Monday, 30 April 2012

No Bull

Simon Baker of Energized Work has just published a white paper entitled "No Bull" detailing his thoughts on the last 12 years of Agile software development. If you don't know Simon, he (and co-founder Gus Power) won the 2009 Gordon Pask award for contributions to Agile Practice. No one I've met comes close wrt thought leadership or actually getting this stuff working. Two soundbites I particularly liked...

"We can't solve problems using the same kind of thinking that created them" - Albert Einstein

and

"Developers are users of the code" - i.e. make the time and effort to keep the code base pleasing. I can think of a few developers who would benefit from remembering this.

You can download "No Bull" here.


Friday, 27 April 2012

BookPuddle

My friend Frank Carver has launched a new service called bookpuddle for recommending books via blogs, tweets, facebook or anywhere you can put a URL. What makes bookpuddle worthwhile is that you can link to the book via it's ISBN10 number (ISBN13 support imminent) instead of using that nasty amazon url. Bookpuddle urls look like this...


Frank's following a Lean startup model, so don't expect a sexy ui or tonne of features. Right now all that's on offer is the minimal viable product (MVP). If he gets enough traffic, he'll start building out. One feature that's on the horizon is to optionally include an Amazon associate id in the url. This way you can start earning revenue from your referrals, but unlike Amazon URLs you don't have to chose whether you link to the amazon.com, amazon.co.uk or amazon.etc web sites, meaning you won't miss out when a reader from the wrong territory clicks on the link.

Nice work Frank.