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Scrum, I'm a lazy developer!



I came across scrum a few months ago, first impression?  just another form of micro-managing.

A good analogy would be scrum is like comunism, great on theory, awful in practice.

If I were to work as a full time developer I will decline any job offer where scrum is involved, I mean, any "agile software development" method that glorifies product owners and scrum masters but degrade developers cannot be something good for any developer.

I often see the term "lazy developer" as a label imposed to those developers who doesn't like scrum. I am a lazy developer ,whoever, for completely different reasons:

I'm lazy because I want to spend as little time as possible doing something and I want to avoid doing the same process over and over again.  Instead of writting the same function for two different projects, I much prefer write a generic one and use that on as many projects as needed.

Meetings everyday?  why?  seems pointless to me, not to mention it makes me feel like I'm some kind of child who needs to be constantly supervised to do what I'm suppose to do.  Its my work.... I'm a fully responsible person, I know what I need to do, how and when...  thats why I was hired in the first place!  because I know my stuff. A meeting everyday to remind me what I already know seems pointless and a pretty stupid way to waste time...  a mmeting everyday to justify my existance or to just talk about awesome things instead of doing said awesome things is also a pretty stupid idea.


On the other side, if you are a developer who "just code", that is, a person who isn't passionate about coding or just go to work, do what its told, isn't interested on developing new skils, etc etc then you surely are gonna love scrum. Working under scrum means you will be told what to do (sometimes even how) which means you aren't going to do any critical thinking at all! you will just go to work, code what they tell you, when they tell you and how they tell you and then come back home.

I guess thats a valid way of life, I know plenty of people who just "do the bare minimum" at work, never takes extra hours, never aspire for a better position, never questions the system, they just go and do work from 9 to 5, no more no less.


I suppose scrum is targeted, or worst, is designed to transform people into this souless quasi mechanic workers without a trait of creativity left on their empty carcass. I certainly don't want to be involved in that kind of stuff.

I understand you get to work on something to earn money, you aren't there to blossom your creativity and thats fine, I almost always took that approach at work, I'm there to work, upper managment wants to do something? is doable? if so, yeah I will do that, thats my work and I will make sure to deliver what was requested. You know, drink the kool aid and all that stuff. Is it stupid or not feasible? of course I will tell them just that, well, maybe changing some adjectives and add pretty flowers to the sentence but I wil make sure they know their expectations are pretty high.


On the other hand, it seems scrum inhibits innovation, most scrum teams are too busy  and too obsessed with finish their tasks/stories and that leads to having little or no time for innovation. Who has time to innovate or be creative when you are forced to work under constant two weeks "sprints".

And its a very sad thing because software development really depends on innovation and its by far the most innovative industry currently out there.

I kinda feel pity for any developer currently working under scrum,  if work wasn't boring already, some bright mind found a way to make it even more boring...

Now, to be completely fair, I don't think scrum itself is bad, its just another working methodology, whats really bad is that it can be very, very quickly comverted to just another tool for micro-managing and thats the real issue.  Unfortunately, 12 out of 10 scrum experiences I saw has taken that path.

Is it just me or the whole scrum thing doesn't really take into consideration any social aspects of working in an office? how about having an obnoxious boss?  or forcing some poor shy soul to have meetings every single day (I know a coworker who will just die if she was forced to have meetings and be open to everyone else everyday). how about bad blood? frienships?

On a side note, I just love how so called "scrum gurus" uses fancy words to vaguely explain what scrum is or means, you know, the kind of words you will often seen on linkedin updates :P  and of course gotta love the scrum master thing: you are in charge but you really aren't in charge but you need to be in charge and pretend not to be in charge while been in charge unless not been in charge by been in charge.

      

Jan 22, 2017, 07:10 PM query_builder
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Google Analytics hacked



Or so it seems... this past monnths I've been getting a very unusual references, all of them has the same text:

Secret.ɢoogle.com You are invited! Enter only with this ticket URL. Copy it. Vote for Trump!

Google it and apparently some Russian dude decided it will be hilarious to spam that message for apparently no reason so I just ignore it.

But! in the past week or so things got worst, I know get fake references from reddit, thenextweb, addons.mozilla  and a bunch of random .xyz domains.

It seems this kind of spam has been around for some time now and google has made no attempt to mitigate it, instead, the answer lots of "google gurus" give is to apply a filter:  https://www.en.advertisercommunity.com/t5/Google-Analytics-Referral-Spam/Tracking-as-Vote-for-Trump/td-p/860785

BTW, I did apply a filter when I was targeted by the free-share-buttons crap  and it was pretty cumbersome to do so, so much that I do not have any intention to repeat that process again.

Anyway, while this is still tolerable I surely hope they somehow manage to stop this.

I'm also curious to know if google tracks this kind of blog posts, do they have something to detect "google bashing" and treat that page differently? Its a rather nice example of conflict of interest, after all, they are a private corp with absolutely no obligation to serve accurate, "unfiltered" results.
      

Jan 15, 2017, 07:00 PM query_builder
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Suki vs the command line: round 2


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Instead of resurrecting an almost 4 years old blog entry I decided to write a brand new entry to keep on ranting!

Soooo...., has anything really changed?

Answer is, not really :P

I still hate the command line with all my passion...

Do I became a Linux guru?

 Nah... in fact, I haven't use a Linux machine in a year or so. The closest I've been from one is using a virtual machine, using a vm is a need, I don't enjoy doing it at all but it has to be done so its done, I usually chose a very good day to do this because I know I will end up all frustrated...

 I don't think I'll ever try to install any version of Linux anything soon.. its just not for me... starting with actually ask any Linux community for advice on what to use, a simple question quickly becomes this heated debate about distros and quickly scalates into something completely different to what I originally ask... that alone completely scares me away from even attempt to give it another try.

 Then theres the user-friendly thing, no, do not use the typical "but have you tried Ubuntu?" argument. Yes, I have used it, I found it as non-friendly as whatever homemade distro you can find.

 Lastly, the drivers... oh dear lord... if theres something I hate more than the command line is having to spend time hunting down drivers and navigate through endless pages of so called "friendly wikis" and "how to" pages...

 Every single wiki page I have found has the same mistake:  everyone assumes you created Linux itself or are a regular contributer to the Linux kernel...

That or trying to google it and come up with 7,328.17 different ways to do it... each and everyone "better and faster" then the previous one.

I do, however, greatly appreciate all the work done by all the people behind OS drivers.

Another thing, when I spend time on a computer I want to get things done, a PC does this for me in the sense that I do not have to spend half my time googling about how to do X or Y. You may say that once I get "used to" a linux that problem will go away... but the thing is... it takes literally forever to get used to a linux machine... not only that, if you ever want to try a different version then you gotta start all over again.  Its just not practical.


One last thing.  I do not want to become a sys admin or a core kernel contributor... I do not want to hack the Pentagon or put a selfie on the hubble's spectograph...

As cliche as this sounds, thats exactly the "vibe" I get whenever I tried Linux. It feels like I need to know C just to be able to turn on my computer. This has happen every time I tried any Linux version so far, it feels like a downward spiral into been a "hardcore linux" fan  and I simply do not want that.


After all, it was designed by and for command line enthusiasts... and thats something that will always be there.

I tried, I did tried but no luck...

"Linux is for power users, and Windows is for n00bs"

I've seen this popping here and there whenever theres a stupid discussion about linux vs windows. Like any other examples where generalization and extreme views are the only acceptable points of views, this is a rather stupid statement.

Theres more out there than just power users and noobs... its frustrating when asking at any linux community you get inmediately labeled as a noob who "only wants to play farmville on facebook"  its annoying...

Its also pretty annoying that the only argument plenty of Linux fans use is: My noob {insert familiy member here} uses Ubuntu to {insert noob activity here} and s/he doesn't have any trouble, therefore, Linux is suitable for everyone.

WTF?  really? so the only possible options I have is either:

- Be Linus Torvalds
- Play solitarie/farmville


And no, I'm not exaggerating, this is exactly how a big chunk of Linux users see themselves and other people.


Linux assumes that you are an intelligent person


Having the freedom to do whatever you want doesn't make you an intelligent person.


But anyway, enough with the Linux crap.


Do I still only like to write stuff in PHP and nothing else?

This indeed has changed, I am now in peace about learning new things. It has helped me to be better at what I like to do which is doing stuff in PHP.

I didn't particulary like JavaScript, now I do and I enjoy reading about it and try things here and there.  One of the most difficult things to do while writting JS code is not to "write code in a PHP style", that is, do not try to write JS like you would normally write code in PHP, its been difficult and I still do that a lot.

Ruby has always be there as a kind of "mythical milestone..." for some reason or another I haven't really pick it up beyond the basics.

Learning another language, even if its just the basics has helped me to get a better understanding of how PHP behaves.


What other things have changed?

Well, I kinda learnt to accept the fact that if I want to continue writting code in PHP or another language I will have to have some level of Linux/Windows commands...  do I like it?  nope, of course not but I'll do it anyway.  They said everything comes with a price and I guess having to tolerate all this command line crap is the price I have to pay to be able to enjoy coding.

My approach to the command line is: lets end this as quickly as possible. Combined with minimal interaction and a rather suspicious mindset for goggling linux help.  But overall I still do tend to avoid the command line whenever possible.


Do you have a Mac?

Nope!

Do you want have a Mac?

Nope!
      

Jan 08, 2017, 06:39 PM query_builder
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Things I miss



So, I was randomly reading old blog entries, its always funny to read about things you said a few years ago, one of those things is how I used to write.

I use to write this self interviews type of entries, with questions and all of that, kinda miss it though, the act of self-questioning was something I used to do but for some reason I stopped doing it. Thats it. Carry on.
      

Jan 01, 2017, 07:55 PM query_builder
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Paranormal Science


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I like paranormal stuff, I've always been fascinated by it, ghost stories, afterlife, aliens, all of that is simply fascinating...

Whowever, theres certain "stigma" when you openly admit you like that stuff, specially if you are a "science" typ of person.

You almost inmediately get labeled as a "pseudo scientists"  WTF? you inmediately get labeled as somone who tries to rationalize paranormal activity instead of just be rational about it.

Thats what bothers me. I like reading about ghost, about the afterlife an aliens, that doens't mean I am actively trying to rationalize them.

I don't believe in bigfoot, never had, all scientific researchs points out to the fact that such big hominid creature couldn't have spent that many years without any kind of intereaction with humanity. And yet, I still like to read about it, I watch the blurry videos and evidence and cases and stories and all of that.

I don't believe in ghosts, never had. Theres no scientific evidence of them. Thats fine, thats OK, I don't want ghost to be real, I don't want to scientifically prove their existance either... I just like to read stories about them. I enjoy a good ghost story as much as I enjoy reading about thermodynamics or sociology.

The same happens with aliens, I don't think we are all alone in this universe, that doens't mean I am a tin foil hat conspiracy theorists...

This also greatly bothers me, if I happen to talk about aliens, everyone just assume I also believe in the lizard people or earth being flat or ancient aliens stuff...  NO!

I simply and merely think that we aren't the only ones on this universe who had developed some level of intelligence and civilization. No, this doesn't mean I think aliens live within us already...

For starters, the universe is so big and old that theres a good chance some civilizations emerged and died long before us or are so far away that we will never make any contact.

500 years ago we didn't even knew there was this whole new contient with people right next to us. I kinda want to know what will be able to achieve 500 years from now.

Everybody always thinks about aliens comming here but almost no one talks about WE getting there, theres not enough readings about that, perhaps I ain't looking at the right places, who knows... again, the interwebz isn't the best place to go and try to read any serious research about this kind of stuff.  Everything I read inevitably turns into lizard people, xenu and all that pointless stuff...

Fortunately, theres still hope, theres a place I like to read, a lot: http://www.askamathematician.com/?s=aliens

Putting the aliens stuff aside, theres a good chunk of articles about stuff I'm interested in and a lot more a bout things I didn't even knew about which is kinda cool.  I know I wouldn't have been a Physicist/Mathematician, I really am not good with math issues, however, I do like it a lot and I read about it even if theres stuff I don't understand.

Heck, its the only website I am subscribed to.

      

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