Trust

Here’s the thing: the problems you need to solve as a technical manager are by definition non-technical. You need to create an environment in which the engineering team can execute to their potential, and otherwise get out of the way. The last thing you need is technical authority

Responsibility

Having spent a fair bit of time as a manager of developers, there’s one really simple sign (for me personally) that developers are growing: smiles. Those little smiles that I get when I’m hopping in my car after a day at work, or reading an email, or watching an interaction. Those little “wow, yeah, that’s the behaviour I’m looking for” moments.

Focus

Without focus a software engineering team can look and feel like they’re doing great, but not make headway. You can have all the right pieces set up just the right way, but all for naught. No amount of engineering talent, no fantastic working environment, nor great team culture can make up for a lack of focus. It’s that important.

We Are Treating it Very Seriously

After reading Lance’s latest post, I remembered an interview I heard on the radio this morning. It was about a serious workplace accident, at a company that has had two recent workplace deaths. The man being interviewed said: “We are treating this very seriously” I’m going to come right out and say no, you are […]

Smart TV is Bullshit

Just stop. Stop for one second and make me a television that looks great, operates quickly, and gets itself the fuck out of the space between me and my video entertainment. Please.

Consent

Here is a list of some things. Many of these have been mentioned in conversations in most forms of media about sexual activity and rape over the last couple of weeks: Drunk Out late at night Wearing skimpy clothes Age of participants Up for it Knew what you were getting into Not brave enough to […]

Microsoft Surface: Hardware is not the problem

The Intel-based Surface Pro 2 is a beast. You can get one for $1299, but fully kitted out it will cost you closer to $2500. That high-end model is stupendous: 8GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, it runs faster than most laptops and is still incredibly small and light. I don’t exaggerate when I say that the Surface Pro 2 is the best bit of Windows hardware anywhere.

Use Your Inside Voice

There’s something about Twitter that brings out the troll in me. I’m not sure what it is, but it feels like more often than not I’m responding to public figures with ranting negativity. To be fair, I’m often responding to examples of deep stupidity, but that doesn’t mean I have to reply likewise. It shouldn’t […]

The Morality of Metadata

We have been living under the misguided impression that we are not being watched because the actors who would watch us are inherently law-abiding and moral. The reality is that they haven’t been watching us because it required effort.

An Open Letter to Judith Collins

I hope you can see from my explanations above that the activity we have witnessed regarding National Party websites and bank account “hacking” are worlds apart. The former in no way proves the latter, as you stated.

Conflating the two does nothing to advance discussion around how we can embrace or enable legitimate online protest while also dealing with illegal activity in an increasingly connected world.