The Show

 Episode 20 of Oddly Influenced, Brian Marick’s podcast, is concerned with Julian Orr’s book, Talking About Machines. Orr makes much of war stories, the tales that colleagues tell each other about work they’ve done to help solve a live proble…

Seat of the Pants

  Yesterday, reading The Year Without Pants by Scott Berkun, this leapt off the page at me: Diversity of skill makes people self-sufficient.It’s in a paragraph about the culture at Automattic, the people behind WordPress, when Berkun wor…

Granularity Familiarity

  I saw Maaret’s Pyhäjärvi’s post on LinkedIn  the other day. This line chimed strongly with me:Sense of lack of time. Someone asked how to have joy of discovery when feeling always pinched with time. We have in many cases lost control over …

It’s Great to Mutate

The product I’m working on at the moment is a Ada, a symptom checking app. The basic idea is that users enter a few details about themselves and their current symptoms and are then guided through a series of questions which leads to them being given a …

PR Coup!

My team uses Dependabot to keep software dependencies up to date. The tool submits PRs against our repositories and we use a checklist/decision tree to help us judge how deeply to review and provide an audit trail of the decision.Patch-level updates of…