Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Interrupting Programmers (comic)

What happens to the "velocity" of a team that gets interrupted?  It's not hard to figure out.
Minimizing interruptions maximizes the work by a non-blocked programmer. Of course, a blocked programmer sometimes doesn't unblock herself/himself.   So there are no silver bullet solutions. Leaving people to flail for months, is no good. But neither is bugging them every five minutes.  

But if you are the sort of person who emails someone then walks over to their desk to tell them that you emailed them, then you need to read this even more than most people.

I found this over here, it's by Jason Heeris, and is licensed with a CC-type license.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Nineteenth Birthday, Delphi!

Next year on this day Delphi will be 20 years old (Feb 14, 2015).   Time to think about what to do for the big Delphi is 20 birthday bash.

This year, Delphi is of legal drinking age in my home area (Ontario, Canada).  So tonight I will have a beer in honor of Delphi's 19th birthday. Just one. I'm a pretty moderate kind of guy.

Happy Birthday Delphi.  May the next 19 years be as highly productive, and as much fun, as the first 19.

Apparently Jacob over at Two-Desk Software is having a special in honor of Delphi's birthday. If you're interested in Castalia, go check out the special.