Friday, April 24, 2020

RIF Notes #60

“With the possible exception of the four #Accelerate metrics, a metrics driven approach to evaluation is rarely effective. As Deming says: It is wrong to suppose that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it – a costly myth." - Allen Holub

Monday, February 10, 2020

RIF Notes #59

“The reason was uncovered in a study by Zheng Wang at Ohio State University. She tracked students and found that when they multi-tasked, it made them feel more productive, even though in reality they were being unproductive. Other studies found that the more you multitask, the more addicted you get to it."

Friday, December 27, 2019

RIF Notes #58–Year end blow out

"Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing." — Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching


Bonus quotes

"If you can't modularize a monolith, what makes you think that you can create microservices?"

"Has it occurred to you that teaching folks how to collaborate in an environment that encourages the opposite (eg use of performance reviews that promote individual behaviour) is a fools errand?…Here's another head-scratcher: companies that "value collaboration" but stack rank everyone every year" - Dan Creswell

"Listing bugs in some ticketing system does not fix them. Fix them. If there are too many to do that, it may be time for a rewrite, and this time enforce a no-known-bugs-on-deployment rule. Bugs slow down development. They are productivity killers." - Allen Holub

"I define a monolith as a single executable with all code running in a single address space." - Uncle Bob

"People who ask for data rarely have data to support the alternative they prefer." – Allen Holub

"No single message bus product will provide all these features. To mitigate the risk of choosing poorly, you should start with a plain, easy-to-use and free message bus, and implement the architecture initially with that message bus. This will enable you to learn about what are the desired qualities, attributes, and to prioritize them. Only then chose the best of breed" – Juval

"It is more important for code to be changeable than that it work. Code that does not work, but that is easy to change, can be made to work with minimum effort. Code that works but that is hard to change will soon not work and be hard to get working again." - Uncle Bob

"When you first study a field, it seems like you have to memorize a zillion things. You don't. What you need is to identify the 3-5 core principles that govern the field. The million things you thought you had to memorize are various combinations of the core principles." -J. Reed

"Please do not fall prey to the idea that any activity that does not measurably advance your career is somehow necessarily harming it. You have only this one beautiful life; do not avoid living it for fear that your total productive output might be less than the theoretical max." Katie Mack


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

RIF Notes #57

"If you ever hear yourself saying, 'I think I understand this,' that means you don't." - Richard Feynman

Friday, October 4, 2019

RIF Notes #56

The best advice I've ever received is, 'No one else knows what they're doing either'.’” - Ricky Gervais

“To figure out whether you really understand an idea, write it down. Unclear writing is a sign of unclear thinking. To figure out whether anyone else will understand your writing, read it out loud. Unclear speaking is a sign of unclear writing.” –Adam Grant

“Corporate life (not mine) is fascinating. Book an hour long meeting with 40 people with no agenda? No one bats an eye. Ask for a few hundred bucks for professional development? Requires several weeks of discussion and goes all the way up to VP level for review.” Eric Bin

“A "vanity metric" is something that you measure that doesn't lead to improvement. They aren't "actionable." E.g.: the number of page hits on your web site is a vanity metric because there's nothing you can do if you don't like the number, & it tells you nothing useful.” – Allen Holub

“My code can’t be tidier than my thinking. The purpose of my tidying is to clarify my thinking by manipulating the code. The code ends up better, but because I understand more not because I somehow forced it to be better in spite of my confusion.” – Kent Beck

Monday, August 19, 2019

RIF Notes #55

“I don't believe in selling "Agile" at all, and I *really* don't believe in selling somebody metrics or indicators. If somebody want's proof that what you're doing is effective, ask them what a good indicator would be." -Allen Holub