Category - Software

A Criticism of Scrum

So Scrum. The most popular agile software development methodology, with seemingly around 70% of agile teams using it. What is it all about? Is it good or is it whack? Has Scrum made our lives better? Let’s dive in. Scrum assumes you can reliably estimate task duration Scrum has good intentions. Measuring your productivity. Accountability to not do more or […]

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Ways to Protect Flow

Things individuals can do to protect Flow: Keep your phone on silent all day long. Disable all notifications on your computer. Distractions from a phone / computer can disrupt Flow dozens of times every day. Respond to text messages, phone calls, and e-mails when you get stuck. Distractions actually help you when you get stuck. Find music that helps you […]

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Technical Founders and Startup Ideas

Us developer sorts have an unusually hard time coming up with ideas. Often, non-technical folks have lots of ideas, but no ability to make them, and technical folks have the ability to build things, but no idea what to build. Both are rather humbling in their own way. Why is this? I think its partially due to the nature of our work, and […]

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How to Recruit Software Developers (If You Must)

Recruiters and business leaders looking to hire software developers have a problem. No, it isn’t that coders are arrogant babies with superpowers and totally unrealistic job expectations. The problem is how recruiters communicate to the developers they hope to hire. Instead of enticing them and trying to buy their love with flamboyant company cultures that have more to do with […]

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