How Not To Lead A Team

In my previous article about good lead developers, I said that there was another story, about some of the bad leaders I’ve worked with. Well, it’s time to tell that story. Initially I was reluctant to focus on the negatives,...

Transparency of Things

So this blog post will mainly cover what dashboards can bring to transparency, which is at the core of what most IT projects are about these days, unlocking some feature set in the business or exposing a data set previously...

How to do NFR Testing (Non Functional Testing)

On my current project I’m working as an Integration developer (using among other things Camel, Hystrix and MongoDB). This post is based on a series of conversations with Andrew Harmel-Law (@al94781). I’ve recently been involved in Non Functional Requirement (NFR)...

Techniques to improve Application Design

Design is important because it gives an application a vision; a vision that can be shared amongst the team. It gives the team a direction; a foundation on which to build the code. It is not a means to make...

Understanding and Addressing our Waste

How often do you find yourself having to wait for an event to happen so you can progress what you are trying to do? Waiting for your application to build? Waiting for someone to code review so you can commit?...

The Thing about Things

This article looks at two sides of the Internet of Things – the emerging technologies and the cultural impacts. The other week I attended a talk by Mat Henshall, Head of Things at Thoughtworks, San Francisco. I went along hoping...

Win tickets to Voxxed Days Bristol

Want to win a free ticket to Voxxed Days’ first open source conference in Bristol? We at Capgemini Engineering are giving away a few full day passes to the Voxxed Days Bristol conference, February 25th 2016 (retail value £180). As...

Seniority, strength, and serendipity - what makes a good lead developer?

Like many other people, I fell into a lead developer role, mainly because I found myself part of a team that had no leader. The idea of self-organising teams makes a lot of sense to me, but I think that...

Women in Technology is an issue for everyone

Last week Thursday (28th of Jan) a few of our ladies and a gent had the opportunity to attend the inaugural Women of Silicon Roundabout conference. Over 200 women and men working in technology were present at the conference and...