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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Avoid Hazards by Making Decisions Once and Only Once

Posted November 11, 2013 by Curtis Cooley in Learning

Once a decision is made in your code, using flags and decision statements to make the same decision over and over again is hazardous. The safe way is to remove the duplication and make the decision once and only once.
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Selenium Testing: More Dangerous than We Thought?

Posted October 24, 2013 by Patrick Welsh in Agile eLearning, Extreme Programming, Learning, Tech Safety, Training

Selenium (Se) is a useful but dangerous tool. For example, it is extremely useful for cross-browser, multi-page scenario testing.
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Fashion-Driven Development

Posted October 14, 2013 by Joshua Kerievsky in Learning, Refactoring, Software Design

In his foreword to the book, The Joy of Clojure, Steve Yegge shared this insight: “The global programming community is fashion-driven to a degree that would embarrass haute couture designers from New York to Paris.”
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Stories: Small is the New Big

Posted October 2, 2013 by Patrick Welsh in Agile Transition, Coaching, Learning

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVJoZdQxkqk&list=UUQScrIAUqnPqwBu97eO17WQ We were taught, ages ago, to write User Stories so that they made business sense: As a [role], I want [some ability], so that I can [accomplish something valuable]. These days, we realize that’s not really ideal — at least not for the small things we chunk our work into, and commit to delivering […]
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Tech Safety In DeMarco’s Classic

Posted June 21, 2013 by Joshua Kerievsky in Learning, Tech Safety

Tom DeMarco made software analysis and development inherently safer in 1978 when he published his classic, Structured Analysis and System Specification. Even back then, Tom saw how unsafe it was to: shoot once for perfection write giant specifications define behavior via ambiguous language let software maintenance costs soar produce poorly designed code perform insufficient testing
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Why Are Most Agile Adoptions Failing?

Posted June 20, 2013 by Amr Elssamadisy in Learning, Tech Safety

Most agile adoptions show very little success.  Most teams show only a moderate increase in productivity.  Based on my experience and many conversations over the years, I’d say that only 10% of agile development teams actually reach “high performance” where they are achieving 200% to 500% improvements.  We can do much better than that.  And a key step is […]
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Tech Safety Step One: Realizing When You Have A Problem

Posted June 18, 2013 by Joshua Kerievsky in Tech Safety

I’m going to tell you a story that illustrates precisely why paying attention to tech safety is vital for your business and the first step on your road to improving. The other day I experienced an ordering ordeal, a high tech injury that occurs when completing an order is painful, awkward and time-consuming.
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