- I’m reading the Lean Product Playbook – which has this quote (similar to the Poppendiek quote I also frequently mention.
As Dave McClure of 500 Startups said, “Customers don’t care about your solution. They care about their problems.”
- Here’s an article on two of my favorite things – Kanban and Crossing the Chasm – Crossing the Kanbasm
- A few weeks old, but the Unity blog has a profile of my skip-level boss
- I was vegetarian for about 15 years but began eating meat again about 5 years ago. Butcherbox has been a great way for me to get quality meat on a regular basis. The link above is not a promo link, but ping me if you want to join and get a free package of bacon in each box, because I think I have a link for that.
- The 2019 State of Testing report is out – check it out.
It’s time for another week of random – and sometimes useful info
- This is an excellent write up on the curse of flaky tests. Tests that sometimes fail
- It’s not complete, but it’s a wonderful resource for this times you say Oh shit, git!
- Yet another nice article from Martin Fowler – this on on TechnicalDebt
- I’m making my one and only public speaking appearance in November in Malmo, Sweden. Come see me at Oredev.
Since last week, I’ve been to Helsinki and back – but still found a few things I think are interesting.
- This presentation on Increasing Engineering Tempo at Splice is all about accelerating the achievement of shippable quality.
- I’m reading Agile and Lean Program Management by Johanna Rothman – like her other books, it’s practical, easy to read, and full of great ideas and advice.
- This is a great story of the brand damage that can be done with shitty support and service – Leaving Google Fi.
- A story we can all relate to – You’re Not Praised For The Bugs You Didn’t Create
- Finally, I’m taking a break from leankit kanban for a bit while I experiment with Todoist. So far, I’m liking it, but I’m already tweaking it to see if I can get it to mimic WIP, so we’ll see how the experiment goes.
Another dreary wet day in the pacific northwest. Here are a few things I found interesting this week.
- FocusMate is an interesting idea. It connects you with an anonymous person over video, and you each just work on your stuff. The idea is, that if someone is watching you, that you are less likely to goof off.
- I’m liking Go (the programming language) more and more for services. If you also like Go, this article on an upcoming error package is probably interesting to you too.
- Steve Denning appears yet again in FfF with an article on Fake Agile
- MMA (Midi Musical Accompaniment) is a command line program that takes plain text input and turns it into a midi file. It’s a slightly nerdier alternative to the Band-in-a-Box software I used ~20 years ago.
- I was a guest on the Test & Code podcast recently. Just me rambling about the normal things, but worth checking out to see if I say anything controversial.
Here we go again…
- The Heisenbug Conference call for papers is open. These folks treat speakers like rock stars, and I highly recommend the conference.
- Speaking of conferences, it’s almost time for the Online Test Conference. The lineup is incredible (and I’d say that even if Brent Jensen and I weren’t speaking), it’s free, and you can attend from home.
- Here’s a secret – I’m a fan of almost everything Al Shalloway writes. This article is no exception. The Five Whys of Lean as an Answer to the “But” of Scrum (note – he recently republished this – it was originally written in 2009).
- This week I found the Jira Python library – which, for better or for worse, is something I expect I’ll use to some extent (the library is great; it’s Jira that I worry about).
- If you’re like me, when you hear someone talk about “cultural fit”, you either cringe or stop and ask, “wtf do you mean by cultural fit?”. This article on What’s the Difference Between Cultural Fit and Cultural Impact? cleared up a lot of my worry and confusion.
Still loving my new role at Unity. As I look at the links I saved this week, I’m wondering if an analysis of my FfF posts over the last 18 months will show trends in my actual day-to-day work. I’ll leave that random thought for those smarter than me to investigate.
- If this isn’t the first time you’ve read something of mine, you know that I think testing is evolving into something that isn’t the testing of 10 years ago. #oneofthethree listeners of AB Testing has this nice post on good activities for testers.
- At the same time as testers are doing more than testing, developers are doing a lot more testing. I liked this post on writing testable code.
- A colleague posted a link to How Amazon Uses Agile Team Structures and Adaptive Practices – and I think there’s something there to learn
- One of my smoke alarms for teams using kanban is the “In Test” column. Jit Gosal has some good ideas for thinking about this in this post.
- Someone seriously needs to post an internet counter that shows Days Since Someone has Posted Anything About Open Workspaces. This article is from 9 days ago, so I guess the current number is 9. Slack’s head of workplace design thinks open floor plans “suuuck”
It’s been another incredibly busy week – many many meetings to help me ramp up – but I managed to find a few things worth sharing attempting to use the internet as a learning vehicle.
- It’s no coincidence that this article on Leaders and Time found its way into my queue
- I’m surprised I didn’t share this article already. How great managers give and receive feedback
- I’ve thought for a long time that there must be reasons why comedians make good leaders – now there’s an article about this exact thing. I don’t agree completely with the appoint about using comedy to soften criticism, as it may prevent the message from being “heard”, but there’s value in all eight of these reasons
- I’ve been listening to the Tech Talk Y’all podcast for a few months now, and it will stay on my download list. The show is just a quick recap of tech stories from the last week along with a few recommendations from the hosts daily life. They try to have fun, and manage to do so without being annoying.
- I read Strategize by Roman Pichler last week. It’s written for product managers, but I think it’s a great book for anyone who wants to create (or be part of a team creating) software for people.
This line could be right out of The Lean Startup:
A product roadmap is not a guarantee; it is a high-level plan that describes the likely growth of your product based on what you currently know.
My new role involves some product and program planning tasks, and keeping this line in mind has been helpful.
- I started a new job (still at Unity) on Monday. It’s hard (as expected), but also really, really fun. This blog post has a glimpse into part of my new organization.
- Janet Gregory has a great post on Limiting Work in Progress with lots of reminders for all of us.
- Similarly (serendipitously?), Darius Foroux blogged earlier this month about The Power Of Single-Tasking – read that one too
- Measurement is a sticky subject. My view is that you need to do it, but you need to be careful. Here’s a quick primer on The Difference Between Goals, Strategies, Metrics, OKRs, KPIs, and KRIs that I found useful.
- Along the same lines, estimations are another sticky subject – but here’s a good article on the science and statistics behind them
It’s FfF time again
- I think (hope) everyone knows that this blog series is based entirely on Tim Ferris’s Five Bullet Friday posts. I listen to some of Tim’s podcasts – and his recent interview with Eric Schmidt is fantastic. If you don’t like podcasts, there’s a transcript here.
- I’ve been thinking about interviewing and hiring – so of course, I’ve found a few good articles. This one from hackernoon on How to Hire the Best Developers is interesting.
- It’s Game of Thrones week, so the internet inevitably produced an article on Game of Thrones styles of leadership.
- A disclaimer: I often find good blog articles on commercial sites. If I think they’re worth reading, I share them anyway – even if I don’t endorse the company. That said, The Ten Qualities of a True Leader.
- I’m reading Brave New Work – which is one of those books I love because it agrees with my principles and philosophies so much. Consider this harsh – yet accurate quote about managers.
After a broad workforce analysis, [Gary] Hamel and his coauthor, Michele Zanini, claim that roughly half of the 23.8 million management roles in the United States are unnecessary. They found that a new wave of companies (including many featured in this book) have managed to cut their manager-to-employee ratio in half while keeping performance up.
Here’s some stuff I found to share this week.
- Keeping with my ongoing theme of articles on feedback, I liked this one on creating a feedback culture
- A site on DevTestOps popped up a few weeks back and is worth reading
- I’ve been thinking a lot about hiring and growing. I found this article on Great developers are raised, not hired, and it’s excellent
- Unity is doing a LOT of hiring this year. This article on employee onboarding is something for just about every company to read
- If you somehow missed it, StackOverflow’s developer survey is out