Consulting Articles and Newsletters

When It Comes to Knowledge Transfer

03 Mar 2021

A recurring theme for my clients is knowledge transfer from one group to another. With these transfers’ regularity, one might expect a certain level of expertise in these transitions, but more often than not, they are full of challenges and surprises. So here are my current thoughts on how to handle knowledge transfer.

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Taking Two Bites Of an Ice Cream Cone

15 Feb 2021

Often I wind up working with teams and managers who want to know more about how to get started with automated testing or realize their efforts are backfiring. For the last of those cases, it is almost always because they adopted the ice-cream anti-pattern of testing, but I teach two techniques that help them get back on track.

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When to Stop Work

02 Feb 2021

There are a number of times in any given project or product development cycle where you might have to consider stopping work. I want to explore some of those ideas and share a story.

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Knowing the Details and Trusting the Team

01 Feb 2021

I often work with leaders who have a team or several teams of developers and want to trust them but wind up surprised and frustrated when news breaks. This incongruence feels a little hopeless because, on the one hand, they trust the team to take care of things, but then things still go wrong. What do you do about knowing the details and trusting the team?

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My Path to Learn Clojure

29 Jan 2021

I’ve been in this software game for over a decade now, and yep, still learning. Admittedly I haven’t had to put too much effort into learning new things as the years go on, but I decided to challenge myself by learning something where I have few previous patterns to leverage. I’m going to try and learn Clojure, which is a LISP, and breaks from most things I’m comfortable with.

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