A great book by Edward Yourdon, Death March: The Complete Software Developer’s Guide to Surviving ‘Mission Impossible’ Projects. Being part of a crunch turned to death march projects, this book speaks volumes on the subject and is a worthwhile read (hopefully before you start on a project). For a death march project to occur, one […]
Category: team lead
Well, the day still starts at 7:00 AM, but the timeline is a bit different in a crunch. See my original post for comparison: http://gameprogrammertechnicalartist.blogspot.com/2010/10/day-in-life-of-game-programmer-team.html
Why do people crunch?
I was asked by a friend an colleague: “why do people crunch”? This is not an easy one to answer. I suppose for everyone it is a little different, and is often based on the person themself, their attitude, personality and history. For me, I usually enjoy the work, and like the challenge and the […]
Book Review: Peopleware
The book Peopleware:Productive Projects and Teams (2nd edition) by Tom Demarco and Timothy Lister should be required reading for anyone in charge of or working with software projects. So much of it is such good sense, and yet so much of it will make you shake your head and say “why are we still doing […]
How important is coding style? This debate is something that really draws out the “artist” and critic in every programmer. In many ways the style of writing code is similar to writing poetry, and what makes the subject so hotly debated is that the beauty of the code, sentence or poem is all in the […]
Agile Software Engineering by Orit Hazzan and Yael Dubinsky works largely as an undergraduate textbook, dealing a lot with how to teach and educate Agile methodologies in a learning environment. The book is broken up into progressively more involved steps with each chapter ending with a summary and reflective questions. There are also breakdowns of […]
Creating a Great Team
Comparison time: Great Hockey Team and Great Programmer Team.
In order to improve my time (and hack my life) I have to know what it has in it. Here is my breakdown of an average (quiet) day, although it is still 9:00-6:30. We have been pretty good about doing 9:00-5:00 hours and that is what most of our guys do, and I would prefer […]
Staying on this Agile game development interest, I was at the local book store the other day and ran across the book Agile Game Development With Scrum by Clinton Keith and thought, “how appropriate”. Needless to say I was intrigued about the aspects of applying Agile directly to game development and immediately started reading it.
For those of you following, I have been delving into more & more practices and thought I would look into Extreme Programming (XP), created by Kent Beck (one of the original authors of the agile manifesto). Some of you (like me) may feel that the term “extreme” may be a bit overused (do our developers […]