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BDD as Finite-State-Machine (FSM)

Have been doing a lot of reading, playing, studying, experimenting around aligning specification and software recently. (Some background: I recently accepted a new position running Engineering @ PlaceIQ – and so have a clean slate in a hyper-growth environment to think about the classic problem of “ahhh…. our users give us terrible requirements” – of ...

Needing Clear Specifications Not New

Needing Clear Specifications Not New
This was a letter posted at the Franklin Institute’s Railway exhibit, that I think helps highlight the importance of specifications. Both: Un-Maintainable (and) So heavy that it damaged tracks when sent around on tour Seem like they represent really smart people building absolutely the wrong thing. Something to keep in mind

Tempted by iPad Mini

Tempted by iPad Mini
I went to look at the iPad Mini in person today, and have to admit I’m tempted. While it’s still comfortably in “want” *not* “need” – it is many of the things I was hoping the Kindle Fire would be – and seems to have all the advantages of Apple’s ecosystem (iTunes *and* Apps) + ...

New Look

New Look
Getting a bit stir-crazy after a week of working around challenges brought on by Hurricane Sandy – so of course, refreshed the blog’s look and feel – using the Montezuma theme by BytesForAll. Have also made a bit more prominent that the advertising on this site is powered by PulsePoint (where I run Technology), which happens ...

iPhone5 Speculation

Figuring that I’m just as qualified as all the other people who make up iPhone5 speculations – I’d like to make my own predictions. My Key Premise: Apple tends to think in terms of scenarios/workflows instead of features – which I think is why they often surprise the press – the press is looking for ...

Wish Kindle Share was Context-Aware

ХудожникИконописI love my kindle, and I think the highlight and share functionality is actually one of the coolest functions. I’m always surprised how often I end up connecting/re-connecting with friends now that we’re all adults based upon snippets of books or articles we’re currently reading. I also dig stalking big-influences to see what they’re reading ...

4G Mifi = FAST (sometimes)

4G Mifi = FAST (sometimes)
иконографияikoniмека мебел I swapped out my 3G MiFi at work for one of the new Verizon 4G LTE models, and initial results indicate that it’s obscenely fast when it’s connected to the 4G network, but the same 3G speed that was passable last week feels lethargic otherwise (parts of the Northeast Corridor NJTransit Commute). Sitting still ...

QOTD: Retrospective Prime Directive

Regardless of what we discover, we understand and truly believe that everyone did the best job they could, given what they knew at the time, their skills and abilities, the resources available, and the situation at hand. - Margaret Motamed on agile-coaching-support (Google Group)

QOTD: Agility

Agility is dynamic, context-specific, aggressively change-embracing, and growth-oriented. It is not about improving efficiency, cutting costs, or battening down the business hatches to ride out fearsome competitive ‘storms.’ It is about succeeding and about winning: about succeeding in emerging competitive arenas, and about winning profits, market share, and customers in the very center of the ...

Late Night Emails

I have a bit of a habit – I send all my thoughtful (well, relatively thoughtful emails) late at night. One of my staff members commented during a 1-1 session that he’s torn – he generally does want to respond/converse when I comment on process, philosophy, and the like (+1) but… it’s like 8,9,10PM and ...