Thoughts from Hawaii on Lean Software Development

Sunday, December 2nd, 2007

Instead of spending Thanksgiving in the wet and dank Pacific Northwest The Susan and I opted for Maui and some serious beach time. Being me I ended up taking a software book, one I've been meaning to read for a very long time. I can't say I finished it but ...

The sucker’s choice

Friday, October 26th, 2007

I've been attending a crucial conversations class at Microsoft. One of the things were were talking about was the sucker's choice. A conversation based about seemingly bad two choices; A or B. For example I can either meet the deadline or ship a quality release but achieving both seems impossible. ...

“Raving Fans” by Ken Blanchard

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

So a while back I was given a copy of Raving Fans to read. It's a fable about great customer service that creates "raving fans" the people who can't stop talking about your product or service and how great it is. I have to say I don't disagree with the ...

Book List: I’m Reading…

Saturday, June 9th, 2007

I'm Reading... Elisabeth Freeman: Head First Design Patterns Ken Blanchard: Raving Fans: A Revolutionary Approach To Customer Service Tom DeMarco: Slack Patrick M. Lencioni: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Blog list: Blog list

Saturday, October 21st, 2006

My climbing blogBrad Wilson - The .NET GuyEspresso Fueled Agile DevelopmentMartin FowlerAgile Development; Thoughts & StuffGeek NoiseAlan Ridlehoover's Half a PairStephen Cohen's thoughts on Enterprise ArchitectureJoel on SoftwareEric Gunnerson's C# CompendiumBrian Button - One Agile CoderAgile Management BlogJames Newkirk's BlogInfoQJo Cranford - Spike the Poodle

Book List: Recommended

Monday, October 2nd, 2006

Recommended Craig Larman: Agile & Iterative Development, A Manager's Guide Good overview of several popular agile processes Ken Schwaber: Agile Project Management with Scrum Companion book to Ken's course Barry Boehm, Richard Turner: Balancing Agility and Discipline: A Guide for the Perplexed Mark F. Twight: Extreme Alpinism: Climbing Light, Fast, and High Kent Beck, Cynthia Andres: Extreme ...


Monday, October 2nd, 2006

As you can see I'm currently reading "Head First Design Patterns". This is all part of my strategy to not grow pointy hair and glaze over when developers talk code to me. After all what good is a lead who can't mentor their team?  Despite the dubious cover this turns out to ...

Did you really read all those books?

Monday, September 11th, 2006

  So you may be wondering if I've actually read all those books on the left hand side of the page. Or are they just there to add color and look vaguely impressive? Well... the honest truth is I have.   I really did spend a happy afternoon sitting on a glacier ...