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. […]

Process

Testing the In-Progress Chess Game

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Last October, I was asked why released of a legacy system were so hit and miss. There were a couple of reasons for the flaky releases, which I have summarised below. When you judge the quality of the metaphors, please bear in mind that these were invented off-the-cuff. Configuration The first reason releases were unreliable […]

Process

The Dedicated Scrum Master Role

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After reading a discussion about whether having a dedicated Scrum Master is an effective way of running a team, I got to thinking about what I have experienced in the real world. This is an empirical point I’m about to make; I’ve worked with a good number of organisations, but not enough to get to […]

Automation

Datadog Notes

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When you think about Datadog, you are very often thinking about charts. Which visualisations will bring forth insights from your metrics. What actionable information can you present on your wallboards. What you might not be thinking about is the humble subject of Datadog notes. You can add notes to your dashboard using the Edit Dashboard […]