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Principles, Systems and Tools (AKA Why Hammers Don’t Fix Every Problem)

Every once in awhile I review previous posts and find that I’ve touched on a topic, but I haven’t provided much background. I must have done a poor job in my prior reviews because I missed the fact that several of my previous posts talk about the relationship of Principles, Systems and Tools without actually […]

No is an Acceptable Answer

Co-authored by Andrew Carlson When used appropriately, “No” can be our most powerful tool. Truly powerful “no” users employ it in the following ways: No, but… … we could always try ‘x.’ We don’t need to be a yes-(wo)men or flip-flop on our opinions but we do need to give reasonable alternatives to the desired course of action. Simply saying ‘no’ without any […]

Angular 2 – What We’ve Learned

This post was co-authored by Landon Cline and Andrew Carlson It’s no secret that the JavaScript world is moving incredibly quickly to the point of exhausting anyone actively involved in developing products using a remotely ‘modern’ JS style. With your JavaScript fatigue on the backburner, let’s talk Angular 2. Why the fuss over a version change? […]

9 Tips for Managing People Who Think for Work

For most of my career I’ve associated with people who think for work. This thinking has taken place in quite a number of industries and environments, many that aren’t typically thought of as having knowledge workers. I’ve tripped up several times, so I’d like to share some of my personal learnings in a hope that […]

Balancing Chaos and Bureaucracy

The death of Agile is the twin evils of Chaos and Bureaucracy. Either evil, by itself, will spell the end. The ideal is to strike a balance between the two which provides just enough bureaucracy so as to avoid a headlong fall into chaos. Henrik Kniberg provided a great presentation on the Agile Enterprise culture […]

IE9 and stylesheet limits

For many of our sites IE9 and (hopefully not) below are part of the scope. So here is something to remember when things aren’t showing up as expected (well even more than usual) on IE9. Internet Explorer can’t handle more than 4,095 selectors in a single CSS file. This is definitely pretty easy to run […]

The Miracle of Leveling Demand

Figuring out how to accommodate the variability of client needs is a constant struggle. At times there will be too much work to do, or a deadline too quick, or even a lag in requests. Agile and Lean both address this issue by applying the principle of Leveling, but may do it in different ways. […]

I am an Enoughionist

I’ve recently heard a lot of talk about the Minimally Viable Product or Minimally Marketable Product The idea of the MVP is closely related to the Agile Principle of “Simplicity—the art of maximizing the amount of work not done—is essential”. Elio Carletti said: Beauty is a summation of the parts working together in such a way […]

Code and Coffee Notes for 2/18/16

Location: VML Airport Topics: Audio equipment for multiple mic setup on podcast Angular 2 and Tour of Heroes Agile – The importance of acceptance criteria in separation of concerns between front and back end work and parallel development Attendees: Evan Vermilyea Preston Chandler Erik Akers Frankie Cline Andrew Carlson Jacob Berthelsen Landon Cline Anthony Piercy […]

Sitecore Hackathon 2016 (Jan 29th 7pm – Jan 30th 7pm)

Developers Involved: Bill Dinger – Technical Architect Ty Esser – Platform Architect Landon Cline – Application Developer   On January 29th we competed in a Sitecore Hackaton. The rules for which can be read here. We decided to produce a Habitat Module and below are some reference links for the project. Documentation from our presentation […]

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