Development Culture. Do You Speak It?

software developers in an open floor plan

What has a hundred legs, sits in your office, occupies fifty computer screens, clicks on keyboards and trackpads all day, and gets nothing accomplished? Answer: Your development team. Wait, the CEO says.  What is going on here?  We hired a bunch of developers.  We bought a very long party table and two very long benches. … Read more

Agile, Tribal Knowledge, and the Trail of Documentation

It's all ones and zeros

When I encounter a software company that claims to be “agile,” I often also hear something like this: “We’re an agile shop. We don’t do documentation because we don’t need to.  Documentation goes obsolete quickly.” Right. Whenever I hear such things, there is a part of my brain called the bullshitathalamus that quickly utters some … Read more

Can’t Get Technical Talent? Mind the Interviews!

Waiting for job interviews

Imagine this scenario: your company paid a recruiting firm to find candidates for new technical roles in support of your expanding product portfolio.  Technical talent is rolling in, your team is interviewing them, but nobody is accepting your offers.  You are starting to wonder how this is happening. “We’re a world-class company, with world-class talent … Read more

Mindfulness For Zombies

Zombie in the Office

Trick or treat! Almost everyone has seen zombie movies or shows.  Almost without exception, the zombies are portrayed as unthinking beasts, satisfying their primitive instincts by preying on the living.  Fun on Halloween, but rather apocalyptic and scary otherwise, right? Another way to think about zombies, is that they are incapable of higher thought.  They … Read more