Five for Friday – November 16, 2018

I think I’m at about a year of this experiment of sharing 5 things I found interesting every week. I still like it, and hope you have found at least a few interesting links here over the past year.

  • I’ve been reading Five Stars: The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great (I’m also reading a few other things, and I really need to stop the habit of reading several books at once). It makes the point that communication and storytelling are critical to self-development.
  • Here is a highly (and sadly) accurate list of the 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective Managers.
  • Interesting article from Greg Paciga on Rethinking Velocity.
  • Unity won an Emmy for Baymax Dreams. I’m in no way connected to the work, but still very proud.
  • As I type this, the bookshelf behind me contains hundreds of Marvel comics – most from when I read and collected in the 1970s and 1980s. As I’m sure everyone knows, Stan Lee died this week. His work remains a huge part of my life, and while I know a lot of people know him mainly for his cameos in Marvel movies, his greatest cameo is more likely his appearance in all of our lives.

Five for Friday – November 9, 2018

Well, that

  • First is that I love it when people share music with me. One of my team members introduced me to mouse on the keys, and I am enjoying their music so far. One of my favorites is ‘spectres de mouse‘ (Spotify link)
  • The New York Times built a nice visualization of election results – quick and simple and tells a story – all good attributes of data viz
  • I will save a link to this infographic on Scrum vs Kanban. It highlights the pros and cons of each (ftr, I have a strong preference for Kanban). The cons list remind me that no matter what model you choose if you fail to follow the principles of the model, it’s probably not going to work for you.
  • I’ve taught a lot of developers how to write better tests. This article on why good developers write bad unit tests reminds me of a lot of that coaching
  • I saw Bohemian Rahpsody last weekend, and you should go see it too. As a long-time Queen fan, I admit I had a bit of a hard time with the movie’s subtle and fictional strays from the history of the band, but the story and acting were fantastic

Five for Friday – November 2, 2018

I’m getting to a stage in my career where I’m beginning to realize that some of my biggest growth happens when I’m doing nothing but thinking.

But, I did leave my head a few times this week and found a few interesting things to share.

  • Quote I’m thinking about: “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand
  • If you’re reading this in the US, please vote. If you’re not in a mail-to-vote state (or even if you are), there’s likely relevant information here
  • This article that asks, Is it time to bring data to managing? brought back a few memories of the awful performance management at msft – along with some reasonable ideas on doing better. 
  • Also on the leadership front is this article on leading with love (actual title is less fluffy). It reminds me of the care personally aspect of Radical Candor, which is something I continually try to do better.
  • I love solving debugging mysteries and figuring out those WTF moments in software. I found this article on debugging an AWS issue that was fun to follow. One punchline – “Why Amazon S3 returns two different errors for the same problem is beyond me, but that’s not important here.

Five for Friday – October 26, 2018

Five for Friday – October 19, 2018

I’m preparing for some meetings with some colleagues in Europe next week and I’m a little frazzled. But this is what my frazzled brain liked this week.

Five for Friday – October 12, 2018

Another Friday, another week with cool things to share.

Five for Friday – October 5, 2018

Here are a few (five, actually) things I saw this week and liked.

Five for Friday – Friday, September 28

Here are a few of the things I found interesting this week.

  • I thought this article about “hacking” British Airways was sort of interesting – but mainly that they glossed over the real hack – “It is likely that the hackers had access to the BA.com site, and modified the code to insert a backdoor.” 
    Read and make your own judgement.
  • Camille Fournier (author of the wonderful book, The Managers Path posted this article on engineering productivity.
  • Ben Kelly says, You probably need fewer testers than you think (and he’s probably right)
  • Saw this on twitter from Cassie Kozyrkov on Speaking at conferences. It’s really good (especially compared to the usual posts on this topic)
  • Finally, I tweeted about this, but it’s worth calling out here too.

Five for Friday – September 21, 2018

I had this weird empty feeling all afternoon, and it just hit me. I (almost) forgot to post my five interesting finds from the week.

Five for Friday – September 14, 2018

Here’s stuff I found interesting. Some of it published recently – some is not. 

  • I posted earlier this week about painful observations of “stand-ups” turning into horrible status sentences. Seth Eliot pointed me to this great post by Henrik Kniberg that covers my peeve better than I did.
  • I’ve been reading Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. I’ll avoid personal feelings and just say that it’s well-written, and I’m enjoying it.
  • I loved The Children’s Guide to Kubernetes. Heck – even I can understand it.
  • I frequently (consistently?) state that a retrospective is the single most important meeting your team can have. While this article (4 Reasons Why Your Scrum Sprint Review Isn’t Effective) focuses on the scrum sprint review ritual, the concepts apply to any retro.
  • Continuous Testing for Devops Professionals is out. I’ve read 90% of it (I was fortunate enough to be a reviewer), and think it’s pretty good.