Coding While Impaired – A Reason For Project Failure Rates

Every so often you will come across a comparison of drunk driving to trying the same action while sleep deprived.  This usually is surprising to spectators when the lack of sleep is shown to be as bad as consuming a lot of alcohol.  Although developers tend to be comfortable drinking and drinking alcohol, they are far more known for long hours and lack of sleep.  Maybe this correlation can also be extended to the larger than average project failure rates. The Caffeine Culture …

Finding A Good Scrum Master

It is hard to believe many readers have not heard of the Agile approach to development.  This methodology is a hot approach, and all of the players are in demand.  Of these roles, the most in-demand appears to be the scrum master.  The challenge in filling this role is often figuring out what sort of skills are best for it.  Is it a technical role? A manager? An analyst?  Let’s look at what the responsibilities are and then the skills a good …

Use Research Time To Improve Your Team

The schedule of every IT team I have worked with is full.  There is always a steady stream of tasks to be done and technical debt to address.  This makes it easy for a manager or team lead to keep the whole team working at 100% (or more) day in and day out.  The problem with this full steam ahead approach is that it does not provide time for research of new technologies and skill development. Popular Example Google made …