Skills matter progressive java tutorials

The podcast is out from the tutorial we ran at the Skills Matter Progressive Java Tutorials. This was my first time doing something like this, and I had a great time (although I have to admit, I was a little nervous in the week or so prior to the event!) I did the talk with […]

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Agile Retrospectives Part 1: Useful Tool or Empty Ceremony?

(Stevie Wonder, CC Image by Thomas Hawk, on Flickr) Retrospectives have the potential to be a cornerstone of any agile project; when given appropriate attention and done correctly they embody the principles of continuous feedback and improvement and provide a great asset for team progress. Often however, retrospectives are not given appropriate attention, or at […]

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Puppet – arrays and $name

We’re using puppet on my current project for configuration management and while i was familar with the concept its my first time actually using it or anything similar. Today I was working on a modifying some of our existing manifests to install and set up a local openLDAP server on local dev machines when run. […]

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A Taste of India

I’ve just returned from a trip to Pune, India to meet the in-laws, and one of the things I was most excited about (other than meeting my in-laws of course!) was the food. Having spent a year living in India my stomach had strengthened enough to allow me to go on a wild tour of […]

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self confidence != arrogance

After a grueling twelve months I’ve rolled off another project at ThoughtWorks, which neatly coincides with me starting a blog. Although this isn’t the first time I’ve rolled off a project (looking back, this is my 10th since I joined TW back in 2007), its still a good time to look back and reflect on […]

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