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Lean / Agile has a term for involving oneself more closely with the customer: going to the gemba.

Working closely with the customer helps shorten one type of feedback loop and, as such, boosts motivation, productivity, and empathy.

Arguably, it's a missing aspect in the COVID era, so ensure you build up a "gemba" culture with the tools you possess.

Technical debt is not always a bad thing. It's effectively a tool for getting a short-term gain. Be warned that it causes addiction and needs to be managed.

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Instead of accumulating technical debt recklessly, be prudent.

Don't say:

"We don't have time for ___, forget it!"

Instead, say:

"We should ship this now and deal with the consequences later".

Little's Law dictates that:

lead time = work in progress / throughput

To decrease lead times, you should limit the work in progress (ideally to 1 task at a time) and/or increase your throughput.

Secret: when you limit the amount of work in progress, your throughput will also increase thanks to reduced context switching. It's a win-win situation.

I began journaling my activities in HEY. No bullshit, no tracking, no excessive advertising, nor spammy content. Only 1-2 entries per week. You can't react to these with emojis, and you don't even have to subscribe (but you can!). Oh, and there's an RSS feed because it rocks.

Captain's Log - 2021.03.24. Keywords: Gatsby, CSS Modules, legacy code, GitHub on iOS, programming languages, Instagram.

I assumed that if GPT-3 generated pickup lines, they would be terrible because they would be something like human pickup lines. Instead, they are terrible for more delightful reasons.

Some time ago, in a developer community, I came across the concept of time blocking. I started to adapt it into my daily work using Toggl Track, and the results have been nice.

With it, I can get into focus mode faster in the morning and also recall what I was doing on a particular day for standups and reports.

This one even got my wife laughing out loud.

There's too much text to put it in the mouse over, so I've pasted it to gist for the screen reader inclined.

"Police are warning students and universities not to access Sci-Hub, an "illegal website" that allows users to download scientific research papers normally locked behind expensive subscriptions."

Very bad indeed. That name again: Sci-Hub. Remember it so you can avoid it. Ahem.

Fun ensues when developers are hell-bent on using abbreviations in function signatures and variables.

Would you say this function compares two rather large rodents and returns whether they are equal in size?

The head bone's connected to the...
... rib bone...
The rib bone's connected to the...
... leg bone...
The leg bone's connected to the...
... hip bone...

Writing is nature’s way of letting you know how sloppy your thinking is

– Richard Guidon

📣 Programming Language World Championships 2021 #plwc2021 📣

A knockout tournament where 32 programming languages compete against each other, and you decide the winner of each round by voting.

There will be two matches per day, and in two weeks time we'll have a winner!

Discussions are encouraged, but please, keep it civil and peaceful.

It's just a fun game!

Dear Appliance Manufacturers.
Name your shit.

I do not want to have to remember if I like the PDQ/1FU2-33AQNX5000 or the PDP/1EU2-33AQMY5500

Just call them the BURNINATOR 5000 and the CINDER-MAKER 5500


New York
December 2, 2413
66% of the population is part of the workforce, with a life expectancy of 59 years.

Sigh. I briefly turned off the "Silence Unknown Callers" feature in iOS because I was waiting for an important work call. Within 15 minutes, the first telemarketer called and tried to sell me magazines and kitchen knives. At least there were no robotic scam calls this time.

If it did not carry such side-effects, I would have cancelled all my phone subscriptions a long time ago. 😠

I'm experimenting with HEY World as a something-something-micro-blog-as-a-service. Let's see if it becomes a habit.

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