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May 22, 2018  5:43 PM

Working Outside of the Process

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

A few years ago I was on an overworked team. Big surprise there, right? We were working on a long list of work for an upcoming release. We through everything was documented in our bug tracker, but you know software, the more you dig into the work the more new scope you discover. We would work on a...

May 8, 2018  9:32 PM

Navigating Software Roadmaps

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

Five or so years ago I was working at an early stage startup in the anesthesiology space. We were making a product for anesthesiologists to document cases in real time that would help them navigate away from traditional pen and paper solutions. The development team I worked with was building and...


April 29, 2018  9:11 PM

How to Disagree

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

I wouldn't say that I'm a disagreeable person, I've just been in a field that requires analysis and asking questions for so long that asking those hard questions is second nature. I was just plain bad at this early in my career. Years ago, I was in a transitional meeting. We had been developing...


April 22, 2018  9:26 PM

Why is Story Slicing Meaningful?

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

In January, I wrote a little bit about how to do a better job slicing up stories. In my experience, there is always a healthy amount of debate around what size a story should be. Should we make this a 3...


March 15, 2018  9:13 PM

Managing Technical Debt

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

Every company I have worked with has some sort of technical debt. One organization years ago was so bad, we had to do something similar to debt consolidation. We had gone years without really dealing with various problems in the code and build system. The product I was working on was delicate...


February 27, 2018  12:21 PM

Musings on Pairing

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

A few years ago I ran into a tester at a conference that was moving away from testing work. He was working for a company that had their developers pairing for nearly every code change. What he described seemed like magic. He told me that two developers work on one change until it was done. When he...


February 20, 2018  9:49 PM

Where is the Junior Engineer?

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

I read an article the other day called Who Killed the Junior Developer. The author talks a little about her experience with job hunting as a new graduate and also what the job advertising landscape looks...


February 8, 2018  9:04 PM

Making Time for Skill

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

Around the first of the year I wrote a post about skill development. it covered a handful of things I would be forced into learning over the next year or so. Skill development is something that most...


January 22, 2018  10:14 PM

Better Story Slicing

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

Slicing up user stories into something useful has been trouble at every company I have worked with. Usually what happens is the development gets stories in various states. One story is clear cut and takes a day. The description of another story seems clear cut, but ends up taking a week or more....


January 2, 2018  9:52 PM

On Boarding New Technical Staff

Justin Rohrman Justin Rohrman Profile: Justin Rohrman

On board is something technical people don't seem to think about very often. Bigger companies handle this through the Human Resources department. There is probably a handbook and a series of videos explaining step by step what to do with a new person. IT builds new computers based on employee...


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