Throwing away working code

It’s a tough call to make, but sometimes the best thing for a business to do is to throw away working code if it’s not what the business needs to be successful right now. Eric Ries wrote an insightful post back in February 2009. Lessons Learned: Throwing away working code. A business which is not …

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Two good videos

Monday was a bank holiday, so I found a little time to catch up with some of the web videos in my queue. First I watched an inspiring session from TechCrunch Nordic which likens achieving an “exit” for a startup company to dating. Fun, and with a strand of truth. TechCrunch Nordic – Tommy Ahlers …

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Kent Beck on Agile and Lean for startups. A must-watch video

Kent Beck, rightly well-known for Extreme programming, Test-Driven Development and jUnit gave a really thought-provoking talk at the Startup Lessons Learned Conference in San Francisco on April 23, 2010. Watch live video from Startup Lessons Learned on Justin.tv If you are at all interested in software and/or startups, this is well worth a viewing. Via …

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Death of Hybrid Camry Chief Engineer is Ruled Overwork

This is interesting in so many ways. Not only that the Toyota system – long held up as a shining example of lean, sustainable working – can also burn people out, but also that the Japanese have a special word “karoshi” for death by over work. Learning and practising techniques to avoid this situation is …

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