10 Mar 2013

Rule number one for a framework developer should be: don't be a framework developer, it's not worth it.

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19 Feb 2013

I must admit I read The Lean Startup by Eric Ries and love it. It's well explained, full of examples and engaging. Now what happens when you try to apply that to a traditional enterprise business? Mostly, that it's going to take quite a while...

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03 Feb 2013

Just as is the case with the "Fair Trade" labels and similar, it's always worth taking a look at what exactly a label like "best place to work" means. A little bit of google will take you to an hilarious company that actually sells that label for workplaces, Great Place to Work.

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27 Jan 2013

I often criticize "Agile" but I'm a big fan and will use most of it always. The problem from my point of view is taking a team that doesn't work and promoting the useless individuals so that they don't slow down the others. The most common and patent case is when someone's job is just "Scrum Master". What does that mean? To add insult to injury, they are usually given a rise just because even though everybody is saying "we are now agile", deep down they still love the concept of a boss and minions. So what is a scrum master, if not the boss of a bunch of developers that otherwise wouldn't be able to function properly? It's that kind of thinking I really dislike, and I find it associated to "Agile" and "Lean" too often.

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20 Jan 2013

Every time I have to click "Continue" in one of the useless popups about some site's "cookie policy", I lose faith in any legislation ever producing a positive result.

If you don't know, that whole thing originates in a severely wrong and uninformed EU Regulation on cookies, without understanding that there is no way to differentiate between 'good cookies' and 'bad cookies' and that either you accept the modern web needs them to work or you re-engineer the whole thing from scratch.

Of course, the final joke is that the ONLY way for a website to remember that you accepted OR rejected the policy is to set a cookie. So if anything, the new legislation made every site create a new cookie in your computer.

But I digress...

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13 Jan 2013

If you want anything done, you'll soon learn it's always easier to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission.

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07 Jan 2013

This is another of those strips in which I'm merely narrating reality and didn't have to do much actual thinking. Apparently this all happened at some unnamed office where some unnamed friends work. I think everybody thought it was funnier because of the actual site the guy was going to.

What I think is actually more interesting is the kind of climate that office had for something like this to happen and have nobody go to the guy and tell him "Dude, press STOP DESKTOP SHARING", instead letting him do that for the longest time.

By the way, have you tried to come up with a domain name for a dating site that is not already registered? It's insane. I was trying to put something that wasn't an actual web site and it took me quite a while... and I've seen THINGS in the process.

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24 Dec 2012

If you think about it, isn't that the most profound and heartfelt wish of all?

Everything else you manage to screw up in 2013 you will be able to fix in 2014.

I'm thinking the emo architect is, inside, a loving and well-meaning character. That loves Satan.

Note: The christmas tree in this comic is a modified version of the one by Mathew Callaghan that you can find in openclipart.org.

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18 Dec 2012

The real Paul always warned us about the perils of the "Innovation by Committee", which in essence means that any innovation initiative must be approved by a majority of stakeholders, which in most cases are heavily involved in other initiatives with short-term goals. In essence, the more people you ask to, the more "Noes" you will get.

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08 Dec 2012

This should be more common, we would all feel better.

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