How I tackle an Open University Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA)

I’ve been studying with the Open University now for six years; the first three years studying at undergraduate level, and the past three years at postgraduate level. Over this time I have developed what I feel is quite a nice system for tackling the Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs) that OU students regularly complete, so I thought …

Developer Anarchy

The latest episode of Software Engineering Radio contains an interesting discussion about a project management technique known as Developer Anarchy. Fred George, the interviewee, defines anarchy as a group of people managing themselves, with few or no rules being imposed by higher levels of management. George describes how he first discovered this technique when working …

Daily stand-up meetings: A communications pattern and anti-pattern

The pattern I like the idea of holding a daily stand-up meeting. This involves a team coming together at the start of each day to provide brief status updates and discuss the challenges ahead. I see stand-ups as being particularly useful in helping to resolve issues that are blocking progress, such as in this fictional …

Investigating the Internet of Things: Part 1

This weekend I have been reading the IEEE Computer Society’s Computer magazine that was kindly offered as a free download via their Twitter feed: COMPUTER MAGAZINE: Reminder/Download the first digital edition of 2015 for free! http://t.co/I3xmEBeGuc — IEEE ComputerSociety (@ComputerSociety) January 23, 2015 Two articles in this publication particularly caught my attention: Firstly, Hal Berghel’s cases …