I learnt about …

  • How we recharged the team with a fallow week

    Due to the ongoing COVID situation the team had been struggling to stay focussed and motivated. The inability to go out, the lack of change of scenery and the sameness every day has been taking its toll. To try to address this we actively encouraged them to take time off - which, given the limitations on travel, was less appealing than it normally would be. For those unable or unwilling to take time off we decided to introduce a “fallow week”.

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  • How to change your day with meeting plans

    I recently had a day where I had about 10 different meetings - all on different subjects. I knew that I would struggle to be productive in each of them if I turned up for them unprepared and had to switch subjects each time. To solve this I created a simple document and added a heading for each meeting. Under each heading I made a simple bullet list of everything I wanted to cover or possibly discuss in the meeting.

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  • When your WPF menu alignment is wrong

    I had a very weird problem where my menus on a WPF application were dropping down to the left instead of the normal to the right. It turns out it is due to having a tablet setting set to right handed … even though I don’t have a tablet. The answer was found on the link at the bottom of this post. To fix it: Press the Windows key + R and then copy/paste the following line of text.

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  • As part of our processes we regularly hold retrospectives. We used to do this all in a room with post-it notes - a fairly traditional approach. We would set up 4 areas: Liked, Longed, Learned and Lacked and proceed to plaster post-it notes over the different sections. Once everyone had finished we would organise each section into themes and then discuss and agree actions. Going fully remote has obviously meant we need to take a different approach and we now drive it from a shared document we create for each retrospective in Google Docs.

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  • A first encounter with sketchnoting

    One of the talks I attended at the Microsoft Build conference was called “Sketchnoting 101” and given by Nitya Narasimhan. It gave a very high level view of the approach and how anyone can quickly pick it up. Having seen the rough approach I think I have a preference for trying it electronically as it means I can make corrections and play around with layouts. It seems that the most common tool for this is Procreate however this unfortunately is limited to the Apple ecosystem.

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