Sex symbols, look a likes, special desks and a heartfelt apology

Can you believe it, we have a sex symbol in the team! It transpires that Architects do not only draw boxes that connect and ramble on about frameworks but they are also fully fledged bona fide sex gods, of the I have just seen a ‘hottie’ (© Finnie) ilk. Who do you ask is this select individual, sorry boys only one of you made the cut? Well it is non other than our very own Morningside Maisie botherer, Andy Ryan. How do I know this? Well, I was sat on a coach with some refreshed ladies and it all came out about how handsome he is in his tuxedo and when they have seen him in his tuxedo they just want to handle his manly chest. On the right is the image that probably went through his head when this information was regaled to him. For the sake of comparison on the left is Maisie.
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We have a couple of lookalikes this week. Our very own ‘Hair the Month’ winner was unfavourably compared to a Greek waiter by another member of the team. I can’t mention their name but they themselves are Greek and favour touching.
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Still it gets the hearts fluttering of ladies of a certain age.
Next up we have Captain Haddock who decided the other week to venture away from his black and green screen and do an impersonation of the Teletubbies. Look…..
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It may have come to your attention that Alan B often looks like he is not at his desk but when you get closer you find him slumped in a position 9 out of 10 osteopaths would not recommend. Therefore, when I saw this I thought of him and may even get one for the office. It’s called the Super Gorone desk and retails for a bargain price of $121. Or maybe its just aimed at the teenage market?
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I had a Fox ‘news’ moment last week. I conflated a couple of the Android devs and arrived at the name of
Roisin Russell which I used when I meant to welcome Roisin Cowans to the team. This I appreciate will not really help my drive for diversity in the team so I apologise wholeheartedly for this gross and frankly unnecessary error. I can also confirm that there are no areas in Edinburgh which are no-go for non-Muslims. I did once see a black flag flying outside ‘Stratties’ in Gorgie but I believe this was related to a drinks promotion.
The serious bit you may want to read
 
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I love this simple representation of a flow based system, simplicity is always better than complex. It a pity we seem to think that building more complex process reduces risk and when we encounter a bottleneck the walls get higher. In many cases you just burn money, not a good thing at the moment…

http://www.clarkeching.com/ccblog/2014/12/3/the-development-engine

Interesting article, its 6 years old but very familiar as I had a similar discussion this week, pointing out the perils of working in isolation on the same problem.

http://testobsessed.com/2008/04/agile-friendly-test-automation-toolsframeworks/

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From Colin McRoberts. The cost of this bank is something we should envy, we should also envy that it has an infrastructure that allows 3rd parties to create applications for it’s customers!
Interesting article from Leanne G. Sample quote “Design is not so much a design issue as a power struggle.”
From Scott S. 5 steps to creating high performance teams. Only 5 steps I hear you cry!
and a good article on Lean Product Management.
Derek has got in on the act and sent me this article somebody sent him. Some of what is said is not news to people in the team but it is interesting that this thinking is so mainstream that it comes from sources like this…
Some stuff I have found.
If you have a spare couple of hours and are feeling intellectual you may find this interesting.
Some pointers on usability testing you may want to use. Sample quote “Pierre Croft, IA and UX expert for Decibel Digital believes that card sorting can even help defend against the bad ideas of HIPPOS (highest paid people in the room) who usually aren’t the Web usability experts. Card sorting is cheap, useful, and quick”
The Razorfish Digital Dopamine report 2015 is available here.
You may or may not want to see pictures of Mr Mosely infamous orgy but you may very well be concerned about censorship.
Have a great weekend everybody.
Andrew
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