Hazards And Safeguards for Software Rewrites

Posted April 30, 2014 by Curtis Cooley in Anzen, Anzeneering

Throwing away a legacy system and rewriting it from scratch may be tempting, but it is also hazardous. Here are typical issues you’ll encounter:
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TDD Is Dead Sale

Posted by Joshua Kerievsky in Learning

We recently found out that Test-Driven Development is dead!! David Heinemeier Hansson broke the awful news on his blog. We are heartbroken, to say the least! Over the years we’ve come to rely on TDD for: focus confidence stress reduction speed simplicity safety building deploying refactoring What will replace it now that it is apparently […]
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Benefits of Continuous Deployment

Posted April 10, 2014 by Joshua Kerievsky in Anzen, Anzeneering, Extreme Programming

Is Continuous Deployment (CD) genuinely beneficial to organizations or just a technical geek obsession that doesn’t really provide value? I will answer that question by describing Industrial Logic’s experience with CD, which began in 2010. To get CD to work, we first had to make our Continuous Integration rock solid. Doing that forced us to […]
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Avoid Rework Through Behavior-Driven Development

Posted by Tim Ottinger in Agile eLearning, Learning

Your team is having a frustrating day. The demo led to arguments and accusations. The feature is not going to ship. This isn’t the first time. The analysts have redoubled their efforts, adding more prose, more diagrams, more explanatory text, yet frustrating disconnects remain. Miscommunication during handoff creates waste and rework. Disappointment creates frustration and […]
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The History of Microtests

Posted April 9, 2014 by Ingmar van Dijk in Agile eLearning, Extreme Programming, Learning, Test Driven Development

At Industrial Logic we use the term microtest instead of unit test. What is a microtest and why don’t we use the standard industry term, unit test? Watch Mike Hill (aka Geepaw Hill) explain what microtests are, how they differ from unit tests and their connection to Test-Driven Development.
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Heroism Is Hazardous

Posted March 27, 2014 by Joshua Kerievsky in Anzen, Anzeneering

Does your shop routinely rely on heroism to get work done or solve emergency problems? A culture that relies on or encourages heroism is usually ignorant of the fundamental hazards present in the workflow, code base and workplace. We must not blame the heroes in such a culture. The real issue is almost always a […]
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Visualizing Hazardous Code

Posted March 4, 2014 by Joshua Kerievsky in Anzen, Anzeneering

Do your software development tools visualize the hazardous areas of your code? Most do not. This makes our job more dangerous because important hazards are invisible.
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Are you risking your health and creativity by sitting all day?

Posted February 24, 2014 by Industrial Logic in Anzen, Anzeneering, Culture, Health, Learning, Tech Safety

Foggy brain. Poor circulation. Back trouble. Decreased life expectancy. Yikes. This is your fate if you sit at a desk all day. Have you considered standing while you work? Several hundred thinkers at Facebook prefer to stand for the same reasons that da Vinci, Bonaparte, Churchill, Dickens and Hemingway did: They can think better standing […]
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Asleep At The Wheel: A Hidden Health Hazard?

Posted February 14, 2014 by Tim Ottinger in Anzen, Anzeneering, Tech Safety

A manager told me that one of his reliable developers seemed to be struggling to maintain focus and wakefulness through the work day. Often we see productivity as a matter of raw effort and motivation. A less enlightened manager may have chided the developer for his lack of energy and attention. The manager may have […]
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Anzeneering

Posted January 21, 2014 by Joshua Kerievsky in Anzen, Anzeneering

Want to know what decades in the software field has taught me? Protecting people is the most important thing we can do, because it frees people to take risks and unlocks their potential. I call this Anzeneering, a new word derived from anzen (meaning safety in Japanese) and engineering.
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