At Øredev 2013, I asked managers to tell me what makes their job difficult. I spoke to one manager who told me an all-too-common story about facing immense pressure from the board of directors to deliver more features more often and similar pressure from the programmers to give them more time to refactor.
08 August 2014
06 August 2014
I’ve been telling this fictional story about Dentist Office Software for years to describe why we are so focused on our “networks” investment strategy. Yesterday I told it at a HackNY event we did at the USV office and my partner Albert provided a finishing touch that really drives it home. Since I’ve never told the Dentist Office Software story here at AVC, I will do that and then I will add Albert’s alternate (and better) ending.
The wretched waterfall The waterfall process has always been regarded with suspicion. Even when first named and described in the 1970s, it was not regarded as an ideal process that organizations should aspire to. Rather, it was a description of a process that organizations used but which had a number of flaws that made it unsuitable to most development tasks. It has, however, persisted. It's still being commonly used today because it has a kind of intuitive appeal. For example, lots of companies develop in-house applications to automate various business processes. In the course of developing these applications, it's often discovered that the old process just isn't that great. Developers will discover that there are redundant steps, or that two processes should be merged into one, or that one should be split into two. Electronic forms that mirror paper forms in their layout and sequence can provide familiarity, but it's often the case that rearranging the forms can be more logical. Processes that were thought to be understood and performed by the book can be found to work a little differently in practice.
11 January 2013
Railscasts has always been my favourite Rails ressource. I use it since I started learning Rails four years ago and I just love the pedagogy and the choice of subjects. I'm now a pro member, and I just wanted to say thank you. If you don't know Railscasts, check it here: http://railscasts.com/
04 August 2011
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