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Explicit not Implicit

A repeated complaint of mine since joining a new company, one which heavily relies on a task board, is that we have a lot of tasks. Some of them are old, most of them are ill-defined, and a lot of them are just notes of what people have felt they should be doing and more dangerously, notes people f...

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Training on call newbies

Recently my team established a first and second line support mechanism at work. Essentially, the idea is to address the need to train newer or lesser experienced people on the team for being on call on their own. During work there will be one person on first line who should take any tickets or requ...

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Speaker writers block

One of my aims for this year is to have done a professional talk at a conference on something I actually work on. As someone who's done a few talks at meet ups, one at EMF Camp and various workshops before, it's the next logical step, but I found an immense amount of pressure on my brain to come up...

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Rewriting my road trip app

This is another rehash post where I mention an app I wrote poorly to try to improve my life and we discuss why it was bad and how I've totally rewritten it. I guess this is what I do in my free time so that I don't do it professionally. Rewriting an entire app in the latest greatest framework at wo...

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Meal planner, revisited

About a year ago I wrote about screen scraping the BBC Good Food website. That turned out to be a lot harder than I initially thought and needless to say there's so much ambiguity in the data people are able to enter on there that I gave up. I decided to try again recently because I now work on sim...

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