Posted on November 23, 2017
What is technical debt, and how does it affect us? What does it come from and how can we deal with it? And is technical debt always a bad thing?
Posted on August 14, 2017
Almost all handovers between people in different roles, teams or functions are prone to become bottlenecks. And the worst offenders are usually situations when the team is dependant upon a centralized group of people in the company.
Posted on November 4, 2016
Today, developer competencies are being more and more commoditized, and while methodologies like Scrum talks about T-shaped people, employers tend to favor specialists over generalists. Given this, it is probably a pretty bad idea to come out as a Jack of all trades. But, nonetheless, that's what I am about to do.
Posted on September 28, 2016
Personal side projects are a great learning opportunity, but what about the challenges? The biggest problem with any serious side project is finding time to work on it. Given that you have a day job, there is a hard limit on the number of hours you have at your disposal. Throw a partner, kids and other commitments into the mix and the available time shrinks even more.
Posted on August 21, 2016
Meetings, in general, can be a real productivity killer for developers, especially when they are scheduled in the late morning or mid-afternoon.
Posted on April 7, 2016
If you want to be truly productive you must be able to focus 100% on what you are doing. If the task at hand is perceived as fun and/or interesting, that shouldn't be too hard; you will probably just do it. But what about things you don't feel like doing? And productivity aside - are you really focusing on the right things?
Posted on October 24, 2015
Keeping a development journal is a great way of making sure that we continuously capture the rationale behind the decisions we make, which can be of tremendous help further down the road when we encounter some seemingly suboptimal construct.