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.


SkyDrive vs Office 365 vs Evernote (my 2 cents)

So, what is SkyDrive and what is Office 365? There seems to be a lot of confusion on the web about what one is and what the other one is. I think the confusion comes from the fact that Microsoft is trying to market Office 365 as the “Online collaboration tool”, implicitly saying that you cannot collaborate using SkyDrive that is marketed as “Online document storage and file sharing“.

Do you need Office 365 to collaborate?

No, you do not.
Well, if for collaborating you mean sharing a calendar, appointments, emails (Exchange), managing a complex documentation system for your company (SharePoint), connect with others using IM and do video sharing, online conference calls, etc… (Lync) then Office 365 is what you need.

Of course, if you are a non professional user (or a self managed professional) you probably do not need all the features offered by Office 365, but you might occasionally need to share and collaborate with other people on some office documents.

What you really need is SkyDrive.

Do you need Evernote to collborate?

No, you do not.

Evernote is a wonderful cross platform to create and share notes, but you can share only notes, there’s not a concept of folder, and there’s not a concept of Spread sheet (you do not always share just text)

What you really need is SkyDrive and OneNote

Let me show you what you can do with SkyDrive:

First of all, open Skydrive and login with your Windows Live account.

Create an Online Word document in SkyDrive

  1. Click on the work icon next to Create on the SkyDrive toolbarimage
  2. Name your document
  3. Use Word Web App to edit the document

Open an existing Online Word document using Word 2010

  1. Just click on the Open in Word button on the toolbar
  2. Confirm that you want to open the document
  3. Click on Enable Editing
  4. Change the document and hit the sync button
  5. At this point if you reopen the document from the browser in SkyDrive using Word Web App you’ll see the change that was made

Share an existing Online Word document via SkyDrive

  1. Open the document in SkyDrive
  2. Add a list of emails you want to share the document with
  3. Send a message to the people you want to share the document with
  4. They’ll receive an email with a link the the online Word document they can start to edit

Share a SkyDrive folder with other people

  1. Open SkyDrive
  2. Select a folder
  3. Edit Permissions
  4. Select the people you want to share the folder with
  5. they’ll receive an email with the link to the SkyDrive folder you’ve shared with them and will be able to work with you on documents you’ve shred with them. You can edit the same document at the same time and every change will be synchronized in real-time with  all the people editing the document at the same time

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  

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.

Shut-Down of Windows Marketplace for Mobile and My Phone

Windows Phone Notification

Shut-down of Windows Marketplace for Mobile Web Site and My Phone Service Notification

June 8, 2011
Dear Windows Mobile 6.x customer:
Microsoft will be discontinuing the My Phone service for Windows Mobile 6.x. We will also be discontinuing the Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site. Because you may be affected, please review the details below:

Windows Marketplace for Mobile Web Site To Be Discontinued

The Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site at http://marketplace.windowsphone.com will no longer be available starting on July 15, 2011. After July 15, 2011, you will no longer be able to browse, buy or download applications for Windows Mobile 6.x phones via the Windows Marketplace for Mobile web site.
The Windows Marketplace for Mobile service will continue to be available on your phone, however. You will continue to be able to browse, buy and download applications for Windows Mobile 6.x on your phone.

My Phone To Be Discontinued

On August 7, 2011, the My Phone service will stop saving content from phones to the My Phone service. If you rely on the My Phone service to back-up the content on your Windows Mobile 6.x phone, you will be affected.
Starting on August 7, 2011, Microsoft will begin moving your My Phone content to Windows Live SkyDrive. SkyDrive is Microsoft’s free online storage service that helps you access and share your files such as photos and Microsoft Office documents. Contacts, calendar entries, text messages and photos will be moved to SkyDrive for you. Once moved, you will be able to access this content by logging into SkyDrive using the Windows Live ID that you used to register for the My Phone service.
Other content types, including videos, music, documents and favorites will not be moved from My Phone to SkyDrive for you. If you want this content, you must save it from the My Phone service to your local PC.
On October 6, 2011, the My Phone web site at http://www.microsoft.com/myphone will no longer be available. On this date, you will no longer be able to log in to the My Phone service to access your content stored to the My Phone service. Microsoft will continue to store your My Phone content for one (1) year. Physical copies of your content can be shipped to you upon request until October 5, 2012.

Take Action

To learn more about the My Phone service shut-down, including information about your content moving to Windows Live SkyDrive and how to save other content to your local PC, please visit this web site:
Microsoft is committed to making this transition easy. In the meantime, we want to sincerely thank you for your use of Windows Mobile 6.x.
-The Windows Phone Team

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Google+Twitter vs Bing+Facebook

I’ve just noticed that Google integrated twitter on the search result in the same way Microsoft is integrating Facebook with Bing.

I can’t see the Bing+Facebooki integration yet (may be because I’m in the UK) but I saw today for the first time the Google+Twitter



Working in IT, and using the search engine most of the time to search something related to my work, I think Google+Twitter is much better. Twitter is where all my professional contacts are.

What do you think about this? who will provide the better service to you?

[Update] Yesssss I got the NoDo!!! and yes, the update process sucks !!!#WP7 #FAIL


and… here it fail… with such a stupid error I really cannot believe!!!


First try:  remove all the images/videos/podcast and clear all the caches as per http://bit.ly/gm8LE5

Result: Fail

Second Try: uninstall all beta applications

Result: Fail

Second Try: uninstall most of my applications

Result: Fail

Second Try: uninstall more apps

Result: Fail

3 hours later and after uninstalling 90% of my apps, I finally got Nodo on my #WP7 it’s going to take me a few days to cool down… #fail

Actually that was not #Nodo it was just the update of the update procedure… 😥 #WP7 #Fail