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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,…



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…



November 2009


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…