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Blog post summary: Periodic Face-to-Face by Martin Fowler

I remain a big fan of Martin Fowler’s writings, and his most recent “Periodic Face-to-Face” article struck a chord. Some highlights below but the tldr:

Remote teams benefit from face-to-face gatherings every few months, to build trust and rapport. During those gatherings, focus on that tasks that require input from many people with rapid feedback, such as debates about product strategy and explorations of systems architecture. View the travel expenses as an investment and a cost effective way to set direction, reduce conflict and increase motivation.

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Summary: The SPACE of Developer Productivity

The SPACE of Developer Productivity is a 2021 paper by researchers at GitHub, University of Victoria, and Microsoft (including Dr Nicole Forsgren, co-author of Accelerate) that looks into ways to measure and predict productivity for both individuals and teams.

The following is a summary of the paper. The original is ~5400 words. This is ~2000.

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Blog post summary: What test coverage means by John Gluck

In this What QA Wolf means by “test coverage” post, the author John Gluck starts with a simple definition of test coverage, discusses what tests to write and how, and ultimately cautions against using coverage targets as an end goal.

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Blog post summary: Accountability in Software Development by Kent Beck

A summary of Accountability in Software Development, by Kent Beck

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Blog post summary: Quality Assurance is Not About Testing

The following is a summary of Quality Assurance is Not About Testing by Matt Lievertz. I have also incorporated some elements of his earlier The Death of the Non-Coding QA Role post too.

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2022 VOID Report Summary

The following is a summary of the 2022 VOID report.

The original is ~10,000 words. This is ~1500.

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Webinar summary: How to write job postings that actually work.

The following are some of the key points I took from this “How to write job postings that actually work” webinar, from Katrina Kibben, the Founder & CEO of Three Ears Media.

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Blog post summary: We need to talk about testing

I liked this “We need to talk about testing” post from Dan North. It’s about what testing actually means and how programmers and testers can work together. A summary (or copy & paste of the parts that I found most interesting, with some comments) below…

The purpose of testing is to increase confidence for stakeholders through evidence.

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Blog post summary: Shipping fast and safe by Kesha Mykhailov at Intercom

I like this “Shipping fast and safe: Building a culture of low-risk learning” article by Kesha Mykhailov at Intercom.

Some highlights…

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Book summary: Shape Up

Shape Up: Stop Running in Circles and Ship Work that Matters” is a book from Ryan Singer about how Basecamp do product development.

The following is mostly just copy & pastes of the parts I found most interesting. Typically, the more detailed the notes, the more useful I found the chapter. The original book itself though isn’t a difficult read (and it’s free online), so I recommend checking it out directly.

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Blog post summary: Prioritizing with Cost of Delay

Prioritizing with Cost of Delay is an article by Jeff Palmer (web, twitter, linkedin).

This article had me engrossed with the opening paragraph. It is a short article (6 minute) read, so I suggest reading it directly, but find a summary below, mainly for my own benefit.

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Book chapter summary: Managing Incidents

This is a slight abridged version of Chapter 14, “Managing Incidents, by Andrew Stribblehill from the excellent “SRE Book“. (Original is 2200 words, this is 1200)

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Book Summary: Accelerate

Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations is a book by by Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble and Gene Kim. It is a follow on from the State of DevOps Reports that Forsgren and Humble used to publish (and which I wrote about before in Development and delivery practices for team success). I highly recommend buying the book, but here are some chapter summaries for the highlights.

 

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Article summary: The future of work is written

The future of work is written” is an article from Juan Pablo Buriticá from Stripe published on increment.com.

This is a summary of the keys points from the article, but the original is definitely worth reading, and not long itself (the original is 2300 words; this is 250).

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Blog post summary: What is an Engineering Manager?

I liked the short What is an Engineering Manager? post on the AWS blog (from David Ives @ Pusher). This is a summary, but the original is worth reading and not much longer…

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