Monthly Archives: July 2011

July 2011

Managing Software Projects: When has it gone RIGHT?

By |2011-07-16T18:26:00-09:00July 16th, 2011|Uncategorized|

It occurred to me yesterday that I have never seen a software project managed well. (Almost) Every project I've worked on has had the fortune of excellent talent that has delivered and made someone money, but the developers always get burned out doing it.Is this just the nature of the industry? Is it not actually [...]

Scaling with Virtual Machines

By |2011-07-02T20:14:00-09:00July 2nd, 2011|Uncategorized|

One new thing since my real-world hiatus in the music industry is the prevalence of low-cost (like free) virtual machine software. They're cheap, they're stable, now we have linux and windows wherever we want, we can all own macbooks.This idea is extremely intriguing when you start applying it to deploying server software. It seems to [...]

My release schedule

By |2011-07-02T09:11:00-09:00July 2nd, 2011|Uncategorized|

0) Throw that dumb DDD/FRD schema you learned in college out the window.1) Gather requirements. Talk, meet, and outline as much of the system as you can with your poor human brain. Make sure you know your tools well enough to ask the right questions. Compile a list of atomic features that can be checked [...]

Beware the “cool” company

By |2011-07-02T08:50:00-09:00July 2nd, 2011|Uncategorized|

"Office Space" changed everything. The cubby has been a known death-wish for several years. Grey walls, beige boxes, dorky ties and coffee mugs. Screw that, right?These days you see a lot of companies steering clear of that dead and dying image by sprucing up their offices, having more fun group events, shooting toy guns at [...]