Retweet January 2010

From time to time I just blast tweets about software development, project planning, team dynamics, or whatever else comes to mind. Here is a synopsis of recent tweets and rants. If you want to follow the conversation follow me at techknow and/or juixe and I’ll be sure to follow back.

Software Development

  • If your code works not because of your programming intentions but because of bug side effects and your client doesn’t care, it is not done.
  • I need a software development bug repellent.
  • Design fail if you fix a log message and you break some functionality.
  • If a carpenter’s rule of thumb is to “measure twice, cut once” then a programmer’s rule of thumb should be “design twice, code once, refactor a few times, and optimize only if you have to.”
  • Saying you know programming is like saying you know how to read, a first grader knows how to read!!
  • Requirements gathering is not creative writing.
  • I love requirements: The initial instruction should completely initialize the initial value.

Team Leadership

  • The only two requirements for a manager is that he is breathing and that he can communicate with his team in their language.
  • What happens to you is not other people’s fault, it is your opportunity.
  • There is nothing worse than a perfectionist that doesn’t know what he wants.
  • The worst thing you can so when you make a mistake is lie about it.
  • Every once in a while you have to recalculate, reshuffle, and/or remix your priorities.
  • Embrace the edge.

Product Placement

  • In Google We Trust.
  • Google claims their motto is to ‘do no evil’, put I suggest they change it to ‘do no customer support.’
  • If you use Google search to find Google Mail customer support and still can’t find it, is that a fail in their customer support or search?
  • There should be Freedom of Information Act for corporations. I want to know everything that Google knows about me and how that info is used
  • Can’t believe the AT&T website is not iPhone/mobile friendly.
  • Apple should develop a dual screen iPhone, iPhone GS3 DS.
  • I imagine a time when Zynga will have in-game ads for Monsanto genetic modified seeds on FarmVille or Foster Farm turkeys for Cafe World.
  • Facebook saves everything you create/post/save/click/delete, it can reverse engineer what you where thinking.
  • Doing four square drive-by check-ins.
  • Does Craigslist have an iPhone app?
  • Do you have multiple twitter personality disorder?


  • If we let things terrify us, life will not be worth living. – Seneca
  • If I could make the same amount of money but wake up until when I can’t hold in my pee any longer, I will be a success. – Phil Kaplan
  • The answer to the question “where do good ideas come from” is always the same, the come from bad ideas. – Seth Godin
  • Only the mediocre are always at their best. – Jean Giraudoux
  • From pitch perspective, the more you wear your idea, the more it fits you… – Brad Feld
  • Nothing fails like success. – Arnold Toynbee
  • I totally question the conventional wisdom of the American dream. – Anil Dash
  • If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything, is ready, we shall never begin. – Iva Turgenev

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