Visual Studio

Visual Studio Layout and Option Changes

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Inspired by the short video by Mads Kristensen (part of a series conceived by Microsoft’s Misty Madonna)… I was inspired to update my Visual Studio layout for the first time in over ten years. What?! Ten years? Yes, for ten years I have installed Visual Studio, selected “Dark Theme”, and used it without adjustments. This […]

Analytics

Analytics are Lossy and That’s Okay

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This is the latest in my flurry of articles on analytics, which have all come from various questions and misconceptions about what analytics are, what they are for, and how they work. Today, I’m going to explain that analytics are lossy, what that means, and why it’s okay. Let’s define what we mean by “lossy”. […]

Browsers

Chromium-Based Edge: The First Month

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Full disclosure. I’m about to discuss Microsoft browsers and I’m a Microsoft MVP. More importantly, I’ve been using web browsers since before either Firefox or Chrome existed, and for ten years I haven’t used a Microsoft browser as my default. So, read on and let’s talk about browsers! Browser History If I go back a […]

Process

The Disheartening Early Phase of Cycle Times

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Whenever I implement cycle-time as a metric, I have to explain that there is a slightly disheartening early phase to the collection of this information. Over the first couple of days, your cycle time will look awesome, but then it gets progressively worse. This can sometimes shock a team, because staring at a graph sometimes […]

Psychology

On Being an Introverted Extrovert

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There is a general pop-psychology perception that people have a personality type. This has been embedded into the collective mindset over the years thanks to companies using psychometric testing, DISC models, Myers-Briggs types, and Belbin tests to categorise and manage these different personality types. I have been subjected to many of these tests over the […]

Automation

Humans vs Machines: Augmented AI

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I recently attended an event in Manchester, organised by BJSS and Microsoft, on the subject of AI and ML. The schedule was jam packed with interesting insights and useful case studies that got my head buzzing. Having had some time to reflect on everything I absorbed on the day, I have realised that we are […]

Process

Sociable Pomodoro Timer

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When you are using The Pomodoro Technique® there is always a bit of a choice to make about your timer. I started out with a proper mechanical Tomato timer, I tried a phone app for Pomodoro, and I tried just the standard clock app. The mechanical timer had a couple of benefits… one of the […]

Analytics

Behind the BizOps Buzz: Comparison Over Time

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This is a quick note about checking trends over time, and why you probably ought to check both a rolling comparison over time and a fixed baseline comparison. Quite often you’ll find a dashboard with a comparison over time shown as a percentage, in either green (good) or red (bad) – or orange if you’re […]

Analytics

Behind the BizOps Buzz: Metric MLA

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We all know that BizOps is gaining momemntum and that we need to think about how we take care of it in our own organisations. Not just because it’s yet another buzzword ending in “Ops”, but because of what we’ve been piecing together for many years. If you’ve read Start With Why, or The Lean […]