Posted by bryanzug - 2006/07/31
Kathy Sierra does it once again in Organic creativity: the Roomba process, this time summing up the importance of agile development methodology in a tight metaphor –– “the Roomba approach to organic design” ––
While this don’t-plan-every-damn-thing-in-advance model has started to gain popularity in the software development world, most, um, old-style programmers like me had an almost opposite model beat into us from the beginning. The well-intentioned concern for future extensibility, flexibility, scalability led us down the design garden path… skipping along assuming that WE were the smart ones who’d be ready when the dreaded yet inevitable Requirements/Specification Changes came in. With enough upfront design and extra coding, we could make our life down the road much easier. What we lost in time-to-release now would be more than made up for later. So we said.
But then the Extreme Programming and Agile Manifesto began to challenge that idea. While not everyone has drunk the XP koolaid (and oh how I hate forced pair-programming), most modern software development teams have been heavily influenced by at least some of the XP/Agile once-edgy, now more mainstream practices.
Posted by bryanzug - 2006/07/28
UPDATE: We’re starting a planning discussion of this via the comments below. You can track it via this RSS Feed for this post.
After the initial live video feed idea (which is cool in itself — there may be an internet 2 feed we can access), things got very interesting.
“Why don’t we roll our own YouTube” says I… “That would get the geeks excited!”
Wheels turn — “What about storage costs?”
“S3” we nearly chattered simultaneously (Amazon is looking cool to devs these days).
So now Roland and I are hot on the idea — what about you?
Calling geeks (esp. Amazon’s Jeff Barr), can you help us make this happen? What a viral proof of concept that would be, eh?
Posted by bryanzug - 2006/07/24
My GTD Meetup posts have prompted a few folks to ask me what GTD is all about. Thought I would post a link to ‘Getting started with “Getting Things Done”’ –– great GTD summary by Merlin Mann of 43 Folders (a great personal productivity blog).
Here’s an excerpt ––
Stuff is bouncing around in our heads and causing untold stress and anxiety. Evaluation meetings, bar mitzvahs, empty rolls of toilet paper, broken lawn mowers, college applications, your big gut, tooth decay, dirty underwear and imminent jury duty all compete for prime attention in our poor, addled brains. Stuff has no “home” and, consequently, no place to go, so it just keeps rattling around.
Worst off, we’re too neurotic to stop thinking about it, and we certainly don’t have time to actually do everything in one day. Jeez Louise, what the hell am I, Superman?
So you sprint from fire to fire, praying you haven’t forgotten anything, sapped of anything like creativity or even the basic human flexibility to adapt your own schedule to the needs of your friends, your family or yourself. Your “stuff” has taken over your brain like a virus now, dragging down every process it touches and rendering you spent and virtually useless. Sound familiar?
Posted by bryanzug - 2006/07/17
Due to a hearty response to the Seattle GTD Meetup tonight, location has been moved to Hale’s Ales in Frelard at 7:00 pm.
Posted by bryanzug - 2006/07/11
Interesting post from Digg on IBM choosing Drupal as an open source CMS for a developer tutorial project.
The popular IBM developerWorks site has started a new series entitled “Using open source software to design, develop, and deploy a collaborative Web site”. After reviewing numerous open source packages such as Typo3, Mambo, and the ever-hyped Ruby on Rails, they “decided to use Drupal”.
I particularly liked the detail of their selection process comparison of Drupal, Mambo, Typo3, Ruby on Rails, Movable Type, WordPress, and TextPattern.
I was recently at Drupal Camp in Seattle and have to say that I loved getting to know some of the developmers in the community — very cool (and active) bunch of folks.
Posted by bryanzug - 2006/07/05
UPDATE: Due to a hearty response, location has been moved to Hale’s Ales in Frelard at 7:00 pm. Details at —
Ping anyone else you know who’d be interested and tell them to join us.
Posted by bryanzug - 2006/07/04
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
Take a moment to read the entire Declaration of Independence.