Plumbing connects destinations together in the most efficient manner possible. Roads are plumbing that connects cities. The wire is plumbing that connects the internet to our laptops. Wifi is the plumbing that connects routers to our phones. Want to make good software? Get the plumbing right, you never want your customers to be complaining about the plumbing, it should always “just work”.

The beauty of working on performance problems is that they are the simplest to measure – code still does what it was supposed to do before AND goes faster. WIN! The problem is, we always do this after the fact, after the customer reported it, after we deployed it to QA and it blew up.  After everything went wrong. We don’t do it before. And that’s where we need to start bundling the work into…

I’m pretty proud of what we’ve done with Remotely Prepared over the last two years.  We’ve spoken with more people than I ever thought we would and we’ve spun it into 4 amazing seasons of content around working remotely and getting the most out of your team. For the last few months, we’ve been talking about taking it in a different direction and now we are at that point.  Starting with our latest episode, we’ll…

Software teams get called out for being costly more often than not. Salaries never seem to shrink. They need high-running machines to write code on. They need additional software and tools to show where they are, how they are progressing, and when they might be able to deliver code to end-users. They need build machines and extra devices to make things work. They have questions (oh the questions, how cruel to ask questions). And this…

I’m going to try something new and see where it goes, a series of what I think are important pillars (blocks, stones?) of leading software teams.  This is all geared towards the new Software Manager, Team Lead, or any other role that is undertaking leadership responsibilities in their day-to-day endeavours. One-On-Ones If you are not doing these with your team and they are not of the scheduled variety, go, send out the calendar invites now…