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Start Together. Finish Together – Hacker Noon

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/10

I need to read more Hacker Noon stuff:

It may seem counterintuitive, but… Start Together. Finish Together – Hacker Noon [WayBack]

Via a mention of the “non developers” point of view, who are the key persons to do this whole “start/finish together” mantra wit: [WayBack] “Their mental model is that developers/designers are this tiny little pipe, and you have to play this intricate game of Tetris to get the most amount of… – Marjan Venema – Google+ (who does great coaching, so be sure to check out her postings)




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Abilities that makes you a better developer – Hacker Noon

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/05

If we have passion for what we do, why not try to be a better professional every day?

Source: [WayBackAbilities that makes you a better developer – Hacker Noon

That is an interesting, but very hard question which very few people around me are afraid of trying to answer.

I think the hardest part for most developer isn’t the tech/science bits as usually they have a natural feel for natural science and formal science related topics (which I’d rather not call STEM).

I’ve a hard time to remember the STEM acronym because it means “vote” or “voice” to since I’m Dutch, and equally hard the . Also I really dislike the term “hard science” as “soft sciences” are very hard for me. So lets stick with natural science and formal science.

So if you are a developer and trouble motivating yourself to learn new things in the mathematics, algorithms & data structures, databases, computer architecture, operating systems and networks, then you will have a really really hard time.

I can understand it is tougher to motivate learning about English (and other languages), paradigms & design patterns, teamwork, or to put it in a broader perspective the human side of affairs. Those however are the areas that do not come “natural” for most developers and are in effect the ones most developers need to work on most to improve.

Doing that will make it a lot easier to work with people around you.

For myself, I still have to grow a lot in those areas even though I already have. Having originated as nerd/geek/introvert or however you want to call that direction, my natural habitat is still a silent place with little distraction with some relatively quiet people around me that help me keep focus and force me in the rhythms that are good for me. But I’ve learned to speak for large groups, write (not just posts) and have many other nice social interactions.

That growth brings so much joy and makes work so much nicer, that the effort and persistence keeps being worth every minute I put in.

Via: [WayBack] Cesar Romero (@cesarliws) on Twitter: “Abilities that makes you a better developer”



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Entwicklertag 2016: How Agile and OO have lost their way together – James Coplien – YouTube

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/03/04

Still an interesting video, though I wish James Coplien would have a less shouting voice: that would be much easier on the ears.


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One Story Per “Sprint” – John Cutler – Medium

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/02/25

Food for thought: what is the hardest thing in your sprints, why, can you make it less hard?

[WayBackOne Story Per “Sprint” – John Cutler – Medium:

Delivering a “potentially releasable increment” after N days is not “hard”. It is not rocket science. (Almost) any team can do it.

Via: [WayBack] One Story Per “Sprint” – John Cutler – Medium – Marjan Venema – Google+

it is not funny to always feel behind; that it actually is detrimental to productivity to focus solely on efficiency, working hard and being hero’s; that it might be a good idea to start with changing your perspective and doing something which has a chance of being successful (doing a single story) and build from there.

It is not about looking busy, but it is about getting things done without having any fears.


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Our Intuition Says… Instead, Try… – Hacker Noon

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/02/14

Recommended 2 minute reading: [WayBackOur Intuition Says… Instead, Try… – Hacker Noon.

It so much remind me of two proverbs. An ancient Chinese one where I only have the Dutch translation for (“Heeft U haast? Ga dan zitten”) that tells you to “sit down” when hurried and an even nicer Swedish one “Skynda långsamt” which literally translates into “Hurry slowly”.

When you’ve seen something work, you tend to view it as more “intuitive”. It’s easy to forget how counterintuitive it might have felt…



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