New Development Methodology

Agile Methodologies, Evolutionary Development, Test Driven Development, Waterfall, etc have nothing on my brand new development methodology: Guess & Check. Yes, you've heard me right, Guess & Check Development. It's much simpler than any of the other practices. It doesn't require requirements. It doesn't require testing. It doesn't even require customer involvement… as long as […]


Potential Downtime Coming

Well, the new hosting provider is online (Thanks Joel!) so there is some potential downtime coming within the next week or so. I've got everything set up on that end, I just need to flip the switches, but I'm not going to be watching very carefully once I go on vacation next week. Oh yeah, […]


Development Portfolios

Just like everyone else, I've applied and interviewed for a development job or ten. You know the situation… you kick off your resume, get a time for an interview, walk in with another copy of your resume, and talk about your past projects. If the interviewer subscribes to the Microsoft Model of interviewing, they may […]


Personal Strengths

A few months ago, I was at a Christian Leadership Conference by the Willow Creek Association where a slightly-hyper-Brit by the name of Marcus Buckingham spoke about his book: Now, Discover Your Strengths or simply NDYS. He discussed leadership patterns across different companies, the satisfaction of individuals within organizations, how these affect motivation and effectiveness, […]


Sleep is for the weak

So I guess I finally admit it, I'm weak. After last week's whirlwind adventure and 60+ hours of working, I took the weekend off from posting mostly to rest, recuperate, and experience the joy of various Christmas Parties. No, I have no shame in saying it because that's what they were. Anyway, CEO and I […]


Distributed Development Teams

With KC on the road this week, I am encountering the difficulty that more and more Project Managers are running into: a Distributed Development Team. It's every Managers' not-so-secret fear that when the team is seperated by physical distance – and even worse, timezones or cultures – productivity is hurt, communication is weakened, and deadlines […]


Codebase^2 Redux

As I described before, last week I was forced to fork the codebase on an application that I had previously built a role-based permissions system to handle the variations between the systems. Well, as I have predicted, development has continued in all four versions and I am being told to merge all of the updates […]


More details from the Road.

After working a 10 hour day with a 30 minute break for lunch yesterday, we took another 2 hours off and came back to the office until 11pm. I'm building a Billing Module for the application that I've cultivated since the early Requirements stages. I have 8 pages of requirements, but none of them detail […]