Brendan Enrick

Daily Software Development

2015 Software Craftsmanship Calendar

People have been asking about the 2015 Software Craftsmanship Calendars. I’ve got good news and bad news for those of you who are looking forward to another software craftsmanship calendar to hang on your walls at work, home, or someone else’s wall.

The Good News

I’ve made significant progress on a calendar, and I’ve got enough concepts, jokes, one-liners written, and sketches for the next two calendars! These next couple of calendars are going to be full of awesome content that you’re all going to love.

The Bad News

Due to circumstances outside of my control, there will not be a 2015 Software Craftsmanship Calendar, so you will all have to wait one year before your replacement calendar is available.

The Future

Please keep the space open on your wall. Steve Smith and I are dedicated to making sure that the next Software Craftsmanship Calendar is better than the previous ones. Follow me and Steve on twitter and pay attention next year for updates about the calendar.

Schedule Standups in the Morning

It may not seem like it’s that big of a deal. I know a lot of people make sure to have a daily standup meeting either with just the team or involving the client. Either way, it’s very important to schedule these meetings in the morning. The reason for the level of importance I place on this is the tone of the meeting.

The most important thing to get out of a standup meeting is having everyone on the same page for what’s going to be done that day. You need to know who’s there, who’s working on what, if priorities are changing. It’s your opportunity to know what is going to happen that day (most likely happen).

If you conduct this meeting in the afternoon or near the end of the day, the tone can shift to discussing what did or didn’t get done. That’s all well and good to know, but it detracts from the discussion of the future. Remember, you only get so much time; use that time to make the next step a better one. Focus on where you’re going, not where you’ve been.