Monthly Archives: December 2013


What does it take to put accountability into practice in an organization?  I was refreshing my memory with staff performance review season coming up again.  Clear accountability can help organizational efficiency.  I think there is always benefit in defining clearer expectations up front (even though this will take effort) and with better measurement of progress […]

Humor – Computer version of Abbott and Costello skit

This is probably old, but hey – I came from the backwater of Australia! 😉  My sister sends me these sorts of things occasionally… You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello, and too old to REALLY understand computers, to fully appreciate this. For those of us who sometimes get flustered by […]

What I Like about Poker Planning

Poker planning is one scheme often used in Scrum or other Agile methodologies as a way of helping to estimate tasks in a sprint. The way I used it was to get the sprint team together (the people who will do work in the sprint), for them to come up with a proposed list of […]

What is “Good” API Design

What makes a good API design? I don’t think there is a single answer to this – there are different approaches that work better in different circumstances. Here are a few examples. Which is better – a broad or narrow API? One approach is to have a broad API – one where there are lots […]

Charity Site Design Considerations

In this post I describe aspects I like and dislike about different charity / not-for-profit web sites.  In follow up posts I will describe how Magento can be used to support such functionality. Apart from my normal disclaimer about working for eBay and Magento and PayPal are a part of eBay, I wanted to add […]