Five for Friday – December 6, 2019

It’s that time again.

In a talk in 2011, Kent Beck revised the manifesto item on Working Software over comprehensive documentation to:
Validated learning over working software (or comprehensive documentation)
…of course, it was never officially revised, but I like that nuance a lot more.

Five for Friday – November 29, 2019

It’s the American Thanksgiving version of FfF – here are a few interesting things I want to share this week.

Five for Friday – November 22, 2019

It’s been a big week…

Five for Friday – November 15, 2019

Here we go again…

Five for Friday – November 8, 2019

From Sweden this week – I’m attending and speaking at the Oredev conference this week.

Five for Friday – November 1, 2019

I’ve been in a funk this week – too many things I’m interested in, and not enough time to remain interested.

  • My Introduction to Modern Testing course is available on the Ministry of Testing Website – so far, feedback has been quite positive.
  • I had an old article of mine (I’m Tired of Finding Bugs) translated into Portuguese this week. Note that I glanced at it, recognized a few words, and assumed it was Spanish. Thankfully I was reminded nicely by a follower, but dumb mistake on my part anyway.
  • I binged all of season two of the People Leading People podcast this week. Lot’s of good interviews – there were a few where I didn’t agree with the leaders approach, but I may have enjoyed those even more.
  • As predicted in AB Testing Ep 95, the Seattle Sounders are heading to the MLS Championship match.
  • It’s NaNoWriMo – the time of year when a million casual writers slowly learn how hard good writing actually is. Once again, I’m attempting to write a book this month, and will do so until life gets in the way.
    My record to this point is nearly 4 days of writing during the month of November – but today is different. It’s only 5:38pm, and I’ve already opened the google doc where I will type today’s words.

Five for Friday – October 25, 2019

Another episode of “stuff I found interesting over the past week or so”

Five for Friday – October 18, 2019

Happy Friday – here’s stuff you should read.

Five for Friday – October 11, 2019

  • I left a few of my Nest devices in the old house, but after some shopping around, decided to re-up my Nest usage with a v3 thermostat, and a Nest lock to augment some of the replacement devices. We’ll see how it goes.
  • Other than soccer, I don’t watch a lot of TV. But I started watching the latest season of American Horror Story, and so far, it’s been fantastic. It’s a throwback to the 80s, so it’s over the top and sometimes flat out stupid – but that’s why I like it.
  • I really like Poka Yoke – here’s a good article on it.
  • Even though I stopped using Windows over a year ago, I’m far from an Apple fan boy. But the amount of whining and complaining about the recent Catalina update has rivaled the complaints about Windows Vista. Here’s a tame example. Apple has warned users about the end-of-life for 32-bit support for at least a year, probably longer. I just don’t get why people are freaking out so much about their 8-10 year old apps being deprecated.
    Oh well, the internet is going to internet
  • Just a random story about doing dumb and effective stuff with javascript on web pages. How my butt helped fix font problems on the web

Five for Friday – October 4, 2019

  • I recently re-read (skimmed) Steve McConnell’s Software Estimation, Demystifying the Black Art. When I met with Microsoft Press to pitch HWTSAM, they gave a hot-off-the press new copy, and while some of the book feels “old school”, it’s still filled with foundational estimation knowledge.
  • I work at home, and absolutely need a quiet PC – my old power supply was acting up, so I picked up a Corsair HXI 750 – not only is it quiet, it’s so quiet that there’s a button on the power supply to manually spin up the fan in case you’re wondering if it’s working.
  • One of the cool things with the Corsair is that it plugs into an open USB interface on the motherboard (or, if you must, you can run a cable outside the box to an external port) in order to read temperature and load levels. Of course, their app is windows only, but there’s a nice command line app for viewing and controlling the drive on github.
  • One reason for WiP (work in progress) limits is to reduce multi-tasking. Another is to make sure we finish things so we can get feedback. This article – The Cost of Waiting for Feedback in Software Development talks about why.
  • No intro needed – Agile vs. Lean – Explained by Cats