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Synchronized Development for Distributed Teams

I have worked remotely on and off a lot over the last 20 years or so, I think I end up taking for granted some aspects of it and can’t quite see why some people are having a hard time with that. Some recent conversations have made me take a step back and put some more thought into it so I can best help other folks adjust to this.

On one recent conversation with a friend and co-worker, he mentioned his team’s latest sprint has been very successful, despite the work from home scenario. I asked to what he attributes that success, to which he answered “pair programming”, and that reminded me of a great success story I’ve had with a team 10 years ago!

In fact, we were so happy back then with how the team was handling remote work, that my good old friend George and I even put together a talk about it, delivered at a Houston Tech Fest. So for our Virtual Brown Bag meeting last week, we decided to revisit that content, checking what processes and tools we used 10 years ago, how well they stood the test of time, what we’ve changed since then, etc. Our realization is that the processes are still pretty much the same, whereas some of the tools may have been replaced, but still sticking to the same intent.

If you’d like to check out that conversation, sit back and enjoy the video!

P.S.: And I hope to see you online at our Virtual Brown Bag tomorrow, April 30th, 12-1pm Central Time.

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Virtual Brown Bag on April 23, 2020

The Virtual Brown Bag tomorrow (April 23) will start at 11am Central due to some scheduling conflicts. The website has been updated to include this information, as well as a link to last week’s video, in case you missed it!

Join us to check out what folks have to share, and maybe share a thing or two yourself. Meanwhile, here’s last week’s video, when we talked about “Now” pages, user stories, and some real neat Emacs tricks:

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The Virtual Brown Bag is Back… again!!

Remember when we used to Learn and Share at the Virtual Brown Bag Meetings back in 2009? It was so great, we even brought it back in 2016 (thanks to the efforts of my friends JB and George). Well, it’s time to bring it back… again!!

People have been asking me about bringing it back and I’ve been wanting to do it, and now the current situation we live in has just pushed me into getting it back up and running again.

The first meeting in this reboot is happening next week, April 16, 12-1pm Central Time, which by a very fortunately coincidence happens to mark the 11th anniversary of the very first VBB! How appropriate.

All you have to do is to head over to this link on April 16 and join us. If you click on the link now, you even get to set a reminder so you won’t forget it.

The format will be pretty much the same as we’ve done before.

What should you do between now and then? Well, take notes of things you learn, challenges you face, interesting articles your read… and then share those with us at the VBB! If you think you don’t have anything to share, join us anyway, and we may be able to change your mind about that. 🙂

Bag, Paper, Brown, Food, Sack, Packaging, Groceries

Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

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Virtual Brown Bag on Feb 16, 2016

Good things coming up for the Virtual Brown Bag:

The website is back up!
http://virtualbrownbag.com/

We are also on Slack:
http://slack.virtualbrownbag.com/

A Community on Google:
Virtual Brown Bag Community on Google

We’re scheduling people to come give us a 10-30 minute talk on specific subjects, in order to get some discussions going. We’ll be publishing our schedule to some online calendar.

Other topics covered this week:

Angular 2

JB’s struggles with Ember

George’s checklist for project estimation:
https://github.com/togakangaroo/estimation-checklist

I shared the Breaking the Time Barrier book, written by the creator of
Freshbooks.

I also shared about Rails Assets, and asked how the guys handle pulling libraries into Rails app. JB says he’s given up on using gems for that, and just puts the files into the project. I’ll probably try that, too.

JB also shared this: Google assets sync rails

Enjoy!

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Virtual Brown Bag on Feb 9, 2016

My notes for last week’s VBB…

George talked about JavaScript generators.

I talked about my struggles integrating AngularJS templates into a Rails app, which boiled down to me skipping a step or two following instructions on how to use the Angular-Rails-Templates gem.

I mentioned Postach.io, which is a blogging platform that allows us to maintain a blog by writing the posts as notes in Evernote. This is what I’m using for my musical blog, Sanctuary of Nevermore.

For my professional blog, www.lassala.net, which is hosted on WordPress, I’ve been using a blogging tool called Blogo, which allows me to write my drafts in Evernote, and then edit the posts and publish it using this tool.

I’ve also mentioned my post Catching up with my Book Reading, and talked about three books I’ve finished recently that I really enjoyed:

Anything you Want: 40 lessons for a new Kind of Entrepreneur, Derek Sivers

Mastering Creativity, James Clear

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing, Al Ries & Jack Trout

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Virtual Brown Bag on Feb 2, 2016

Last week both George an I couldn’t make it to the VBB, but JB came through and shared more of his Earlang, Elixir and Phoenix love. The video is up and running so you can catch up (I just did!):

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Virtual Brown Bag on Jan 26, 2016

These are my notes from the meeting yesterday…

Evernote
Went over the way I’m using Evernote.

Chocolatey
https://chocolatey.org/
George’s recommendation of a Machine Package Manager. Since I still do some work on Windows, I’ll check out this tool.

Vimium
Vimium is a Chrome plugin that adds VIM commands to your web navigation. I’ve been using it for several years now, mostly for the following feature: I hit the F-key, and then Vimium assigns a combination of letters to anything clickable on the page, so I can do all of my web navigation without using the mouse.

ConEmu
George mentioned this tool as a etter console for Windows: https://conemu.github.io/
I’ll definitely check it out. I’ve been using Console2 for a long time, but ConEmu seems to be a lot better.

Emergent Task Planner
JB’s recommendation for a paper task planner. As much as I like doing everything electronically, I have started using paper for a couple of notes here and there (which I keep syncing it back into Evernote), just in order to try doing things differently. I may try out this task planner and see if it works with my flow.

Elixir
JB shared a little of the awesomeness of Elixir’s pattern matching and how you can write some expressive code with it.

The video for yesterday’s meeting is up!

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