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Your Horoscope for February*

How people Sometimes it’s nice to get your head down without any distractions, but beware – are you cut off from the rest of the world? No one is stopping to wait for you. Get the most important things done … Continue reading

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Given, When, Then – the only way?

Someone told me that out there, somewhere, are people who believe that “Given, When, Then” is the only way to analyse a story. I don’t believe it’s true. Sometimes there are more concise ways to get the same information. For … Continue reading

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Find your own way to cook

A mother was cooking a joint of meat for her family. She cut off a large slice from the side of the joint, then put both pieces into the gravy. “Why are you doing that?” her daughter asked. “It helps … Continue reading

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10 signs of work goodness – revisited

You know work is good when: Your smile is infectious, even on the tube. Every day you find out something new… …and pass on something to someone else. You wonder how you’re going to have fun, not when. No tunnel … Continue reading

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A Mind of Its Own

I’m reading the book “A Mind of Its Own”, by Cordelia Fine. I sometimes find it hard to make headway with this kind of material and put it down after the first couple of chapters, but for whatever reason this … Continue reading

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When do I refactor code?

This question has kicked around a bit at Thoughtworks lately, sparked by this article: http://blogs.construx.com/blogs/stevemcc/archive/2007/11/01/technical-debt-2.aspx. I thought I’d blog what I do, since a few bits of feedback lead me to believe I might be good at it. I don’t … Continue reading

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Lotus Notes: Making mail quotas meaningless

There are at least three good reasons why we’re using Lotus Notes, so mostly this post is just here to make me feel better. Thank you for sharing my pain; please comment with any solutions you’ve found for this problem. … Continue reading

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A quick OOPSLA write up

Finally back at my own home. Highlights were: Kathy Sierra turning up unexpectedly, and her “Creating Passionate Users” keynote Martin Fowler turning into a werewolf at the panel reflecting on No Silver Bullet” (this is our Chief Scientist… did I … Continue reading

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Lessons from the Goth Conga* line at Whitby

You can be fast, or have control, but must sacrifice one for the other. How much of each you can have depends on your platforms. (*Actual music was the Locomotion. No self-respecting goth would be seen dead dancing to the … Continue reading

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The Game of Life – a kata

I finally got around to putting a simple version of the Game of Life kata on the web. This is the exercise which we’ll be using to teach BDD at Oopsla. If you’ve never heard of the Game of Life … Continue reading

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