Mercenary Blog

People in the Workplace

Last March, Katharine Zaleski, the President of startup PowertoFly, issued a public apology to all working mothers. She said that she “committed a long list of infractions against mothers” and, …

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About 10x Coders

Recently, it seems that everyone is talking about 10x coders. It’s one of those timeless topics  – Fred Brooks wrote about it extensively in his groundbreaking work, The Mythical Man …

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You Are Going to Need it

This is a story about that person on every development team who say that he doesn’t use an Integrated Development Environment. That favorite_text_editor is all he ever uses. The same …

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Good Teams, Bad Teams

I had some time recently to pause and reflect on the teams I’ve worked with and consulted with in my career. The patterns were clear: Good Teams Recognized that documentation …

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Unit Testing Considered Harmful

Prospective customers often say to us things like “we need greater coverage in our unit testing.” The problems they are trying to solve are expressed like: “Our builds are breaking …

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