One of my favourite reads is Kottke.org, a blog by Jason Kottke. Calling it a blog is a bit of a slight: it’s more of a magazine, like a proto-New Yorker. It’s thoughtful and relevant, weaving current events, artsy things, various interesting edges of tech, and topics about general humanity. Kottke has been killing it […]
December 11, 2017
I’m an idea guy. It’s why I love designing software, both in terms of system design and user experience. I love designing and developing products too. It’s something that can get me fired up, keep me from sleeping, and keep me motivated through even the darkest, rainiest days.
My love-hate relationship with Sprints, Agile, and software development processes in general.
April 22, 2017
In PM land we use tools and techniques like burn down charts, sprints, and spikes. You can get obsessed over getting these things right, and fail to ship effective, quality software. The special language used in and around these processes adds to the problem too, as the language ends up feeling like an accomplishment in itself. Too much focus on the pomp and circumstance of a process takes away from actually building great software.
It’s easy to feel unqualified to measure technical decisions, especially if you’re not technical. You may be disconnected from the planning process or you may not understand the jargon and details of an approach. How can you ask intelligent questions about risk when you feel so separated from what’s happening? How can you make clear decisions about risks with incomplete technical knowledge?
At best, we treat software technical debt like consumer debt, where we blissfully ignore the commodity and the terms of our choices, focusing only on our immediate need. At worst, we label our poor technical decisions debt (especially our predecessor’s). It’s a lazy phrase, a cop-out, and is a costly way of doing business.
I have a suggestion. Do just one more thing. If it’s not rude, do another. And another.
When my sketchbook is stale and I’m not feeling inspired, I look to pop culture for inspiration and ideas. I’m also a fan of other artists, and channeling some of their works through my own hands is immensely satisfying. It’s an exercise that pushes you to analyze and rethink a thing that’s interesting to me, […]
I was looking at buying a set of PFEIL carving tools this year, but was holding off as they’re pretty pricy. I expanded my search a bit and found a similar set from a local Canadian company, Lee Valley Tools. They’re hardened steel with a comfortable wooden handle. They sharpen easily (and keep their edge […]
A coworker was asking me what I used for linocut, so I made a chart of the blocks on my desk. There are several types of blocks that I don’t have in my supplies (like mounted block and clear blocks), but the ones I use are a pretty common set of hobbyist materials. I love […]
Occasionally I like to sketch and carve things around our lemony brand. It’s fun to think sideways around our polished brand marks, dreaming in colour and texture. These prints don’t represent anything we would ever use, but the exercise was a good stretch for me (and good practice). This is a second print of the […]
Some of my most productive business tools are the simplest. Take the *triage board*. It’s a whiteboard that hangs over my desk that has a list of my current projects, with magnets marking what I’m working on next. Weekly I erase the board and re-prioritize my projects, and daily I scribble notes and move the magnets as I work.
I made a quick print this weekend based on a few drawings I was working on last week. The idea was to make a block print look like a sketch, and to use background lines as a textural element.