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Friday

06

August 2010

An Idea for Tracer Bullets

by Colin Miller, on Design, development, Focusing, Ramblings, Testing

My favorite software development related book, The Pragmatic Programmer, has a section in it where it mentions tracer bullets. The tracer bullet system they describe really reminds me of the scaffolding system that Rails made popular. It's sort of a loose structure that gives you something to play with but that really needs to be fleshed out for your finished application. The idea behind using a tracer bullet, or scaffolding,…

Wednesday

16

December 2009

A Month of the Pomodoro Technique

by Colin Miller, on Focusing, Pomodoro, Time Management

It has been one month as of today that I started using the Pomodoro Technique at work in an attempt to increase my productivity. I think that after a month of use I can provide an evaluation of the technique; what I find good about it along with some of the negative sides. While I think that using pomodoros has increased my productivity overall, there are still some gaps that…

Saturday

14

November 2009

Focusing

by Colin Miller, on Focusing, Pomodoro, Time Management

I've been having trouble focusing a lot recently. When faced with a difficult problem that I can not find an obvious solution to, I tend to procrastinate or shy away from the problem. Other things become important suddenly; like checking email, talking on IM, reading slashdot. All these things do not lead to a productive day. If I'm not productive, my energy level in general goes down. I notice that…