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Jan
25
comment How common is pair programming in the workplace?
@Michael, not always, but sometimes I thinking pairing on legacy code can be useful. It can break down silo's and/or reduce refactoring costs. That said, I completely agree w/ you.
Jan
25
comment How common is pair programming in the workplace?
You are welcome. Our turnover has been pretty low... 4 of us have shared the same office for 15+ years though 4 relocations (across 4 buildings and 2 states)!
Jan
25
comment How common is pair programming in the workplace?
This profession requires keeping ego's in check. It's not always easy, but the rewards will be extremely beneficial.
Jan
19
comment What to do about “Failure Driven Development”?
Given the comment "mismatch between CampA and CampB is a political issue..." I'm marking this as the 'correct' answer.
Jan
17
comment What to do about “Failure Driven Development”?
We actually have an Agile coach. I should have mentioned that. It was he and I who coined the term FDD. As far as product owner, it's also the customer. Who happens to be large enough that their enterprise is conducive to this behavior.
Jan
4
comment Anti-depressant and programming: does it reduce your thinking and focusing abilities?
@Malfist, I guess I wasn't clear. I was merely trying to say those of us that sit 8-10 hours a day, should move 30-60 minutes as well. And my through personal experience, I feel better. I wasn't advocating it as a solution or answer, at least completely. I would have 'answered' in that case. I was trying to put my $0.02 in a comment.
Jan
4
comment Anti-depressant and programming: does it reduce your thinking and focusing abilities?
IMHO, anyone who takes on a sedentary career should involve themselves in physical activity. I don't think it takes a psychologist to see that. Try 2-3 weeks of activity for yourself and see if you don't feel at least somewhat better. I can speak from my own experience, being only a developer who runs. (sometimes at lunch to clear my head during a hectic day)
Dec
14
comment Separate servers vs local machine for builds, issue tracking etc on solo project
I would add a pro for separate server is you know you have everything under source control. You can't forget to commit something.
Dec
9
comment Is SourceSafe really safe?
With all the alternatives, it's hard to justify using, because when it goes south, that's what you'll have: Nothing.
Nov
17
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
Or sadly, just hiring 1 cheap one...
Nov
17
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
To buy or develop comes down to the right people doing due diligence. Simple as that. Think before you act. (+1)
Nov
17
comment What are the worst false economies in software development?
I can't count the number of times I've seen the management stop developers (2 to 3) for a day then a deployment specialist to crash fix something (and do this numerous times over the product's life cycle) instead of spending 2-4 days to do it right. Great answer.
Nov
16
comment Have you ever been really badly burned by VSS?
Twice daily backups?!? Wasn't that a constant backup?
Nov
15
comment Enterprise knowledge sharing?
@Pierre, how do see competition instead of collaboration? I respect your view, but I honestly don't see it. I'm curious.
Nov
15
comment Enterprise knowledge sharing?
Great question. We have the same issues. We call it the "what if <insert-name> gets hit by a bus" syndrome. Thanks for asking this.
Nov
12
comment Is there a viable alternative to the agile development methodology?
interesting question. looking forward to the answers.
Nov
12
comment What is the most egregious waste of money you have seen, and what did you do about it?
Ironically, it was their call to attend. Which is good. The need for change is seen on the macro scale. Once we're at the code level, it's more challenging. It's not perfect, but any way to bring transparency is good.
Nov
12
comment What is the most egregious waste of money you have seen, and what did you do about it?
As I said, "it's on going" and not easy. I'm also not sure if it's any one thing. Adopting agile practices and bringing transparency is a start. Example employing a daily stand-up helps. The CTO attends this nearly every day and pays attention to the "face planting" that is reported with the legacy code. The helps to identify some things.
Nov
12
comment What is the most egregious waste of money you have seen, and what did you do about it?
+1 for pointing out the environmental costs. (would up vote if I could)
Nov
12
comment Whats the greatest most impressive programing feat you ever witnessed?
I once saw a guy bench press 2 KLocs... (sorry, could not resist)