Our team have often expressed in retrospectives that they feel they should rotate more often. In fact, the irregular rotation is often a theme when trying to get to the root cause of bad design decisions and lacking code architecture. In the spirit of self-organisation we have sought not to impose pair rotation on the team, instead encouraging them to retrospect on this themselves and come up with their own scheme. The only limitation we’ve given is that one of the developers should remain on the story in each swap, so that some context is retained.
This is a simple one, but I’m quite pleased with it, and I don’t think it jumps out as an obvious tweak. Vuze (formally Azureus) is a great BitTorrent client, which has some great features like transcoding and subscriptions. I’ve previously had it configured to download everything from an RSS feed, which was built from my bookmarks in Mininova. But they don’t have so many torrents these days, and I wanted a set up which wasn’t dependent on one site.
The obligatory first post. I’ve got a few ideas in the pipeline for future posts, but with a busy June it may be some time before they materialise. I’m attending Velocity 2011 in San Francisco, then heading straight off to Glastonbury where I volunteer as a steward with Oxfam. With plenty of travel time I’m sure I’ll manage to post something soon.