the summer of 2010 I wrote a series of posts on this blog called The Context Machine that was my attempt to answer the following riddle… “If you are a Project Manager that operates for a short period of time in a foreign organization, with a global team you don’t know, in a domain […]

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Projects Are Not The Problem

A lot of folks in the agile community feel like projects and project managers are a big part of the problem we have delivering software. My view is that projects are not really the problem… it’s projectized organizations that are the problem. Projectized organizations form when we have people organized into functional silos and assign […]

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Estimating with Tee Shirt Sizes

I occasionally encounter the use of t-shirt sizes (Small, Medium, Large, or so on) in use as estimating units by teams. T-shirt sizes are an OK approach to getting started with relative estimating, but they suffer from two severe weaknesses: They aren't additive. You cannot tell a boss you'll be done in 3 mediums, 4 […]

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Announcing Garnet, A Pure Non-Functional Language

April 1, 2013 There’s nothing as thrilling as announcing a new programming language: a new hammer for all the professional nails you might encounter. And this is possibly the most efficient, most effective programming language ever designed: Garnet. Garnet is the first Pure Non-Functional language. According to Andy Hunt, the secret to it’s breathtaking efficiency […]

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