Software Companies are the Wild West

Between the 1600s and the late 1800s, thousands of people set off from the edge of the new American civilisation and headed West. Driven by vision, stubborn determination or maybe just a pinch of peer pressure, they travelled across uncharted territory, forging new paths, discovering new places and dying in

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Orienting Teams around the Axis of Change

Tech is a very fluid and changing world, but one of the most lasting truths in technology is Conway’s Law. Any organization that designs a system will inevitably produce a design whose structure is a copy of the organization’s communication structure. “How do committees invent?“, Melvin Conway What does Conway’s

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How do you measure expertise?

What is expertise? How do you know when to promote someone? What’s the difference between a Mid-level and a Senior? All of these seem like they have subjective and vague answers but this article intends to provide tools for making these decisions explicit and consistent. What is Expertise? Elliot himself

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A Shortcut to Continuous Delivery

“Continuous Delivery” is a concept in software development where updates to IT products are promoted to production on a rapid cadence. Each organisation and industry is different, but delivering changes at least once a day is a commonly accepted definition. While there are obvious risks to releasing code at such

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Public Property Setters Can Get In The Sea

I’m an unapologetic advocate of Object-oriented programming (OOP) and if you’re using an OOP programming framework I’m here to argue the case for burning your public property setters with napalm fire. As you probably know if you’re reading this, OOP is the discipline of expressing concepts as objects in code.

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Can you make a Raspberry Pi Security Camera?

This weekend’s geeky challenge: Making a Raspberry Pi Security Camera. TL;DR – Here’s a basic, practically-ready-to-deploy, open-source Raspberry Pi security camera. Brief Mostly because I’m cheap (but partly to reduce the scope and therefore increase chance of success) I added a few constraints: Periodic still image capture is OK (streaming

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