RIF Notes #32

Here’s the first in three years.

Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that their ability to think creatively fell markedly if their working days were punctuated with meetings. They did far better if left to focus on their projects without interruption for a large chunk of the day, and had to collaborate with no more than one colleague.

Decluttering the company [The Economist]

  1. Most "mad scientists" are actually just mad engineers
  2. The Quiet Crisis unfolding in Software Development
  3. Design Tip #178 Tried and True Concepts for DW-BI Success –“My suggestion for ongoing success is to keep your eyes wide open and constantly focus on the basics – the fundamental blocking and tackling of data warehousing. Embrace these tried and true concepts that years of experience have revealed to be true”
  4. The Real Harm in Multitasking – “They found that heavy multitaskers—those who multitask a lot and feel that it boosts their performance—were actually worse at multitasking than those who like to do a single thing at a time”
  5. Unusual Ways of Boosting Up App Performance. Lambdas and LINQs
  6. Is it Really Better to 'Return an Empty List Instead of null'? - Part 2 – Bucking conventional wisdom.
  7. Cloud Computing 2016 – Growing from Strength to Strength – This one has been sitting for a while
  8. Watch Video: 6 Reasons Why NCache is Better than Redis – If you want to understand NCache better, this is a good video.
  9. The Domain Discontinuity – Uncle Bob argues the value of TDD. “What's going on here? First I say you don't want to do your design up front; then I say that you do want to do your design up front. Which is it? “
  10. Agile Software Teams, a Basketball Analogy-“Whether you’re the scorer on the team, the backup person, or the defensive specialist, I would encourage you to not only learn your position well, but be well rounded enough to help your team win in any situation”


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