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What Makes a Team Great?

2016-09-15_12-45-25.pngI have had the privilege of being on 3 different teams that were great.   This same question has come up each time.  Opinion:  One or two drivers, those who help push the group tp greatness without appearing pushy, very difficult.  Open communication where everyone gets a turn to talk and systems to help that process along.  One great team had a Remote Bulletin Board System yes, a BBS.  It was called HARLIE and I still have a copy of it on diskettes floating around somewhere.

via What Makes a Team Great? — DZone Agile Zone

Between the UK/EU and Coding is Over, I’m screwed


Woke up this morning to find out the UK bailed from the UE.  Pre-opening stock numbers were in the negative 700’s.  Now this article “Coding is Over” by Lauren, I’m looking for a large piece of cardboard and a sharpie marker.   This article was a very interesting read from someone who has only been doing coding for 3 months.  I have heard of Automatic Program Generator for the last upfourty years.  None of them have mounted up to anything significant.

I’m all about code reuse and modular design and keeping the “Pace” to produce up high as possible.  In the end the stock markets will recover and I’ll throw away my cardboard sign and we will all be back on the boring path of Life.



Technology Pinnacle and the adoption curve


Special thanks to Daniel Stori comic on the topic of technology “Pinnacle”.  This is so true but, it not just limited to blood relatives it also includes friends who you treat you as their “Rent a Geek”, customers not in the IT industry, employees of other IT consulting firms and even some CIO’s.  Technology topics that seem to have passed the pinnacle include relational databases, not relational database, dashboards, agile, scrum, kanban, analytics, JavaScript full stack, cloud anything, streaming and big data.