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29
DEC
2008

If This Wasn’t True…

…it would be funny (Lost the Dilbert strip during the move, sorry 🙁 – 01/31/2009 CEN). In many big companies, the people who are allowed to bring about change are people who have titles like Director, VP, CIO, CMMI auditor, Black Belt – you get the idea.  One of the...
24
DEC
2008

Merry Xmas

Just wanted to wish everyone peace, glad tiddings, good times with family and friends. I also wanted to share one of my favorite (and best) Christmas spoofs out there – Futurama’s Xmas.  How can you go wrong with an evil Santa who delivers retribution instead of toys? When...
23
DEC
2008

Lost Boys: The Tribe

This movie shows everything that is wrong with Hollywood – I think the only people who would be pleased with this movie would be 15-year-old teenage boys.  They so ripped off Supernatural, all the way down to the creaking sound of the dog opening – so lame!  Oh, Corey...
19
DEC
2008

A Sad Day for Star Trek

  Majel Barrett-Roddenberry died today after sucumbing to lukeima.  She was 76.  Star Trek was one of the first sci-fi shows I got into when I was a kid (the stories from the original series follow many of the classic sci-fi themes).  I always remember her being so glamourous and...
12
DEC
2008

Is Code Foreclosure In Your Future?

I want to use this post to talk about the concept of design debt (or technical debt) to describe the variety of “shortcuts” software developers take to compromise design quality in order to gain a short term boost in productivity.  While there may be many good reasons to take...
10
DEC
2008

Agile is Lean for Software Development

I know – not the most profound insight or the most original.  I think I am finally beginning to understand the relationship between the two after studying all this Lean Six Sigma and Design Six Sigma stuff.  Agile is simply a co-evalent instance of the Lean concepts and...
08
DEC
2008

Agile Control Charts

I stumbled across Agile Shrugged today and read a post on how the author experienced a lot of variation in their team velocity.   The author did not seem too concerned with all the “sawtooth” behavior of velocity chart because they felt the velocity graph was a “fairly accurate...
05
DEC
2008

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

I liked this romantic comedy.  I normally do not like these types of movies, but it was recommended by a friend and I am glad I watched it.  It was a thoughtful, adult movie about a guy who gets his heart “broken in a million pieces” and how he moves on.  The dinner scene is...
04
DEC
2008

Anotando Demasiado

Spanish has an interesting word to explain the concept of “excessiveness” or “too much” – demasiado.  It can be used to talk about things, such as “Tenemos manzanas demasiadas”\”We have too many apples”, but interestingly enough it can also refer to people, as in “Él es...
02
DEC
2008

Function Points as an Agile Metric

Dave Nicolette posted an interesting blog post about using function points (FP) as a means to compare productivity between IT projects using different processes.  I understand the concept – find a metric that speaks to the audience we are trying to communicate with that...