Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Management Tips - A Hebrew Podcast on Management and Leadership

As promised, today we (Lior Cohen and I)  have announced our new podcast in Hebrew on Management and Leadership.

In this podcast we will try to provide tips, tools and best practices from our experience as well as from the experience of other prominent leaders in the Israeli work space. I believe there are many tales about managers and management. Without going into too much details, we believe that management is a skill you need to grow slowly and gradually (the same way as you grow your technology skills for example). It is a long way to go... A well skilled manager works hard every day to "clean" the way for his team members in order to allow THEM to do what they know best (like delivering software for example).

My hope that this podcast will help everybody, who wants to learn and to grow these skills.
My personal believe is that this podcast isn't only for managers.
Since one of the keys of good management is creating a highly gelled and efficient environment - I hope that others will contribute (and listen) as well.

I will be happy to hear you feedbacks (or questions or management dilemmas).

You can find the podcast here: www.mngttips.com.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

API Best Practices

During our last Software Craftsmanship meeting I have delivered a short (about 14 min) talk on API best practices (in Hebrew).

You can find it here:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New web site for the Israeli Software Craftsmanship Group

A new web site that summarizes all the events of the Israeli Software Craftsmanship Group (#SCISR) can be found here: http://bit.ly/scisr (or http://israel.softwarecraftsmanship.org).
The site contains an information about upcoming events (home) and an option to register to them.
In addition the site summarizes (events tab) all the major events we had and includes all the materials, like slides and recordings, from the meetings.
Your are welcome to register to the events RSS (also please check our Linkedin group, if you aren't registered there yet)

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Giving a talk on Fostering Software Craftsmanship (Building Successful Teams)

I will be giving a talk on Fostering Software Craftsmanship (Building Successful Teams) on May the 7th at the Hub Tel - Aviv.

During the last years I've been asked several times on the topics of the talk. Since the session is usually about an hour and so, needless to say that I am only scratching the surface. There is definitely more into that. I only provoke initial thoughts on our profession both from a personal and a team view perspectives.

I will be more than pleaced if you continue to be in touch, reaching for questions, suggestions or taking more personal involvement in the Software Craftsmanship community (here and here)

In addition, in the following days I will announce a new podcast that I intend to record.
This podcast will be connected to some topics I am mentioning in the talk, but obviously will deal with more broader issues and more deeply.

I'll post the details soon!

Monday, March 5, 2012

From Manual to Automated QA

Here is (and also below) a short lecture (In Hebrew) I gave during the Agile Practitioners 2012 conference.
The lecture summarizes the lessons we learned at PicScout (also here) while introducing more and more automation to our QA team.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Tenth Software Craftsmanship In Israel Meeting

On our tenth Software Craftsmanship meeting I was very excited to host Corey Haines.

Corey flew to Israel on Tuesday just to conduct 2 code retreats on Wednesday and Thursday so obviously he was a bit tired when we gathered for the meeting. Corey gave a short talk, concentrating on reminding us what is the value for the business that we should provide.

Here it is:

After the talk we broke into pairs in order to hand interpreter a Piet language. Piet is a stack based language whose programs are bitmaps that look like an abstract art. In our exercise we needed to hand interpreted the "Hello World" program which looks like that:

This really makes you to appreciate your compiler (or interpreter)!

Personally, I had lots of fun and my hope is that Corey will visit us soon again.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Two Code Retreats & 10th Software Craftsmanship Meeting with Corey Haines

I am very happy to announce a few very interesting events, coming at the end of this month:
Code Retreat with Corey Haines:

Corey Haines is a Journeyman who went for an year of pair-programming tour.
Corey is highly involved with the Software Craftsmanship movement and is a frequent speaker on various conferences on the matters of code quality, skills and professionalism.

We will host 2 code retreats events on January the 25th and January the 26th (These are the same events, so please register only to one of them).
The details and the registration can be found here: Code Retreat - Take I, Code Retreat - Take II.
*** The number of seats is VERY limited ***
Please hurry up to register and if you know that you cannot attend, please remember to release the place for somebody else to attend.

10th SCISR Meeting

As you already guessed, Corey will be the key speaker on our next meeting.
The meeting will take place on Thursday, January the 26th.
The agenda and the time frames will be posted separately.
Please follow up the registration page; I will update the agenda, the location and the time frames once it will be decided.
(Please note, that there are some difficulties to find a big place to host the event. If you have suggestions, please feel free to contact me).

Agile Practitioners

For ones who are interested, Corey (and for the due diligence me and other group members too) will give a talk on Agile Practitioners conference on January the 31st.
More details can be found here on the conference's page.


If you are interested in those events (and you should be ;)), I am still seeking for sponsorship to help me with the logistics of hosting Corey in Israel.
If you would like to propose some sponsorship, hosting the 10th meeting, taking Corey out or giving him a tour to Kibbutz :) please feel free to contact me.