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So far Grant Stone has created 4 blog entries.

Keeping our code simple

  Here at Cemplicity, we like to keep things simple. In fact, we're so keen on simplicity that it's one of our core values. Yeah, I know. Corporate values. We've all worked at places with carefully curated mottoes and philosophies hung in prominent positions that bear no relation to what really happens. But we really do strive for simplicity in all of our processes. Today I'll be taking a look at why our development team value keeping it simple. Simple systems are easy to understand. If you've read my previous posts about how we transform post-its into code, you've got [...]

May 16th, 2019|Categories: IT Leadership|

Bring a plate

Here in New Zealand we're about to move from spring into summer. People don't bother with their winter coats when they walk out the door to work and they're starting to think about abandoning their umbrellas. Which could be a mistake, especially in Auckland where there's always a chance of rain. Out in the suburbs people are getting ready for a summer of entertaining. Barbeques are being cleaned, or if no amount of scrubbing will remove that rust, replaced entirely. The walk to the bus stop becomes an obstacle course of abandoned grills and outdoor furniture. Soon invitations will be [...]

December 4th, 2018|Categories: IT Leadership, Life at Cemplicity|

Under the hood part 2 – Just like Turner & Hooch

I really like buddy cop films. You know the ones - two mavericks who have always gotten results by doing things their own way are teamed up. Riggs & Murtaugh, Tango & Cash, Angel & Butterman. Maybe they rub each other the wrong way at first, but in the end they crack the case, get the killer, defuse the bomb. And they learn a little bit about each other on the way. That's a pretty good description of how the dev team gets things done at Cemplicity, usually with less friction and far fewer car chases. Last time my [...]

November 6th, 2018|Categories: IT Leadership|

Under the Hood Part 1 – Prioritising work

There's a wall in the Cemplicity office behind where the development team sits that is covered in Post-Its. Every post-it represents a new feature, configuration change or, occasionally, bug that has been analysed, built and deployed to our production systems. It's a monument to the achievements of our small, but mighty, team. Like many organisations that take an agile approach, we are continually experimenting with new ways of getting the work done. In this series of posts, my co-owner and I will describe the process we currently use, how we got here and why it might work for you [...]

October 26th, 2018|Categories: IT Leadership|