Author: Ryan Alexander

Facilitating Agility with Transparency

Part of the agile coaching work I do at TIM Group involves running a large number of Retrospectives and the (hopefully only) occasional Root Cause Analysis. Both of these generate actions designed to improve (and/or shore up) our processes so that we are constantly improving. These actions are supposed to […]

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TIMGroup is coming to Manchester!

Following on our success presenting Comic Collaboration and Communication at this year’s SPA conference, the nice people at the SPA invited to present again, this time at MiniSPA up in Manchester. A single-day conference on Monday October 3rd, it’s a taster of the best that the SPA Conference has to […]

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Bring The Outside In at TIMGroup

Communication is a core principle of agile methodologies. It’s important for teams to disseminate information well to keep every individual in the team working effectively, and what’s true for the teams is also true for companies. As part of our dedication to learning and growing the best developers at TIMGroup, […]

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Annual Stack Overflow Meetup Day @ youDevise London

Last week was the Annual Stack Overflow Meetup Day. youDevise was proud to host the London meetup for this worldwide event. Our dev teams work almost exclusively with open source tools and frameworks to deliver high-quality on-demand financial applications. Many of our coders are active contributors to Stack Overflow and […]

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If you’re walking, start crawling, if you’re crawling, start inching

Last Friday, Keith Braithwaite came to youDevise and ran his “TDD as if you mean it” workshop here in our offices. For those not familiar with how the workshop runs, Gojko has a good writeup of the session as it was run at the Software Craftsmanship 2009 Conference. The puzzle […]

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Trust and Project Culture with Rachel Davies at XPDay

Earlier this week, myself and some other youDevisers attended the XPDay conference in London. There were many good choices in terms of sessions, so many in fact, that we had to all coordinate to try to make sure we didn’t miss anything. One of the sessions I attended was Trust […]

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Domain Driven Design – Part 1: Shared (Ubiquitous) Language – This Seems Familiar

On the recommendation of my manager, I starting digging into the on-line version of the book Domain Driven Design Quickly. I found it a bit hard at first, not to read, but rather to stomach, for about the first 30 pages or so I felt a little bit… talked down […]

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More Javascript goodness.

As we move more and more into programming in Javascript, it’s helpful to try to keep as many of our good Java habits as possible – although each language does come with its own particular idiosyncrasies. One of Javascript’s bad habits is the pollution of the global name-space. There are […]

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Misko Hevery rocks.

I took some slack time today to watch his talk at Google on Unit Testing. It’s a really great talk on different kinds of tests, what they’re useful for, and how much of the different kinds you want to have. I can’t recommend it enough. He’s very clear in how […]

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YUI AJAX tries to get along, but sometimes that’s a bad thing. In particular when it comes to € (Euro) symbols.

At youDevise, we currently have our TIM pages encoded to the charset of ‘ISO-8859-15’ as opposed to the largely adopted and recommended ‘UTF-8’. This has allowed us to keep certain parts of our application compatible with some older systems still in use at our clients. Despite staying old-school in our […]

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