Random Thoughts: Measuring Technical Debt

This is a rambling-about-random-thoughts post. It goes a little out there. Have fun! This post was triggered by the Lean Code talk at #xp2017, by Desmond Rawls (@okokillgo) Using Lean Startup principles to improve code quality. Nick was using the normal code quality metrics for this. That is good, but: not all that actionable, and … Continue reading Random Thoughts: Measuring Technical Debt

The Blindfolded Ninja Model of Software Development

The ancient and respected team of Science Ninja is amazing. For centuries (or so it seems) they’ve protected the temple of Llabdum. The temple is old, with many places showing signs of previous attacks, or simply crumbling rock and weapons still in the skeletal hands of fallen enemies. Or maybe, you know, just lego bricks … Continue reading The Blindfolded Ninja Model of Software Development

Top Gear: A New Refactoring Kata

For the last five or six years, I've been using coding exercises during job interviews. After talking a little with a candidate I open my laptop, call up an editor, and we sit together to do some coding. My favourite exercise for this is a refactoring kata that I came up with. I've always found … Continue reading Top Gear: A New Refactoring Kata

Don’t Refactor. Rebuild. Kinda.

I recently had the chance to speak at the wonderful Lean Agile Scotland conference. The conference had a very wide range of subjects being discussed on an amazingly high level: complexity theory, lean thinking, agile methods, and even technical practices! I followed a great presentation by Steve Smith on how the popularity of feature branching … Continue reading Don’t Refactor. Rebuild. Kinda.

Agile 2015 Talk: Don’t Refactor. Rebuild. Kinda.

Monday, August 3, I had the opportunity to give a talk at the Agile Alliance's Agile 2015 conference in Washington, D.C. My first conference in the US, and it was absolutely fantastic to be able to meet so many people I'd only interacted with on mailing lists and twitter. It was also a huge conference, … Continue reading Agile 2015 Talk: Don’t Refactor. Rebuild. Kinda.

Outside in, whatever’s at the core

I haven't written anything on here for quite a while. I haven't been sitting still, though. I've gone independent (yes, I'm for hire!) and been working with a few clients, generally having a lot of fun. I was also lucky enough to be able to function as Chet's assistent (he doesn't need one, which was … Continue reading Outside in, whatever’s at the core

Code Cleaning: A Refactoring Example In 50 Easy Steps

One of the things I find myself doing at work is looking at other peoples code. This is not unusual, of course, as every programmer does that all the time. Even if the 'other people' is him, last week. As all you programmers know, rather often 'other people's code' is not very pretty. Partly, this … Continue reading Code Cleaning: A Refactoring Example In 50 Easy Steps