Category Archives: software development

Speed vs Predictability

Understanding which trait is most important to a project can be a big factor in whether that project is seen as successful. It can also help determine the best way to “manage” a project (in a “project management” sort of … Continue reading

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Recruitment Talk

I’ve written a few times about recruitment.  In particular you can read what I had to say on Job Applications and Interviews.  There are even some amusing stories from my Interviews. This time I’d like to share a talk I … Continue reading

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Progress – Part 3 (What still needs improving?)

In the previous parts, we looked at how things used to be in the development team, and then looked at how things are now.  This time, lets look at the areas that still need improving. As a small company trying … Continue reading

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Progress – Part 2 (How things are now)

Last time we looked at how things used to be within my development team.  This time, let’s look at how things are now and some of the improvements that have been made. We now have 3 broad teams of developers, … Continue reading

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Progress – Part 1 (How things used to be)

I started as Software Development Manager about 5 years ago and I’d like to share some of the changes that have occurred since then.  Some of those changes I’ve worked hard to create, some were pushed by others within the … Continue reading

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Learning from Mistakes

Wouldn’t it be great if everyone learnt from their mistakes?  Well, I like to think I’m a glass half full sort of person, so I believe that people do learn from their mistakes.  However, what happens when they don’t realise … Continue reading

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The True Cost of Developing Software

How much does it cost to develop software? I remember in my early days of software development I worked for an outsourced software development company and we followed a Waterfall approach to software development.  We had neat phases that we … Continue reading

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My First Computer

One of my favourite interview questions is asking how long someone has been interested in computers. Someone with a long-term interest will usually be more motivated to learn and improve, i.e. the sort of person I want to work with. … Continue reading

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Planning Genius or Stupidity?

Here’s a little story of a project I was recently involved in. I always enjoy the chance to watch and learn from other people’s work, so with an external Project Manager I was looking forward to this one. Things started … Continue reading

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The Talent Code

I’ve recently finished reading, The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle. Here’s my summary of the key points and how I think we could use these in software development. I’m a definite subscriber to the idea that the best software developers are … Continue reading

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