The Lean Wizard of Oz

Recently I read about the yet unbuilt 2011 Ford Fiesta that attracted more than a thousand online pre-orders within the first 6 days of the launch of its reservation program. It made me wonder not only about the marketing hype associated with such campaigns, but also about the fact that…

We Lift On Three

At one of the company stand-ups I attended recently, the topic of discussion was ‘Good Communication’. As simple and ordinary it may sound, it did make me think about an interesting hypothesis. Research tells us that only 7% of all communication is impacted by the content or the…

A Red Duct Tape

Joel Spolsky recently wrote about the “Duct Tape Programmer“: Duct tape programmers are pragmatic. Zawinski popularized Richard Gabriel’s precept of Worse is Better. A 50%-good solution that people actually have solves more problems and survives longer than a 99% solution that nobody has because it’s…

Turnkey or Chicken

Not so long ago, an acquaintance who was seeking a software development job interviewed for a role at a “market leader” in the development, implementation and support of financial services software. During the interview, it was revealed that the position is concentrated around the implementation of an Enterprise…

Sign That You're A Good Programmer

What makes a programmer good at their craft? For years, organizations which hire programmers have reasoned with this question. Yet, the criteria for selection of a “good” programmer differs by the lot. As candidates, most programmers are put through tough technical interviews, grinding analytical tests, and twisted coding…

The Whitespace Pattern

The other day I wrote down this Haiku out of disappointment: With a necktie in January: Erratic spacing at the end of lines Heedless programmer continues to code Disappointment that came from recently inspecting gallons of ruthlessly written source code. The business logic, coding standards, and refactoring aside; I was…

The Superjumbo Fallacy

Airbus A380 Superjumbo — the largest passenger airliner in the world, with one mind-boggling “flaw.” Apparently, the Superjumbo is so quiet that the pilots have complained about the lack of engine noise, which is preventing them from sleeping during rest breaks. As part of a business process reengineering…