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Gaslight Podcast: Feedback Loops
Your browser does not support the audio element. Michael Guterl and I talked about something I’ve been thinking about a lot: the value of feedback loops. The discussion covers cooking, automated testing, and professional feedback. Subscribe with RSS Subscribe with iTunes
Planning an Agile Project
Planning software projects is hard. There are myriad complexities in the business process to consider, rules that need to be enforced, stakeholders to keep happy, and milestones to reach. This is not to mention challenges with the technical, financial and time constraints that every project comes with. We as an...
Features Matter to Users More Than Stories
We’ve been in the software development world so long, we often don’t even know when we’re using jargon. The “user story” is one of those jargon terms that new customers often don’t understand. By contrast, what they do understand is features. The more I work with clients, the less I...
Guidelines for Effective Pair Programming
Pair programming is an agile software development technique in which two programmers work together at one workstation. One, the driver, writes code while the other, the observer, pointer or navigator, reviews each line of code as it is typed in. The two programmers switch roles frequently.1 Pair programming is one...
Why Simpler is Better for Tracking Project Health
As a group of software developers and designers, we talk a lot about what makes for a good product. High code quality, beautiful design, intuitive UI, and excellent test coverage are a few ways we talk about and measure the quality of a software product. But how do we characterize...
Recognizing MVC Myopia in a Rails Application
How did we get here? Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “Don’t put logic in your views”. Although Rails developers debate how much logic is too much for a view, most have embraced the idea. If you dare to peak into some Wordpress code you can see the alternative....