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Where did it all go?

Yep, we’ve all been there managing an ever decreasing amount of storage on our favorite weapon of choice. A short post to plug Windows and Android tools to assist.

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Agile – how to document a "proper" handover

How you leave tells you something about a person, about their passion and about what’s important to them. It can be a simple act like pushing your chair in after a meeting, pushing all the chairs in, cleaning the whiteboards even if you didn’t use them, leaving something in a better state than you found it. Below is the text of my handover notes published on Confluence ten days before our team was disbanded…

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Saying goodbye: the hardest

Saying “goodbye” to an awesome team is so very, very hard. What have we learned? I’ll warrant more about ourselves through each other than we’d have learned alone. Two quotes have been swimming in my mind tonight, one from the Bard and one from a seminal film.

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Agile software development

This post is the text of an article I wrote and internally published on Friday, 27th April 2018 while working at NBN Australia to provide an Iteration Manager aka Scrum Master retrospective the day before our next Program Increment planning session. It’s from a point in time where the Iteration Manager (me!) was looking at what’s changed and what challenges are still to come for the development team.

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Myth 8: The Scrum Master is a Junior Agile Coach

There’s sometimes a view that the Scrum Master role is below an Agile Coach, and often times this is extended to the view that they are simply a junior coach, the “we’re all in it together” view of Agile breaks down in situations like this. And remembering that we’re trying to effect change and flatten hierarchies, Barry Overeem of scrum.org debunks this myth.

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What’s not to love about the Internet?

I mean, seriously, what’s not to love about the Internet? Looking to resurrect Lazarus I got caught in a nasty Catch-22 logic loop trying to restore a ten year old MySQL database, the old “copy the data directory from a gzip tar file made on a Linux system in 2006 and plonk it onto a 2016 Windows 10 XAMPP MySQL build and fire up the cmd line”, I mean, what could possibly go wrong with that?

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Errorware

Cute error message today from a site while uploading some source code: programmers love their “alternate” sense of humor 😀 FileZilla retried and kept on trucking.

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Code Monkey

On the back of NetworkWorld’s recent announcement, and other harbingers of doom, that Android’s KitKat (4.x) LolliPop (5.x) & Marshmallow (6.x) releases have known security issues, I decided to seriously revisit taking up being a code monkey again. This time though it’s (more?) serious with 100+ issues including several chipset code vulnerabilities being reported by our good friends at Google. Easy, I’ll have this fixed in a jiffy: whip out VirtualBox currently enjoying a cushy life as a Xamarin Android Player for a virtualised Nexus 7 LolliPop plaything (what, you don’t have virtual playthings?) and that old copy of Ubuntu LTS 14.04 which has been taking up precious NAS space and use up some of that extraneous SSD space on my i7 laptop…

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