July 2007

Poker Playing for Software Development Projects

Ran across an interview at InfoQ about using poker playing to help with software estimation.  Looking at the planning poker site, it seems a bit gimmicky and hokey and reminds me a lot of the the CRC cards approach (BTW, I think my next job title will be agile consultant).  I have never really done a project using CRC but… Read more Poker Playing for Software Development Projects

Using Ruby, SOAP, and Apache to implement SSO for SalesForce.com

Since I have been talking about Java vs. Ruby, I figured I would give a recent example of where Ruby really solved my problems simply and easily.  My company uses SalesForce.com for their CRM solution.  Our sales, finance, and fulfillment teams have logins that are maintained and managed through the website.  This is a pain for both… Read more Using Ruby, SOAP, and Apache to implement SSO for SalesForce.com

Open Source Software as a Marketing Platform for Hiring

Was just reading an article at cio.com that talks about How to Recruit in a Hot Market.  One of the points they talk about is marketing your IT organization, mentioning that some large corporation employ full time marketers for their IT team.  But how is a smaller team to compete?  One overlooked method is how… Read more Open Source Software as a Marketing Platform for Hiring

Considering Working for a Startup? 34 Questions to Ask Before Signing Up.

Ever thought of working at a startup?  Reading TechCrunch articles and wishing that you could be part of the fun?  Wondering what information you need to make a decision? When considering joining a startup, here are the questions that I want to satisfactorily answer before making a decision. Position Questions Will I be able to… Read more Considering Working for a Startup? 34 Questions to Ask Before Signing Up.

Can a Big Public Company Develop an Interesting Social Network?

Much has been made about Yahoo and Google’s attempts at next generation social networks.  In addition, companies like News Corp and NBC/Universal are trying to build a YouTube competitor.  Despite having good funding sources, I’m pretty skeptical about these companies (especially the News Corp/NBC video site) ability to create a truly popular and innovative social… Read more Can a Big Public Company Develop an Interesting Social Network?