Five for Friday – March 22, 2019

Winter left. Spring is here. It’s Friday.

Five for Friday – March 15, 2019

I took a ski day today – snow was soft, but held up pretty well until the afternoon. Here are a few things I read this week worth sharing.

  • I’ve been reading a lot about feedback recently. Forbes had a good article this week on Flawless Feedback for Ferocious Teams
  • This article hit a little too close to home. The Planned Obsolescence of Old Coders
  • Most articles on productivity suck. This one does not.
  • I bought a refurbished Kindle Fire 10 this week for $119. It took me less than 15 minutes to get google play services running on it. It’s a ridiculously good deal (IMO)
  • …and now I have a great tool for reading comics on Marvel Unlimited. I’m re-reading some of my childhood favorites right now, and really enjoying revisiting this little bit of my past.

Five for Friday – March 8, 2019

  • I’m still reading Scrum Mastery by Geoff Watts, but came across this paragraph that I’m sure seems relevant to my line of thinking.
    Similarly, I have met many who believe that you have to have a special mindset to be a good tester. Developers, they say, are a different breed. As such, they can’t be trusted to test. Again, this nonsensical point of view is almost certainly going to become self-fulfilling. The more that developers are not trusted to test, the more they will be unable to test and the more they will shirk the responsibility of writing good code.
  • I shared this article (along with some commentary) about feedback.
  • Once again, the Netflix Tech blog has a relevant and good article. How Data Inspires Building a Scalable, Resilient and Secure Cloud Infrastructure
  • Also from HBR (sorry for those without a subscription for burning your monthly reads), is this article: The Best Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Ask for Help
  • Windows calculator is open source. Not too many insights, I expect. It’s a calculator 🙂

Five for Friday, March 1, 2019

It’s March, and there’s still snow on the ground here in sunny (but cold) Seattle. Here are some things I found this week worth sharing.

“Transforming a team, let alone an entire organisation, from the principles of command and control to those based on servant-leadership, from plans based on prediction to plans based on empirical, evolutionary data requires both patience and tenacity.”

Five for Friday – February 22, 2019

I had a fantastic week skiing in Whistler, BC. Heading home today, but still have a few things to share.

  • Don’t know if I ever mentioned it on this blog, but ~4 years ago, I took the Kolbe A index. It’s yet another how-do-I-work test, but I like this one and think it’s worth checking out. Here’s what it says about me (I’m a 6-3-7-4 for those familiar with the index)

Five for Friday – February 15, 2019

Another week, another random five things I found interesting.

  • Feedspot.com lists AB Testing in their top 10 software testing podcasts. Although it has “Testing” in the name, my 2019 goal is to get AB Testing into more Agile or Software Development podcast lists.
  • Joel Montvelisky, who is one of the three AB Testing listeners is on the Radio STP podcast this week and does a great job talking about where testing is going. I’d say this even if Joel didn’t plug the podcast.
  • In yet-another-podcast-reference, Lisa Crispin makes yet another appearance in my FfF list. She’s on the Legacy Code Rocks podcast talking about Agile Testing and a lot of the approaches I love.
  • This is an interesting take on the demise of micro-services – Microsoervices vs The World
  • Almost a quarter century ago, I worked on the Windows 95 team. Now, my life has come full circle, as I can now run Win95 as an app in Electron

Five for Friday – February 8, 2019

This FfF is slightly later in the day than normal due to the Seattle snow-pocalypse.

  • I drove my daughter home from an appointment this afternoon. It was snowing, the roads were mostly wet, but it took almost 3 hours to drive twelve miles mostly because people were being stupid. Please, Seattle area readers, read this
  • Now that’s off my chest, good to see one of my former employees at Unity post this article on Building large scale cloud infrastructure using shared components
  • On the AB Testing podcast, Brent and I often talk about time as the one resource that you can’t control. I’m still re-reading High Output Management by Andy Grove, and highlighted this quote. Nobody has more time than anyone else. Time comes from decisions. “Remember too that your time is your one finite resource, and when you say “yes” to one thing you are inevitably saying “no” to another.”
  • Everything is about Docker these days, and I learned a lot from this article on Docker and Security
  • I spoke at the Heisenbug conference in December 2017. It is an extremely well-organized conference, and it was a lot of fun. Their CFP for a 2018 St Petersberg event is up here

Five for Friday, February 1, 2019

It’s the FfF travel edition In the past ten days, I’ve been in Copenhagen, Bastad (Sweden), back to Copenhagen, Montreal, and I’m currently waiting to board a flight from Minneapolis back to Seattle.

  • I’m re-reading High Output Management by Andy Grove. So far, it’s as good as I remember.
  • I sort of read a lot – so much that sometimes I forget where I read something. I’ve had a good time cross-referencing my book recollections using google Talk to Books. It’s worth bookmarking
  • We’re all busy, and we all seem to want more time. This article on time strategies is a good place to remind all of us how to put time back onto our calendar
  • A recent FfF included a video on learning Kubernetes. Now that you have the basics, here’s a list of Kubernetes failure stories
  • Last but not least, Lisa Crispin is back (in my FfF posts) with an article on ML in Testing

Five for Friday – January 25, 2019

A little late today, but still worth sharing…

Five for Friday – January 18, 2019

Here are five possibly interesting articles I read this week.

  • Other than my Xbox, the only Microsoft product I still use regularly is VS Code. While the “super secret” tips in this article aren’t necessarily that secret, they are all really cool and valuable.
  • In a similar vein, since my only console windows are Bash shells, this article on Bash commands and tips is also in now in my perma-bookmark list.
  • Well shit, this is embarrassing – my bookmarks from the week include yet another list of tips. This article on 10 Tips to Boost Developer Productivity is full of stuff that I’ve seen work.
  • A great article on Continuous Team Development
  • If you play with Docker, you’ll eventually run into Kubernetes – here’s one of the best overviews I’ve seen. Kubernetes in 5 Minutes