Winter ’11 – a haiku

Rather than outline the finer points of the new features that came out with Winter ’11, I wrote a haiku.

winter eleven
a welcome gift from the cloud
administrators rejoice

Apologies to all my English teachers and real poets everywhere!

If you’re looking for a “real” blog post about Winter ’11 here are some of my favorites:


And then there were three

I’m 1/3 of a three person team.  We became 3 in June and the addition of a third person caused some friction.  I suppose that was to be expected, but I don’t think any of us expected the level of friction we’ve experienced.

As such, we’ve had a series of meetings to come to an agreement on how we’re going to operate as a group.  Here are just a few of the questions we’ve had to answer in order to become a team.

  • How does work get to us?
  • What constitutes work?
  • How do we prioritize work?
  • How do we document work?
  • How do we plan?
  • How do we account for break/fix work in our planning?
  • How do we track dependencies on other departments and teams?
  • How do we remain transparent to the rest of the company without double entry of tasks?
  • When is a unit of work ready to be worked?
  • When is a unit of work done?
  • Who’s responsible for collecting requirements?
  • What form do those requirements take?
  • How do we track work?
  • How do we keep each other accountable without hurt feelings?
  • What role does management play?
  • How do we celebrate our successes and learn from our failures?
  • What is the definition of an “all hands” scenario?

I’m sure there will be many more meetings and we’ll end up iterating.  The whole point is to begin to come to consensus on these issues.  Wish us luck!  🙂

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