Five for Friday – April 26, 2024

Back again for another week of interesting things that I think are worth sharing.

  • I’m guessing everyone already knows that IBM is buying Hashicorp – which is interesting, but maybe inevitable. We’ll see how this plays out.
  • I spent a chunk of time reading some code in the recent release of the MS DOS 4.0 source code, and it certainly brought back some memories. I don’t think I ever looked at this while I was at msft (I joined in 1995), but I was certainly a heavy user of DOS4 when it came out.
  • A fantastic article from Johanna Rothman this week on How to Move from Story Points and Magical Thinking to Cycle Time for Decisions
  • I’ve worked on internal-facing tools for most of my career. Many times in the past few decades, I’ve been asked if something I or my team wrote should be sold (or given) externally. This article on Productizing internal tools does a wonderful job discussing when this is – or isn’t a good idea.
  • Lastly – I was asked a few times recently about the recording platform we use for AB Testing – we use – which so far has been near perfect, and a huge upgrade over zencastr. Hopefully it continues to deliver.

All for now – see you in a week.

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