Helplessness and Inaction

Posted on January 20, 2011June 3, 2021Format AsideCategories UncategorizedTags

The following was included in a tweet from Esther Derby (via Will Sansbury), and it struck me as poignant today. Thought I’d share what I found when I asked the goog: “Inaction stems from a state of helplessness. Helplessness enshrines the defensive routine in a place of permanence.” William R. Noonan –  Discussing the Undiscussable I have now added this book to my reading list.

Craftsmanship Kerfluffle

Posted on January 19, 2011June 3, 2021Format AsideCategories Uncategorized

Have you been following the “Craftsmanship” kerfluffle? You should. Here’s a lot of what’s been said, for my own ease of sharing: Dan North’s original post, that stirred the hornet’s nest. Martin Fowler’s take (with links to many other responses) (review his links at the bottom, first). I don’t have anything useful (or even pithy) to add yet, but I will say I’m thrilled to see so much passion and (so far) level-headed debate, discussion and discovery going on.

Real Agile Genius Videos

Posted on January 15, 2011June 3, 2021Categories Uncategorized

2 years ago, I made a video with the Dev team at VersionOne, to seed an “Agile Advert” contest for the 2008 Agile Conference. That video was… Mr Hit-and-Run Build Breaker The one that started it all [youtube=] It so well received, we eventually got around to making a follow-up. This time, we made one to coincide with VersionOne’s release of the Analytics (custom reporting) feature: Mr Metrics Drill Sergeant [youtube=] A few months ago, we finally made the ‘series … Continue reading “Real Agile Genius Videos”

Work More Effectively From Home

Posted on January 12, 2011June 3, 2021Categories Uncategorized

If you’re like me, you don’t work from home that often. While I work mostly on my computer, I do collaborate a whole lot, so it’s not typical (I’m a software developer).  Or perhaps you’ve never done it.  However, there are days where I can’t go to the office, and it is advantageous to be able to be productive from home.  Here are a few lessons I’ve learned (mostly the hard way). Ahead of time: Equipment Prepare by getting a … Continue reading “Work More Effectively From Home”

Thoughts on C# Generic Constraints

Posted on December 3, 2008Categories code, UncategorizedTags ,

A teammate and I were musing about generic constraints the other day, comparing them to checked exceptions in Java.  So I found it amusing that Jeremy Miller came to the same point with Scott Allen yesterday: Question of the Day — What’s Worse?… generic constraints, or checked exceptions [in java]? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could “break the chain” of constraints at some point, when the calling code ceases to care?  Since I don’t know of a pattern for … Continue reading “Thoughts on C# Generic Constraints”