Back home at CodeBase

Although it feels like only yesterday I realised this week that I moved out of CodeBase pretty much a year ago. In that time I have missed the community spirit and light-hearted competitiveness of the various individuals and teams working to build the next big thing. Whilst I have enjoyed my time working on various coding contracts and technical leadership consultancy placements (most recently through … Continue reading Back home at CodeBase

A different direction for a brighter future

What follows is an email I sent to the Enligthenment Developer list today. For some time I have wondered if the project has lost it’s way and I finally decided it’s time to make a move – and announce my new project at http://fyne.io! I know there are others who are thinking about what the future might hold in desktop software – if you want … Continue reading A different direction for a brighter future

The wrong company can seriously damage your health

One of my favourite topics is startups – discussions about the benefits of young companies and how innovative workspaces can be a boon to productivity and healthy work life balance. It would be remiss of me, however, to imply that it is always great. There is a lot of hard work involved of course but it is also possible to have negative workplaces amongst all … Continue reading The wrong company can seriously damage your health

Winter weather means model trains

Since moving house I’ve not had much time to spend preparing the attic for my model railway. At the weekend I finally finished the flooring necessary to walk around and set up the baseboard (largely thanks to a great mini-saw from Mac Allister). In preparation for an enjoyable winter getting my trains up and running I decided to gather all of the boxes (moved or … Continue reading Winter weather means model trains

Tackle the big problems

At the ScotlandISDeveloper Conference and Business Forum this year we were treated to a fantastic after dinner close by Sir Frank Dick. As well as amusing and thought provoking anecdotes he had a lot of motivational points that rallied the room to be confident and make the change we want to see in the world. As I think about my next Business potentially being global … Continue reading Tackle the big problems

Why is it difficult to stick to estimates?

Estimation is a big topic and there are many posts to write on it, but first let’s address one confusion about Software Engineering estimates: Estimates are not delivery commitments Maybe that sounds daft or maybe it’s obvious but far too many companies that I talk to are asking their team to estimate in hours, make a deadline at the sum of those hours and then … Continue reading Why is it difficult to stick to estimates?