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Cloud IDEs: A solution in search of a problem?

By | July 23, 2013 | 3 Comments »

Andrew ZaikinCloud IDEs are being touted more and more as the next big thing. While I think people like codenvy.com and c9.io have something there, it is too early to predict mass migration of programmers into the cloud from desktop IDEs.

Some arguments for moving to the cloud just don’t sound very convincing, as far as I’m concerned. Take this advertorial, for example (yeah, it’s really an advertorial). To me, the “problems” with desktop development cited in the piece are not genuine problems. Read more

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Are we ready to be done with Scrum?..

By | November 14, 2012 | No Comments »

Andrew ZaikinIs Scrum too rigid with its timeboxing, estimations, and other procedures? Would it perhaps be better to let go of at least some of its structure and just develop software as fast as we can?

An overview of similar remarks makes some assertions to the effect that some of Scrum’s practices, far from helping boost productivity, are in fact stifling it. For example, there is this claim that giving up timeboxed iterations and iteration planning meetings has led to marked improvements in delivery.

The first thought that comes to mind here is: how do they know that? Read more

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Large-scale CMS migrations: How to make them more bearable

By | January 13, 2012 | No Comments »

Andrew ZaikinContent migration is never easy, and can sometimes be tricky and even downright messy (for some good reasons). In fact, the content migration can be the hardest part of implementing a new CMS.

Having contributed to some challenging migration projects for one of our European clients, I’d like to share a few practical tips on how to make life a little easier for teams involved with particularly large and demanding CMS migrations. Read more

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The dreaded monster of time tracking

By | July 20, 2011 | No Comments »

Andrew Zaikin
Anyone who has ever managed a software development organization will agree: time tracking is a pain in the neck. It’s difficult to get people to fill out time sheets, or otherwise submit their hours into some kind of system. Developers see it as a boring and irritating activity that is also invasive: people just don’t like to be tracked, and if you try, they will suspect ulterior motives. In short, most developers hate time tracking with a purple passion.

But what if you really need time tracking? Well, all is not lost. Read more

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