I need help with home automation IoT

Today, I am starting on a new project. I am going to automate my hen-house and I need your help to do it. I have never really been a gadget person. I have used the same personal computer at home since I built it from spare parts in 2003. I don’t own a tablet or a smart watch. I chop my wood with an axe, not a machine. It’s not that I don’t like gadgets, I just don’t see the business case. Continue reading

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Golden Stairway - Cathedral of Burgos

We all want to be better at what we do, so we climb the stairs of maturity, but sometimes the steps don’t need to new levels of quality and productivity. What are the factors that hold us back from gaining higher and higher levels of success?

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Mob programming – with Woody Zuill

Whenever we have urgent, complex work we sit down and do it together. In our every day work, we make do with occasional meetings. Why do daily scrums when you can do day long scrums? That is how I understand mob programming, but that is not why Woody Zuill and his team started with it. Continue reading

4 myths about software development productivity

Greger Wikstrand and Joakim Lindbom talk about software development productivity.

There is no conflict between speed and quality! That was the header for lesson one of your relearning program. You want to improve software development productivity in yourself, your team or your organization? Then follow me along and debunk a few myths.

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Hiring team members

There are so many questions when it comes to hiring new team members and forming a team.

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Tester in Agile

A car, crash tested inside the box.

Someone asked me what should happen to the testers now that the developers were moving to Agile. How should they handle the new situation? This is how I answered: I think your best bet would be to integrate with the development teams. Here are two things you could start thinking…

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Budget for Technical Debt Reduction

If you do not take care of technical debt reduction, you will end up like this house.

The foolish man builds his house on loose sand but the rains and the winds will crash it. (Matthew 7:24-27) Things have not changed that much in the last two thousand years. Technical debt remains a major challenge for software development teams.

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Rock star agile developers

Two rock star agile developers.

Rock star agile developers. We are all talking about them. But are they truly out there? Studies show that developer productivity falls into a wide range. An average run-of-the mill developer has a productivity of 1. A great programmer might be a 10. A poor programmer might be a -1.…

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Software Development Success

A roadpost pointing to success or failure

Software development success is organization dependent. Which organizations are successful in developing and delivering software? Which projects will be successful? That is a crucial question in an industry with an annual turnover of over 400 billion USD and only a 50% success rate. Is it enough to be agile or…

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Agile projects requirements breakdown structure

fibonacci series in nature

In Agile projects, when a set of requirements are received from Clients, it may consist of (a mix of) A few needs, objectives, goals and some partial stories (even though it would have come in a structured document). Re-organizing (re-arranging) those into a requirements breakdown structure (RBS) helps ask right questions to…

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