Author Archives: chris

Agile – Where my Head’s At

Jeremy Deller’s Acid Brass Mind Map   Thanks to Karl Scotland, Agile Methods have been a part of my working practice since the turn of the century.  Test Driven Development, Continuous Integration, Refactoring and Collaboration with the Customer are fundamental to … Continue reading

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Glass Case Planners

Last week I saw Narek Alaverdyan give an inspiring Agile London talk on his work at Hotels.com transforming their delivery cadence, creating the ability to experiment and fail early, and so deliver more value to the business. This image, from his … Continue reading

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Bjarte Bogsnes Beyond Budgeting Breakfast Briefing – Key Ingredients

Last week I was lucky enough to take part in Bjarte Bogsnes ‘Beyond Budgeting’ Breakfast Briefing organised by Ivar Jacobson International and Rally Software. A lot of the ground covered in the talk can be found in these articles which … Continue reading

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C64 style terminal in OSX

My good friend @megastoat pointed me to these great Commodore 8Bit True Type Fonts. Here they are in action in the OSX terminal: And here is the .profile for the login message: View the code on Gist.

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Impact Mapping with MindMup

I’m a big fan of using Impact Mapping to set software development off on the right foot.  It does this by ensuring you are working towards a measurable goal; thinking upfront about who is going to help you achieve that goal … Continue reading

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Lean/Kanban – The Perils of Partial Adoption

Following a conversation on Twitter with Al Shalloway I thought I’d post this reflection on the perils of partial adoption when introducing Lean and Kanban into an organisation. In his book “Systems Thinking in the Public Sector” John Seddon talks … Continue reading

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Why I Love Baby Signing

Last November, Sasha Felix, founder of baby signing programme Sing and Sign asked parents to write about their experiences of Baby Signing for the Sussex addition of ABC Magazine. You can read it in the online version of ABC magazine (Select Page … Continue reading

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Telephone Game Fail

Here at Base79 we do a weekly Technology show-and-tell for the dev team where one member of the team talks about a technology, practice or method they are using. This week I did a session on Specification by Example, talking … Continue reading

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Fun with OAuth, gdata and the Google APIs Client Library for Python

One of the fun aspects of working in IT is the way the simple things you think you have a handle on give way to more complicated technologies as the problem space changes.  Going from ASCII to Unicode is a … Continue reading

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BDDX 2012 Take Aways

This year’s Agile Testing and Behaviour Driven Development Exchange, BDDX, took place last Friday, 23rd November. It was full of great insight and I wanted to record my take aways from the event. A central theme of the day was … Continue reading

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