BitpickingApr 12, 2020
It's Christmas so time to sit back, relax, eat heartily ... and think about your logging framework and what chaos might be happening in your infrastructure while you're arguing over which Celebration is the best. (Hint, it's Maltesers Teaser.)
The Topic Tombola
Only just less exciting than a loot box, we try a homegrown random topic selector and see what happens.
The Bit Is Back
Post-COVID, the world is a very different place, so the Bitpickers return with a hefty dose of the same old tosh, and the same lack of show notes. Sorry not sorry.
It's the season finale and we put down the keyboards and just have a good ol' chinwag.
We'll be back in Spring 2021!
This week, the team talk about the good and bad of performance reviews
Of Mice And Mentors
Laura talks about her experience as a mentor, and we discuss the value of mentor/mentee relationships in the industry.
Situation Vacant with Steve Wright
In this episode we look at recruitment from the 'other side' as we welcome Steve Wright from Spectrum IT to discuss the role of the recruitment agent for todays job seekers.
Yeah but no but ...
Recorded as the UK starts easing out of lock down, we take a look back over the 15 weeks and discuss how we've coped, what changes we've seen in ourselves and others, and consider what things might stick or change as we adapt to the new working model.
Wait But Why - Why Procastinators Procastinate
Sitting on de-fence with Paul Newell
Look, an episode! This week, we talk with Paul Newell, veteran of the defence industry, to get a view on the difficulty applying agile concepts to multi-year, multi-million pound projects.
This episode was recorded over Zoom, so sorry not sorry about the audio quality.
To Zoom or not to Zoom
It's another remote episode of Bitpicking TV, in audio form!
This week, the team consider the sudden popularity of Zoom for conferencing, and whether anyone really cares about security and privacy if they can just get to change their background once in a while. In an ironic twist of events, Skype lets us down halfway through, so we decide to try Zoom out for ourselves. See if you can spot the join!
Watch our happy little faces at https://youtu.be/2ZsPuE3kwAM
COVIDeo Killed The Radio Star
Desperate times, desperate measures.... The Bitpicking team congregate on Skype for what's probably the first of many remote sessions. Naturally, the only topic in town is the impact of COVID-19 on the daily lives of software teams - remote working, changes in business priorities, and how long until we're all on Club Penguin...
As an added bonus, you can now see our angelic little faces on Bitpicking TV! Find us at https://youtu.be/xqthn2gMBM0 - like and subscribe! (that's what the cool kids say, right?)
TDD! Do you know me?
Mark & Greg tackle TDD - Test Driven Development. What is it? When should you do it? How can you make it stick?
Biting The Hand That Feeds You
Laura, Mark and Greg turn their sights on modern Agile - has it lost its way, and has it really changed anything in the meantime?
(fact-check: Semco is one of *Brazil's* largest conglomerates, not Britain's - clearly someone can't read and talk at the same time)
Webpacking it in with Matt Alner
We welcome Matt Alner (@matthewalner), developer, TechDorset organiser, and serial side project-er to Bitpicking for a rambling chat about meet ups, bluetooth hacking, browser wars, TypeScript and more!
Way-In Up The Options
This week, Laura, Greg and Mark talk about the best way to get in to software development. Do you need a CompSci degree to be a good coder? Or are you better off just getting on with the job?
I Gantt Believe It's Not Better
As we welcome in the new decade we look at Project Management and ask whether software teams need a dedicated Project Manager or not?
The Bitpicking Christmas Special!
Like all good Christmas parties, it started with good intentions and ended in chaos, and now we can't remember what we spoke about but we'll blame the mulled wine.
Loosely themed around side projects, expect lots of deviation!
A Man With A (Open) Plan
This week, we discuss what makes a good working environment for teams. Are you an open plan fan or a cubicle hermit?
Playing, Ranting and Tinkering.
We have a meandering chat about what’s on our tech minds this week — Laura tells us about a play workshop 🧸, Mark rants about front-end development 😡, while Greg describes what he does to relax 🛠. Enjoy!
Showing our true (team) colours
Don't step on my bootstrap shoes
I Know What You Did Last Summer
To kick off Season 2 we ease back in with a chat about what's happened while we've been away, from electric cars and conferences to job interviews and social media. Oh, plus a little surprise we think you'll love ...
Got something you want to talk to us about? Get in touch via Twitter to @bitpicking! Don't bother with Mastodon though - we don't check it. :)
They made me do it, your honour!
In the Season Finale, we tackle responsibility in software development by making wildly irresponsible claims about things we know little about. Enjoy!
We'll be back in the autumn, until then if you have any feedback for us, please find us @bitpicking on Twitter!
Rage Against The Machine (Learning)
In Episode 19, Greg and Mark brave the subject of Machine Learning and AI, and conclude that they're really not qualified....
What the UX with Laura Yarrow
This week we talk to Laura Yarrow - UX Consultant at Experience UX. Like all UX conversations we start by clarifying what it really is, before discussing how to start in UX and what you can do if you don't have a big budget, before settling on a mini-rant about dark patterns.
Oh, and Laura had it right all along, of course.
Paper Prototype example: https://twitter.com/laura_yarrow/status/1114446460513390592
UX Professional Association: https://uxpa.org
Interesting UX People:
- Kim Goodwin - https://twitter.com/kimgoodwin
- Dana Chisnell - https://twitter.com/danachis
- Jared Spool - https://twitter.com/jmspool
Good Web Form design: https://www.lukew.com/resources/web_form_design.asp
Crossing the lower case j's
Find out by filling in the listener engagement form in triplicate, posting to us with a stamped addressed envelope, waiting for the code in our reply and using that in the episode unlock form to get the first half, then get the second half by posting a review on Twitter using the code word FREETHOUGHT. Or, just hit the play button.
Things mentioned in the episode:
Valve employee handbook. steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/apps/valve/Valve_NewEmployeeHandbook.pdf
Minimum Viable Podcast
Greg and Mark chew the fat on what constitutes a Minimum Viable Product.
Call in the FEDs! with Matt Northam
We welcome Matt Northam, a self confessed ‘FED’ (front end developer) from Bournemouth digital agency Redweb, and discuss such things as how to start in web design, using the Wu-Tang Clan to improve team working, and his favourite HTML tags.
Matt's 3d hoverboard - https://twitter.com/mattnortham/status/758629899640967168
That'll be $0 please!
Why do so many of us develop for free? Greg and Mark discuss the world of Open Source software and consider what drives developers to release and contribute to such projects, and consider whether other industries have similar behaviours!
Feeling hungry? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67KtxG_0DVo
Can you hear me now? with Dave Butt
Testing 1, 2
Greg & Mark dive into the murky world of QA, and ask “shouldn’t the devs be doing that?”.
Quality at speed - how Atlassian does testing https://youtu.be/yRP29wFqu20
Give me a Dev! Give me an Ops! What have you got?!? Some Cloudformation templates and an Ansible script. But what else should you have?
Greg & Mark clear up any confusion around what DevOps is and who should be doing it ... or do they?
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Old Men Yell At Cloud.js
Mark & Greg tackle the issue of how teams make decisions on languages or frameworks, and when switching might, or might not, be appropriate.
Maybe use one of these on your next project!
Rockstar! - Desire is a lovestruck ladykiller
Mark's Skype For Business shitlist - twitter.com/revbingo/status/951051421092401152
AWS Load Balancers now support redirects to HTTPS, who knew! - aws.amazon.com/about-aws/whats-new/2018/07/elastic-load-balancing-announces-support-for-redirects-and-fixed-responses-for-application-load-balancer/
Podcast for Hire
We also discuss the latest blog from Cloudflare discussing their entry into the serverless computing landscape - Cloud computing without containers - blog.cloudflare.com/cloud-computing-without-containers/
The Stud Wall Episode
Live! from re:develop 2018
For the full list of talks and speakers, see redevelop.io/speakers , where videos of the talks will be available soon also.
* Tom Quay (@tomquay) - re:develop Organiser and Founder of Base / Passenger.
* Stuart Landrige (@sil) - Speaker and owner at Kryogenix Consulting, host of Bad Voltage podcast.
* Matt Wilson (@mattwilson1024) - Attendee, software developer and DJ.
* Dan Thomas (@dannyt) - Speaker and Founder of Moov2.
* Thor Mitchell (@ThorMitchell) - Speaker and former Chief Product Officer at Crowdcube.
* Dan Wentworth (@darkphnx) - re:develop Organiser and Head of Development at aTech Media.
* Adam West (@theukbatman) - Support Analyst at aTech Media.
* John Le Drew (@antz29) - Speaker and Founder / Principal Consultant at Wise Noodles.
* Tom Geraghty (@tom_geraghty) - Speaker and former Head of UK Cloud Platform Ops for Experian.
* Jorge Lambert-Cruz (@jsclambert) - Attendee and Technical Architect at Siemens.
YDIW is now Bitpicking!
TODO: Greg and Mark ask themselves if it's right to put comments in code, discuss the the office light switches, and dig up age-old flame wars
Clipped on byte boundaries
We are on Mastodon! - https://mastodon.technology/@withgregandmark
A beginners guide to Mastodon - lifehacker.com/a-beginner-s-guide-to-mastodon-1828503235
We're also on Twitter! - twitter.com/withgregandmark
Picade - shop.pimoroni.com/products/picade
Mark's poorly constructed Intel8080 emulator - github.com/revbingo/kotlin8080
The Universal Machine - www.boundvariable.org/task.shtml
Come along to Redevelop 2018 on October 12th, and be in with a chance of getting yourself on YDIW! - redevelop.io
A Retrospective on Retrospectives
And, as promised, we Google'd some retro formats for you and this came top! www.funretrospectives.com
Join the conversation - get in touch on Twitter: twitter.com/withgregandmark