A team of responsible adults doesn’t need a foreman

A couple of weeks ago there was a lot of heat and noise on Twitter and the blogs about Bob Martin’s foreman articles [1][2]. I think the powers of the foreman as described are somewhat draconian and excessive but when I think of some of the situations I have found myself in over the years […]

Group ethics in software development

A couple of weeks ago I attended a really good workshop on How To Stop Being Amoral and Unethical (And Like Yourself Again) at SPA2013 led by John Nolan. The session explored the individual morality of software developers and the ethics of the organizations for which they developed software or of the wider community. The motivating examples […]

I’ve looked at code from two sides now…

I was watching Simon Brown’s Frustrated Architect presentation and I found it an interesting trip through design approaches and artefacts. Although slightly irritated that some of the agile approaches seemed to be exaggerated for effect (although I admit that there are some really bad software development teams out there calling themselves agile), his conclusion was what […]

Short standups

I was watching Rachel Davies’ NDC session about moving from Scrum to Kanban earlier today. There was a question at one point regarding the length of the conversation in kanban standups from someone who was working in scrum. They were doing round-robin standups where each person is asked in turn about what they are doing. […]