bookmark_borderFive for Friday – August 5, 2022

I’m typing this week’s FfF from the Unity San Francisco office where I’ve been able to meet for the first time, people who have worked in my org for years. Fun stuff!

Meanwhile, here’s some stuff I found this week.

That’s it for this week – but who knows what else I’ll discover over the next 7 days.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – July 29, 2022

I hate to be cliché and talk about the weather, but it’s freaking hot here in the pacific northwest. I hope everyone is staying cool and safe. Here’s some stuff to read while you melt.

  • Going to lead off this week with two links on Modern Testing. First is a great article from Laura de Paz on the Modern Testing World. It’s an overview written far better than anything Brent or I could have done.
  • There’s been a bit of a twitter discussion lately on Modern Testing Principle Number 7, which reads: “We expand (testing) abilities and knowhow across the team; understanding that this may reduce (or eliminate) the need for a dedicated testing specialist.” We knew this one would always generate some conversation, and Ben Dowen shares a good set of thoughts in The 7th Principle of Modern Testing.
  • Melissa Eaden wrote a post this week on The Treasure Maps of Committed Code that I think will be interesting to a lot of readers.
  • I really like the idea of #anonymous-dev-confessions: Putting humour in humility, and wonder if other teams or orgs do something similar.
  • Finally – I came across the Engineering Effectiveness Handbook from okay this week, and think it’s interesting and cool and has a lot of great ideas for any engineering team.

Thanks again for reading – see you next week.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – July 22, 2022

Different week – same stuff. Long time readers probably find patterns in the things I like to read (or at least the things I like to share). Here’s what I found this week.

Have a great week – see you in seven.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday, July 15

Today was a day off for Unity, so I rode Side Hustle again (link in last week’s FfF). Overall, not a horrible week for me, even though the world continues to find ways to suck. Here are a few interesting links I found this week.

Thanks again for reading – come back in a week to see what other weird or interesting things I may find.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – July 8, 2022

Last week was one of those weeks where someone could write a FfF post – and then forget to actually post it…you know – hypothetically. This week is…better, but possibly because I took Thursday and today off. Here are some things I liked this week.

  • Either the thing I love about the pacific northwest – or more possibly, the thing that keeps me here, is proximity to hiking and biking. It’s about a 15 minute drive from my driveway to the parking lot at Tiger Mountain. I went there yesterday and had a chance to ride Side Hustle for the first time – and it is one of the best trails I’ve ever ridden.
  • Once again, the results from the Stack Overflow Developer Survey are out. One thing that stood out to me was the time developers spend, per-day on searching for answers.
Time spent per day searching for answers

And that’s all for this week! This time, I’m pretty sure I can post this on Friday. Thanks again for reading, and have a great weekend.

bookmark_borderDAMMIT!!! Five for Friday – July 1, 2022

A twitter follower just told me that my five for friday didn’t show up. Yes, I’ve been busy, but mostly just dumb, as I somehow managed to write this, and not post it.

Better late than never.

This week has …not really been any better than last week. Lots of things happening, and only some of them are good. I still found a few bits of information worth sharing.

I hope something here is interesting for you. See you next week!

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – June 24, 2022

Well – today has been a shitty day. Thanks to a set of unqualified judges forming opinions based on their fantasies instead of policy, abortion is illegal in 26 states. This will undoubtedly result in health issues and death for many women, and cause economic burden in states who already have high levels of poverty. It’s a sad day for the country.

I guess I better share a few links too – here you go.

That’s it. See you in a week.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – June 17, 2022

I’m back home and feeling *almost* healthy. I seemed to have caught a cold on my return trip (multiple negative covid tests – both pcr and antigen) – it seems weird that I think it’s necessary to say that, but it’s the world we live in. Here are some things I’ve found interesting this week.

Another week completed. Stay safe.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday…oops! SIX for Saturday!!!

Working from Europe this week, and time (and jet lag) got the best of me. I will make it up for you with an extra link in this exclusive six-pack of stuff I found on the internet.

  • I have successfully passed my covid re-entry test (meaning that I didn’t catch the cooties in Denmark). Turns out that starting tomorrow a negative covid test is no longer required to enter the US
  • Charity Majors is a gem. So many times when I think I’ve needed to take time to think deeply and try to explain something, Charity is there to the rescue. This time, she explains job levels at Honeycomb – but the lessons and explanations are applicable at most tech companies.
  • I’m in love with my Mac M1 – so while this flaw is concerning, afaict, it’s not nearly as risky as the article states. It’s a security feature that other chips don’t even have that can, in special conditions, not work.
  • I was happy and excited to see Anne-Marie Charrett (former and future AB Testing guest) win the 2022 Eurostar Testing Excellence award. She’s a fantastic contributor to the software community.
  • This is an interesting article on what it means to waste time. I like that it says it’s ok to do what you enjoy, and that downtime is productive time.
  • Finally (sixthly?), something I often do when I travel (which means I haven’t done a whole lot of it the last few years) is read fiction. I have selectively read Stephen King novels throughout my life, and gave Billy Summers a shot – and loved it. Not as good as 11/22/63 (probably my favorite King novel), but still high quality writing.

That’s all I have for today. I suppose I almost got this done by the time Friday ended on the west coast, but hopefully a few of you read this and find something interesting.

bookmark_borderFive for Friday – June 3, 2022

It’s another week, and I found five more things you may enjoy.

That’s all for this week. Next week, I’m attempting another business trip, this time to Denmark. We’ll see what sort of interesting links I find there.