Category Archives: Developer Diary

8 Tips for a 3-minute stand-up

Stand-up - it's supposed to be the time-saving meeting you have once a day to get project status updates. But it can easily become a behemoth, a monstrous overrunning meeting which seems to suck time out of everyone in the team. As a Program Manager at Microsoft the teams I worked with managed to get…
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The Power of Software

This article was originally published on LinkedIn, July 6 2016. At first I wasn't too sure what to make of it. An email explaining that a mobile application I’d written had changed someone’s life. But it turned out to be the single best piece of user feedback I've ever had and probably the best email…
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Running MongoDB in a Virtual Environment

I got the chance to give an updated version of my introduction to MongoDB to the Dublin MongoDB user group (@MongoDBDublin). Download the Slide Deck: I've supplied my slide deck, along with meeting notes here. I think I can share with you the most interesting learning I had when initially using MongoDB - virtual machines lie... they…
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Halloween Special a self Postmortem – Using MongoDB

This evening I had a terrifying experience. I stood up in front of a room of talented and experienced developers, and a MongoDB expert and I told them about all the stupid and silly mistakes I'd made building VocZie with MongoDB. The really strange thing is I feel much better now, hope this feeling lasts until…
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