Looked at my shelf with to-read books. There's 34 of them. Feeling rich.

Having seen a number of assessments by job candidates where they are asked to critique user stories, one clear pattern is too much focus on what's unclear in each acceptance criterion, not enough on what's not in the acceptance criteria at all.

Whoever is teaching test engineers to add a comment to each of their tests that adds no information whatsoever compared to the code of the test itself, please stop.

Just got my second jab! 💉💉 Two more weeks until I'm fully vaccinated!

Heuristic: if someone describes their process as "We're doing <method(ology) X>", they most likely aren't.

Skill: distinguishing freedom from negligence.

The problem with that is that each time something goes wrong and you add a process step, your processes get longer and longer, and slower and slower and you build up something I call ‘scar tissue-processes’. - Adrian Cockroft

Is there any science fiction where a giant beam hitting earth from space is a good sign?

One of the best James Hofffmans ever: The Most Wonderfully Absurd Coffee Brewer Ever Made - youtu.be/tltBHjmIUJ0

Doing too many things at work. Cycle time is suffering. Darnit! Already said no to one thing so I can get back on track.

Finished van Reybrouck's "Against Elections" in which he argues in favor of a combination of volunteering and lottery over elections to make democracy more democratic: app.thestorygraph.com/books/b1

I wonder if we'll see more of that with the discontent around how Covid-19 is handled.

Still at the very early stages of my Context of Agile project context-of-agile.org/ and I already found an article claiming to be published in 2012 that reproduces part of an article that claims to be published in 2015. If time machines were involved, I'm giving up.

Am starting to wonder if software development would be in a better place if we had focused more on Lean and Extreme Programming and less on Scrum.

Just started reading Johanna Rothman's third book of Modern Management Made Easy leanpub.com/manageorg and already found something that made me pauze and think: "extend flow efficiency to managers". Will stop reading for now to let that sink in.

TFW when the result of your day 10 puzzle 2 Python script is your laptop fan going crazy for a minute, then the fan stopping and you seeing the output "Killed".

TFW you propose a book club at work to read Jerry Weinberg's "Becoming a Technical Leader" and a bunch of people say yes within 30 minutes. :-)

In software development it's rarely worth it to invest in a better plan - 'better' as in more details, more precision, more things listed. Chances are the effort you're willing to invest (and rightfully so) is a lot less than what would be needed to get the plan to that level.

Which is not to say you don't need a plan, but a plan should provide you with options, not commitments.

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I have a (free) new book out! "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is an anti-monopolist critique of Big Tech that connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposes a way to deal with both:



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