Author: Douglas Squirrel

More Thought-Provoking Lightning Talks

Five minutes per person. Every Thursday. From the practical to the theoretical, we manage to cover everything at TIM Group lightning talks. A sampling below. Dominic on Categories and Time Categories and Time from youdevisetech on Vimeo. Tony on Levels of Team Maturity Levels of Team Maturity from youdevisetech on […]

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Lightning Strikes Again

We gather at lunchtime every Thursday for lightning talks – 5 minutes, no questions till we’re done, talk fast! Thanks to excellent video work (thanks Wendy, Waz, and Tom!) we now have a nice permanent record of each talk. Here’s a sampling of recent talks. Tom D on Hamcrest Matcher […]

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Devops comes to youDevise!

The devops movement is one we’re quite sympathetic to – our Ops team were the first at youDevise to implement continuous deployment, for example. We recently hosted a London Devops meetup in our nice new Theatre room and discussed deployment in depth – very important to us since we are […]

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Shh! Performance Secrets

Here are some slides on Performance Secrets from a talk at Google OS Jam. Links from the slides: SQL Tuning JProbe YourKit Dynatrace Ajax JavaScript Rocks High-Performance JavaScript

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Hands-On Root-Cause Analysis

I gave a talk on 4 May at SkillsMatter on Hands-On Root-Cause Analysis. You can watch a video of the talk if you missed it. The Shu-style rules for a great root-cause analysis from the talk: Target a specific event. Everyone affected attends. No blame. Poll to identify problems. Write […]

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Acceptance Tests at GOOSGaggle

Steve Freeman has been advising youDevise from our early beginnings. He and Nat Pryce have downloaded their ideas about test-driven development, mocking, and software design into a super book called Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests, or GOOS for short. Recently Steve, Nat, and Brian Marick gathered some very smart […]

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Brian Marick: On Naivete

Brian Marick was present at the birth of the term “agile”, but is one of the humblest chaps I’ve met. Here he is during his visit to youDevise as part of his recent pairing tour of Europe, explaining why being naive is a good idea. [video:youtube:iRoH_zKu5mQ] Thanks Brian for visiting […]

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sudo aptivate-get-it

Some thoughts after getting the chance to lead a retrospective at Aptivate, a super non-profit doing IT for NGOs and other charities: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mastababa/ / CC BY 2.0 It can very hard to explain agile development to customers. Even if your immediate contact understands and accepts the notion of an optional-scope […]

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Craftwerk

Paper Workers, 1934, oil on canvas by Douglass Crockwell. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nostri-imago/ / CC BY 2.0 Two thoughts on a talk on Software Craftsmanship by Corey Haines and Chris Parsons at the London Ruby User Group (LRUG): An important group was (probably) missing at LRUG: non-developers. You need to explain to and […]

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Gojko on Gherkin

Gojko Adzic held a super introduction to the Cucumber testing tool the other night at SkillsMatter. Below are some notes from the session. We’re considering taking up Cucumber in a couple of ways, including using it as part of our evaluation of new folks who want to join us as […]

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