1. Much Ado About Bike Sheds, Part I

    If you’re working in software, there’s good odds that you’ve run into the phrase “bike shedding” at least once. Maybe you were in a meeting or a group chat and sensed the discussion had wandered a bit.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    September 17, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Joshua Wehner
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    Process
  2. 3 keys to upgrading Rails

    The recent release of Rails 6 means Rails 4.2 will no longer receive any further updates—including critical security patches. It also means that a lot of teams are suddenly quite motivated to figure out how to pull off a major upgrade (or two; or three) with minimal risk of failure or disruption to feature development.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    September 3, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Kevin Solorio
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    Ruby
  3. Tips for hand-rolling your own deployment pipeline

    When it comes to deploying your application, we’ve been advocating for a NoOps philosophy for some time now. What we mean by this is to encourage your team to focus their efforts on developing features for your application, rather than configuring containers or fiddling with resource management for the hosted product.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    August 20, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Micah Adams
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    DevOps
  4. Retrospect and adapt - an intro to retros

    I struggle with the concept of chores. Every time I sweep my floor, I can’t help but think that I’ll just need to sweep it again next week, and the week after that.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    August 15, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Brittany Moore
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    Process
  5. Are you really ready for serverless?

    Recently, I’ve noticed there’s an alarming, yet subtle, trend in the industry that characterizes serverless as something you absolutely must adopt in your engineering practices. If you’re unfamiliar with serverless, I refer you to the excellent Serverless Architectures article by Mike Roberts.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    August 6, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Micah Adams
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    DevOps
  6. Debrief self.conference 2019.

    The organizers of self.conference, held in Michigan, believe that a technical conference should present a mix of human and tech topics. Since one of the organizers is Test Double’s own Amber Conville, there are usually a handful of agents in attendance.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    August 2, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Brittany Moore
    Ross Brandes
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    Miscellaneous
  7. Defining good work.

    What does it mean to do good work? I recently encountered this question at a content creation workshop during a brainstorming session. This particular question brought me up short because I didn’t have an answer.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    July 25, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Brittany Moore
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    Consulting
  8. Life After a Diversity and Inclusion Blunder

    I recently wrote a blog post about vulnerability and imposter syndrome. Okay, that may seem like a shameless plug for my post, but I promise, it is extremely relevant. Anyway, I write this blog post, and I’m pretty happy with it.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    July 16, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Christine McCallum-Randalls
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    Miscellaneous
  9. Growing consultants without burning out

    My career in consulting is in covered in scars. One time I had a stakeholder scream at me on a call because we couldn’t figure out why a promised fax integration was failing (yes, it was in healthcare), all while the developer in the room with me was angrily gesticulating and mouthing swear words because the client didn’t understand.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    July 9, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Mike Jansen
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    Consulting
  10. Imposter syndrome is a jerk.

    Recently, I was fortunate enough to attend Ops-Conf, an amazing conference with a group of extremely smart and capable leaders of small tech companies. It hit me pretty quickly that these folks were exceptional people with valuable skills and insights.
    Time An icon of a clock Publish Date
    July 2, 2019
    Person An icon of a human figure Authors
    Christine McCallum-Randalls
    Category An icon of a paper organzier Categories
    Miscellaneous

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