In January I was invited to sit on the expert panel for Lean Agile Manchester. It was a great honour and a really interesting evening. A few days before the event, the organiser contact myself and fellow panelists to invite us to bring marketing or promotional materials along. This stumped myself and the other Allegro… Read More Marketing innovation
Where I talk about comics and the next steps in Devops http://www.thoughtworks.com/talks/introducing-netops-xconf-europe-2014 Thanks so much for putting the event on and inviting me Thoughtworks ^_^
Post HackManchester and acquisition week. Unfortunately I contracted a terrible flu which rendered me useless. I spent the week laying on the sofa under a duvet and feeling sorry for myself. On Thursday I attempted to work from home. It turned out the previous week I had made a breaking change and gone home for… Read More w/c 27th October 2014
So today we can announce that our company has been acquired by an awesome Silicon Valley based company IIX: http://www.iixpeering.net/, we’re backed by NEA, investors with a keen eye for The Next Big Thing. We’re absolutely delighted to be part of this awesome team! The reason they bought is the reason I was brought in… Read More WOOHOOOO! Allegro’s HQ is now in Silicon Valley!
Monday James had added some new environment variables to our development environment. I got the latest git repo out, ran the update and my Ubuntu VM died a death. I spent the day trying to get a new one up and running. The setup script and base VM had been created last summer, so were… Read More w/c 29th September
Busier week than usual! Monday saw an interesting evolution of the re-architecture of our core domain at work. As we’ve learned more about our domain, and started feeling the pain from the external layers of our system, James and I have figured that things aren’t quite right. It started off as a realisation that all our… Read More w/c 22nd September 2014
I’m going to nick a format from my lovely friend Jordan Hatch to action something I’ve been thinking about since reading Kevin Rutherford‘s posts…. I don’t blog enough. I don’t have the time. Mostly because my posts become long and heavy. Kevin’s posts are succint little nuggest that really get you thinking. Jordan’s weekly log books give… Read More New post format
Just over a year ago I started work at Allegro Networks. This was an amazing opportunity for me to work on an entirely greenfield project. Whilst I waited for the other two developers to start, I began the process of figuring out What We Were Supposed To Do. I asked questions. I sat and listened.… Read More Bringing user stories to life
Is refactoring waste? Interesting article on refactoring being waste. Have a read. THis is my follow up: When we’re practising TDD with katas, a common practise when following the Red, Green Refactor, is at the green stage. We ask ourselves, how can we get to green with the simplest, least effort change. Maybe a line… Read More Is refactoring waste?