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 […]

Programming

Minification Failed. Returning Unminified Contents.

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Has you ASP.NET applicaiton reported that minification failed? If you are using bundles in application, you might come across this exception comment at the top of your larger-than-expected bundle file. /* Minification failed. Returning unminified contents. (List of problems here) */ It can happen for JavaScript or CSS, but it means minifier has found something […]

Process

The Phase Precision Premise

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When I worked on the technical side of software development, I talked a great deal about #NoEstimates. I’m now on the business side of software development (in charge of all products and data for a global SaaS provider). I thought it would be a good time to revisit estimates and put them in context using […]

Analytics

Analytics: More Users Than Sessions

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Analytics are super-useful but can get a bit tricky at times. For some reason, several of those times seem to have cropped up this week. So, following on from my article on Why Unique Visitors in Analytics Never Adds Up – I now have one about how you can sometimes have more sessions that users. […]

Analytics

Why Unique Visitors in Analytics Never Adds Up

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Whether you use Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics, or some other package to learn about your web traffic, you are likely to come across some odd looking numbers when you start cutting up your Unique Visitors. For example, when you look at your monthly reports and compare them to your annual report you’ll find that you […]

Programming

5 DbUp Tips from Paul Stovell

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I tuned into the Octopus Deploy and Clear Measure live stream on safe, automated, and drama-free database deployments and there was a flurry of really useful DbUp tips from Paul Stovell that I wanted to share. Use a Sequential Naming Scheme Use a numbered naming scheme to ensure scripts are sequential on the file system. […]