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  • Lacking Confidence

    One of my biggest professional hindrances is a lack of confidence. I don’t have a CS degree. In fact, I have almost zero technical academic training. (My degree is in Religious Studies). In addition, I hang out with a lot of very smart and motivated programming gurus. I tend to judge myself by what they...
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 08-25-2009
    Filed under: Musings, Opinion
  • Quantity is NOT a measure of Quality

    Today I was asked what I thought about asking each of our feature teams to report the total number of new unit tests created during their iteration.  My knee-jerk reaction was to ask the person WTF were they thinking.  However, my better sense (yea, I have a little common sense) kicked in....
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 08-21-2009
    Filed under: Agile, Opinion
  • Wow, the hatred for ‘var’ lives on

    Here we are almost 2 full years since the var keyword was released to the wild, and only a few short months (I hope) till the next release of the .net framework and still the hatred for the var keyword lives on. The other day I woke up to find the following rant waiting for me in an IM window: [21:46...
    Posted to Derik Whittaker by Derik Whittaker on 08-14-2009
    Filed under: Opinion
  • Refactoring Relationships

    Working with people is a lot like working with code. New relationships are green fields. Over time they become brown fields and (just like code) they require maintenance. I’m sure that everyone reading this can identify some legacy relationships that they would describer as, well, complicated. Just like...
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 08-08-2009
    Filed under: Agile, Best Practices, Opinion
  • Agile Living

    I yearn to be consistent. I want my professional values to be the same as my personal ones. This is why I was quick to sign the Agile Manifesto ; it aligned with my personal values. I have been overcommitted for the last couple of months and the stress has forced me to do some professional reevaluation...
    Posted to Christopher Bennage by Christopher Bennage on 08-04-2009
    Filed under: Agile, Opinion
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