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Blog Archive for emeade during December 2004

The Patriot Act, among other things, requires companies comply with certain types of reporting. I can't help but wonder how bugs play into this... there have been reports that there is no way to get off of no fly lists, what if an off by one bug put you on one? But false positives are two easy and most the time only hurt the individual, what about false negatives? What if Sybase...
I saw a link to Kent Beck's Future of Developer Testing from Nov. 17th, on scene's clips. 60 minutes of Kent talking about Developer Accountability, Software Health and a few other things. One of those other things Kent expressed, and I have long been to scared to say, is that one of the driving forces behind development job off-shoring, is business looking for more accountability, not...
So you think you got some Sustainable Pace, and you want to sharpen your axe, so what pops into your head? Fartlek! Alright, well pick your target - not a something huge like doubling the number of stories done. Small activities like integrating, deploying, writing one test would be good places to start. Maintain your form - you know that if your doing XP you're TDDing, PPing, attending...
In my last entry, Fartlek - Increasing your Sustainable Pace, I introduced fartleking as a metaphor to increase sustainable pace. I then went on to talk about some of the horrid things we let business do to us in the name of going faster and ended with a personal, touching story to illustrate the importance of Sustainable Pace. John D. Mitchell took issue with my metaphor, in Rhythms in...
Those I have coached know when it comes to development I thump the TDD bible, but when it comes to business I preach Sustainable Pace. Business always seems to be interested in increasing the pace and it isn't that hard (to describe). Fartleks a.k.a. "speed-play" is the answer. When fartleking you increase from your long slow pace to a short (the end is in sight) burst of speed, once you...