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No More Rock Stars

16 minute read

Thumbnail image for 'No More Rock Stars' When I was seventeen I bought a stack of Lou Reed records. I didn’t really know that much about Lou Reed but there was this girl. And she really liked him. And I really liked her. So I needed to get into Lou Reed quickly. I started where everyone starts with Lou reed - the 1972 classic Transformer - by any standards an impeccable piece of work with its heady mix of brash sexual metaphors and delicate vocals. Then I explored forwards ...

The Lean Architect

9 minute read

Thumbnail image for 'The Lean Architect' Any man mentions he’s a Certified ScrumMaster spends a night in the box Anyone who’s soaked their head in agile techniques for a while can’t help but become a little obsessed by the concept of “lean”. Behind all the fine words they’re essentially the same thing - a quest to discover ways of delivering with the minimum amount of waste: stand-ups instead of meetings, cards instead of documentation, conversations instead of process, valu...

The Big Data Deception

11 minute read

Thumbnail image for 'The Big Data Deception' You can’t go to a conference, read a blog (ahem) or open a tech mag without someone talking about Big Data these days. Now I’m as excited the next person whenever new techniques, approaches, tools, frameworks, whatever come along, but equally, given our industry’s penchant for hype, it’s important to keep one eye out for denuded emperors keen to show off their new wardrobe or vendors with sales targets to hit. About three seconds af...

The Inevitability of Evil

14 minute read

Thumbnail image for 'The Inevitability of Evil' Staff rarely looked forward to the team building offsite Google’s code of conduct begins with the phrase “Don’t be evil”. If you work for, or with, Google you’re meant to follow the code. Google’s management enforce the code to the extent that you’re even protected from retaliation if you blow the whistle on someone who is being evil. I have a pet peeve with codes of conduct, missions statements, HR policies and (my favourite) archit...

The Grand High Order of the Easter Bunny

7 minute read

Thumbnail image for 'The Grand High Order of the Easter Bunny' I’ve talked, rather a lot, about my views on the use of open source software in the big fat corporate enterprise. Because these rambles have been at conferences or in occasional blog posts, the pitch has been aimed at enterprise developers: Use open-source where you can, but do not think of it simply as a “free” resource; give something back to community through promoting it, patching it, extending it and paying for support. Ev...