Some bugs turn out to be annoying eye-rollers, and some take an embarrassingly long time to find something embarrassingly stupid. Yet occasionally one seems respectably interesting. Here’s a nerdy dive into one of the latter. Continue reading “Fixed a worthy bug”
In a context of “Whatever happened to the Semantic Web”, someone on the internet said, “Modern HTML is really nothing more than div tags everywhere, with a handful of span tags. We went from abusing tables to abusing the entire document.”
An “agile” coach/consultant was brought into to a place where I once worked. Among other things, he said he likes to set up a little competition between scrum teams, with some (undisclosed) reward for the team with the best record of completing all tasks in the sprint, over some period of time. Here’s why I think that’s a terrible idea. Continue reading “Competition between scrum teams”
When defining goals for a startup, or outlining requirements for significant new software development, a lot of things pressure us to be too ambitious. A little stress is energizing, but striving toward unrealistic goals is both damaging and wasteful.
It’s a proud and noble thing, setting out on the hero’s journey, to slay the dragon or strive against the odds, to dream the impossible dream. As Shaw wrote, “all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” Steve Blank speaks of “crazy entrepreneurs” who are hallucinating, yet sometimes are actually visionaries.