Saturday, January 21, 2012

HTML5 and the Dawn of Rich Mobile Web Apps

HTML5 and the Dawn of Rich Mobile Web Applications (James Pearce)

A good overview and evangelism for what HTML5 can do in the mobile app space.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Kanban Fishbowl Session

Kanban Fishbowl (Q & A) Session (David J. Anderson)

Discusses a variety of topics related to Kanban including organization support by senior management, how Kanban relates to Scrum.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Predictability and Measurement with Kanban

A low energy speaker, but clearly knows his stuff with managing large software projects.

Predictability and Measurement with Kanban (David J. Anderson)

I thought his observation at the end during the Q & A session about how variability makes predicting small project schedules tough. Example of 50% of Scrum projects missing Sprint feature targets. Also the example of estimates where the high percentage of dark matter (unpredictable issues) introduced problems with trust because padding to account for reality was too large compared to the known estimate. How do you say something will take 9 months when you can only document 3 months worth of tasks.

His comments earlier in the presentation about the importance of rhythm and predictability with end users was right on in my experience. And his point that you build credibility for those times when you miss a deadline is also invaluable to understand.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Software Business Entrepreneur Advice (Presentation)

Good overview of dos and don'ts of software business startups by one of the founders of SpringSource.

Things I Wish I'd Known
Rod Johnson

HTML5 Angry Birds (Video Presentation)

HTML5 Angry Birds

Focused on desktop and not mobile. Nice low key presentation on the issues facing HTML5 game developers including 60 fps performance considerations such as garbage collection, splitting rendering and game physics logic.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Managing a High Volume Inbox

Like others, I wrestle with a large volume of email, especially at work. I've tried a couple of different systems, but this is the best I've found and recommend checking out the video at YouTube:

Inbox Zero (Merlin Mann)

The basic idea is that you process your emails to reduce your inbox to zero. Much less filing of emails and when you do, into just a few categories (in my case: trash, archive, defer, follow up).