Month: October 2017

Avoid Burnout: Take Time To Unplug

Avoid Burnout: Take Time To Unplug

One of the biggest struggles that developers face is burnout. I’ve seen it happen time and time and time again. We do too much. We work 40, 50, 60 or more hours a week in an office doing development work, then come home and spend another 20, 30 or more hours at home working on our personal projects or side clients. Add to all that the various levels of personal commitments we might outside of development, be it family, church, charity work, and so forth. All that time takes its toll and, if we’re not careful, it overwhelms us and we burn out. It happened to me. …

The Worthlessness of Project Estimates: Why We Still Do Them

The Worthlessness of Project Estimates: Why We Still Do Them

Whether we are developers, project managers, business analysts, stakeholders or anyone else involved in the software development process, we all know that estimates for software development are always wrong: ALWAYS. I have never once been involved in a software project that met it’s estimates or even came close. Sometimes we get the job done earlier than estimated, but usually it runs over. You know it. I know it. We all know it. Even if that estimate seems reasonable at the time we do it, it always ends up being wrong. So why do we still bother to do them? …

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update May Have Killed One of my PCs

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update May Have Killed One of my PCs

So far I’ve installed the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on 7 machines. Those machines include 2 desktops (one running the Windows Insider Preview slow ring and one stock Windows 10) and 5 laptops (one running the Windows Insider Preview fast ring and the others all stock). The machines are from a variety of sources: one desktop was purchased and one was built, and the laptops are a mix of HP, Toshiba, Microsoft, ASUS and Lenovo. …