What does Agile mean after all?

As you might already know, I work for JustEat, we are a start-up, a very big one, but still a start-up, I work on the Technology Department, I’m a team leader (I try to do my best at being one) and we have many many open positions.

Recently we had a few good developers coming in for an interview, and they all seem quite surprised that we do not adhere to any specific agile methodology.

We do not do SCRUM, we do not do KANBAN, we do not do regular stand-up.
We believe we are better than that. We are Agile to the extreme.

We use a mix of those methodologies, we use HipChat  and public rooms for all our conversations so that everyone can just jump into another team room, ask question or just keep an eye on what people are doing, we use JIRA to keep our workflow public within our company, everyone can go and have a look at each team board, and see what they are working on and what it’s coming up next in their list. imageimage

We also have a weekly report  that goes out every week to everyone and explain what the Tech department has been working on.

We love technology, we live with technology and use a lot of different technologies, we use a Microsoft stack (MVC/.NET/C#/SQL Server) on Amazon AWS, we use Java and DynamoDB for our Search Engine and Hadoop processing, we use Ruby for test and automation, we use Powershell for some throw away scripting, we use Coffeescript/CouchDB for our EPOS system, we use a ton of open source frameworks.

But, (there is always a but) we are also very business oriented, we do not use all those different technologies just because we like them, we do so because we believe that it’s always better to use the right tool for the job.

If you want to know more about our iper agile way of working, do not hesitate to reply to this post.

 

HTML5 support on WP7

After updating my Omnia 7 to mango (http://create.msdn.com/en-US/news/Mango_Beta) the first thing I was curious to test was the HTML5 support of the browser.

Basically the WP7 browser offer the same support of HTML5 as IE9 on Windows 7:

IE9 on Windows 7 IE10 Preview 2
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Chrome 13 Firefox 5
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WP7 Mango  
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As you can see, the font support is not quite the same, but I have to say I’m a bit disappointed buy the result, even if it’s all I could have expected.

It’s still very disappointing to see IE10 so far behind Chrome and Firefox.

Continuous Learner #14

Muddling Through the Mobile Web
http://www.slideshare.net/yiibu/muddling-through-the-mobile-web

HTML
http://html5boilerplate.com/

Windows Phone 7
http://lifehacker.com/5804091/launcher-7-brings-windows-phones-simple-attractive-interface-to-android

Joe Belfiore shows off Windows Phone Mango
http://bit.ly/mEuv8F

Microsoft – Domain Oriented N-Layered .NET 4.0 App Sample (DDD Architecture)
http://microsoftnlayerapp.codeplex.com/

 

Visual Studio 2010 Uninstall Utility

http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2010uninstall/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=4321

Continuous Learner #12

HTML5

”Modernizr adds classes to the <html> element which allow you to target specific browser functionality in your stylesheet. You don’t actually need to write any Javascript to use it”

http://www.modernizr.com/

”So here we’re collecting all the shims, fallbacks, and polyfills in order to implant html5 functionality in browsers that don’t natively support them.”
https://github.com/Modernizr/Modernizr/wiki/HTML5-Cross-browser-Polyfills

HTML5 Improvements with the ASP.NET MVC 3 Tools Update
http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2011/05/09/html5-improvements-with-the-asp-net-mvc-3-tools-update.aspx

Deep Dive into HTML5 and CSS3
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Deep-Dive-into-HTML5-and-CSS3

High Scalability

Large-Scale Websites: Lessons from eBay
http://www.infoq.com/presentations/Best-Practices-eBay

Visual Studio

http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/fa85b17d-3df2-49b1-bee6-71527ffef441

Other
Clean Up Your Mess – A Guide to Visual Design for Everyone
http://www.visualmess.com/

Webmachine and RESTful Web Frameworks with Justin Sheehy
http://www.infoq.com/interviews/webmachine-and-restful-web-frameworks

Memory Dump Analysis–W3WP IIS Process
http://romikoderbynew.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/memory-dump-analysisw3wp-iis-process/

Facebook’s new energy efficient data center
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZUX3n2yAzY&feature=feedf

21 principles for innovating in the real world from IDEO’s Diego Rodriguez
http://thenextweb.com/dd/2011/05/08/21-principles-for-innovating-in-the-real-world-from-ideos-diego-rodriguez/