The speed of software releases

How fast do you want software released? I was part of a discussion this week week about the velocity of production software deployments. I didn’t use velocity in the context of estimating software but rather the benefits of a regular cadence to releases and the focus it brings to the testing effort. The velocity of the team affects the frequency Read More …

Open space – Private space

Open spaces in the office? I’ve started reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Part 1 of the book, titled “Extrovert Ideal”, suggests that American society is dominated by those who project, present, and socialize well with large groups. Cain gives examples and shows that extroverts are the people most likely Read More …

Using history to organize your teams

What does the history of man and the advancements of civilizations have to do with business? I recently followed a recommendation to read Jared Diamond’s book Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. The book was the winner of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction and provides theories and supporting arguments for why some civilizations throughout history Read More …

How to Set Android 5 Lollipop Notifications on Locked Screen

After I upgraded to Android version 5 Lollipop, visible notifications for new messages stopped showing when my screen was locked. I could hear the audible sound for notifications but the locked screen didn’t show what type of message had arrived. This is a new security setting in Android 5 and there are three settings to manage the notifications on locked Read More …

Let’s talk about #NoEstimates

Should we expect estimates for software development? There’s a movement called “No Estimates” that suggests there is a better way to develop software without using estimates as part of the process. In an interview with InfoQ, Woody Zuill states, “Personally for me, what No Estimates is about, is alternative ways to make decisions, that don’t require that we use estimates.” Read More …