Five for Friday – April 17, 2020

Another week of isolation and interesting links.

  • I pulled this off of reddit – it’s a view of every president ranked across over 20 dimensions. While it’s based on research from presidential scholars – and feels accurate based on every bit of history I’ve ever read, I’m sure some folks will say that Trump’s numbers are fake news.
    You do you – link.
  • I finally started playing Disco Elysium (using photon on Linux), and so far, so good.
  • Unity is featured on an article from Slack this week
  • I came across this list of online Test Courses worth checking out
  • Your gift from The Oatmeal is
    You’re welcome, from Chewy Couch Smasher

Five for Friday – April 10, 2020

I don’t know what day it is anymore. Fortunately I live by my calendar and a list of reminders in Todoist, so I know I should be posting interesting things I found on the internet.

  • Ministry of Testing is doing a TestBash Home event. It’s 24 hours of presentations and discussions that looks like it’s going to be awesome. Check it out
  • I stumbled by this article on Asynchronous Communication for Teams that I really liked
  • This article on dealing with incidents (Help, the Site is Down) is filled with great advice.
  • A little work involved, but in the category of things you didn’t know you needed, is this article telling you how to Browse YouTube Using Slack Commands
  • Like many others, I binged Tiger King on Netflix – an odd mix of documentary and a view into batshit crazy people that was both cringe-worthy and addicting.
    I’m glad it’s over.

Five for Friday – April 3, 2020

Here we go again

Stay safe and have a great weekend.

Five for Friday – March 27, 2020

I’m settling into being at home all day – my work hasn’t really changed, it’s just odd never going anywhere. Here’s some stuff for you to ponder over the weekend.

  • This week’s Covid-19 info isn’t as good as last week’s data-filled article, but it has some good info – which is a bit surprising given that it’s an AMA with healthcare givers on Reddit
  • I’ve been using Goodreads quite a bit more lately – including slowly adding more of my library to my shelves. Here’s a link to my stuff.
  • I’ve also spent a few hours at Board Game Arena – it works well at the free level, but it’s a helpful enough platform that it didn’t take me long to send them some money
  • I’ve bookmarked this article on prototypes, proof of concept and MVPs – it’s stuff I end up discussing way too often – now I can just point them here.
  • Finally, an interesting story about what happens when a popular node library loses its owner.

Five for Friday (or Saturday) – March 20, 2020

One thing that I’ve found interesting now that all of my coworkers are working from home is that they schedule more meetings. I think this is a good thing – but wow has my calendar exploded.

I still found a few things worth sharing.

  • The media and blogs are filled with articles on Covid-19 – so much so that am limiting the time I spend reading about it. Sometimes, however, I find an article that is sensible without being alarming. This article on Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance speaks a lot of sense and is crammed full of charts and graphs for all of us data-nerds
  • I don’t share Unity links here that often, but when I do, it’s because I think they’re worth reading. This one on experimentation and data to optimize a game is worth the read. Will the grass be greener with interstitial ads?
  • I often get annoyed with people who blame management for their own inability to influence. Now I wonder if managers really are the problem. This survey data on managers and their teams is frightening.
  • I’ve been playing Ori and the Will of the Wisps a bit lately – I normally don’t like platformers, but it’s so beautiful to play that I find it the best way to unwind from a day at the (home) office.
  • In news that wouldn’t have made any sense at all just a month or so ago, Restaurant giving out toilet paper with take-out orders over $25

Stay safe out there


Five for Friday – March 13, 2020

It’s the WFH edition of FfF – which isn’t really any different from any other edition of FfF

  • Ministry of Test had to cancel two of their conferences this week. They are such a fantastic resource for anyone interested in quality – if you don’t have a Pro membership with them (ridiculously cheap at ~$300), please look at the benefits and consider it.
    Brent doesn’t know it yet, but I think we’re going to figure out how to give away a Pro membership at some point to someone deserving.
  • Speaking of supporting good stuff with $$, I finally bought a membership to Medium. I was getting around their article limits by reading in incognito windows – or avoiding articles I didn’t think would be worth my 3-per-week limit, but I realized that I could just save myself a few hundred or more dollars worth of time by buying a year membership for the price of a craft cocktail in Manhattan.
  • This article on what to do with an employee obsessed with promotion brought back a lot of memories of msft – but had some good advice as well.
  • I love (LOVE!) this article on Building a Culture of Experimentation from HBR. I may have to subscribe there as well…
  • I’ve had a lot of fun this week playing Guess My Word. Good luck with your binary searching. My record this week is finding a word in 9 guesses in just under a minute (normal).
    Good luck.

Five for Friday – March 6, 2020

I hope everyone is staying healthy and staying at home as much as you can. While you’re at home, here’s some stuff for you.

Five for Friday – February 28, 2020

  • I read Outcomes over Output on a plane ride to the bay area yesterday. It’s a quick read, and full of great information and reminders on delivering customer outcomes and behavior changes (which ultimately result in business and customer value).
  • I also just read Radical Focus – it’s a book (a business novel) about effective use of OKRs to drive goals. It’s also a quick read, and another I can recommend to anyone who wants more effective OKRs, or just a better way to focus their teams work against results.
    I didn’t plan it, but these two books are highly complimentary – ymmv
  • What is a platform anyway? Read the article for a good answer.
  • Because it had to exist – a radial visualization of Corona virus infection.
  • I think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is bad-ass – but I love that Ted Cruz tried to call her out this week for voicing her disappointment in Pence’s corona virus credentials. Here’s a recap.

Five for Friday (ish) – February 21, 2020

I spent a big chunk of yesterday driving back from my yearly visit to Whistler BC, but still have a few things to share.

Five for Friday – February 14, 2020

Once again, I’m a day late, but who am I kidding – you read these on Monday anyway.