I used to ask a question when interviewing apprentice candidates that was designed to discover their passion: “When was the last time you stayed up...more.
Throughout my childhood, I have strong memories of my mother, an IT professional, singing “Anything you can do, I can do better” (from the Irving...more.
Five years ago, a handful of us nervously deployed a little application that held some pretty lofty ideals for the future of software development. We...more.
In 1826 Marc Isambard Brunel and Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a father and son engineering team, sought to build a tunnel under the Thames river in...more.
Scenario: We are sitting in a planning meeting and a business stakeholder asks one simple question. “How hard would that be?”
I can’t stand bad audio. It makes me want to chew off the end of my big toe.
I started my career...more.
A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. Proverbs 22:1
I recently sat through a software development team retrospective. The facilitator began the retro by taking the “temperature” of the room.
He asked us to...more.
If there is one thing I’ve learned about Acceptance Testing (AT) it’s that there are a lot of ways to mess it...more.
My third and final day began with another breakfast graciously provided by Ken’s wife and a walk around Ken’s land. The house and studio...more.
Hi, my name is Doug and I don’t own an iPhone and I don’t plan on buying one anytime soon. Don’t get me wrong,...more.
“It's kind of a Frankenstein.” We’ve used this phrase more than a few times to describe the architecture and technology used to design a...more.
Today (March 15th, 2010) is my Grandfather’s 90th birthday. We celebrated with him this weekend in Pike County, IL. I spent quite a bit...more.
Our secret is out. A recently published photo revealed it hanging lazily in the corner of our office: a hammock. Why would an office...more.
A few years ago when we were buying furniture for the first 8th Light office I came across a piece called the WalkStation. It...more.
Craftsmanship has been used as a metaphor for software development. Pete McBreen argues in his book “Software Craftsmanship” that craft is a better metaphor...more.
We have a couple of interns in the office this summer. They are kind of like Jr. Apprentices and are distinguished mostly by the...more.
I spent a lot of time with my grandpa growing up. He has spent much of his retirement ‘fooling around’ in a workshop he...more.
When I was about 11 or so I bought a Color Computer III at a garage sale. I started typing in some basic programs...more.
As we work with our clients to delivery new features to them quickly and with high quality code, we are finding that the fastest...more.
I’m a big fan of agile. I’ve long been convinced that the agile movement truly is uncovering ways to do software better. It’s revolutionizing...more.
The most widespread and common greeting in the American culture is the handshake. Handshakes are shared between anyone meeting for the first time, and...more.