Richard Clayton – Software Estimation is a Losing Game

There are so many unseen downsides to estimation. Instead, prioritize and get to work.

 

Software Estimation is a Losing Game – Should we even bother?

An alternative:

Let’s call it, Budget-Driven Development, or BuDD for short. In BuDD, development teams are given a set of resources and develop what they can until the budget is gone. I’m sure I just gave someone a heart attack, but when you think about it, it’s not too unreasonable. Many contracts have fixed time and costs. You make a guarantee that the customer will get a specific number of man-hours of development. Given a prioritized backlog, developers work on the three most important items. I imagine it would work similar Pandora’s prioritization model, but not be constrained by time.

You guarantee quality to your customer by:

  • Delivering capability often.
  • Allowing the customer to prioritize development.

Read the full article at: rclayton.silvrback.com

CodePen Projects – Zero setup, full-featured front end web development environment, right here in your web browser

Build and host simple websites with… CodePen?

 

Your sidebar. Whatever files you need.

Web Design 101. You have a homepage and a contact page. Your `index.html` links to `contact.html` with a anchor link. That works exactly as you think it would in the CodePen Project Editor.

Everything works exactly as you would expect in developing a website with a local file system and simple web server. Relative file paths to your images? No problem. @import in your CSS? Do it. Ajax requests? Sure thing. Nested folders? Got ’em.

Read more from the source: codepen.io

Getting to know CSS Grid Layout

CSS Grids may reduce your need for media queries

 

CSS Grid is the most critical layout feature to come to browsers since Flexbox. It allows us to escape some of the magic numbers, hacks, and workarounds that we’ve grown accustomed to using for the last 15 years. It brings simplicity to declaring layouts that will tear a chunk out of most of the major CSS frameworks, and reduce bloat in our own hand crafted styles.

If you’re not familiar with what CSS Grid is, and you’ve made it this far, it’s a layout tool that applies to a containing element which then manages how the child elements are spaced, sized, and aligned.

CSS Grid gives us powerful new abilities — most notably for layout to be aware of both horizontal and vertical space at the same time, for changes to layout not to impact markup, and the ability adapt to available space without the need for media queries.

Read more from the source: Campaign Monitor Engineering

Replacing the Jet Engine While Still Flying

Firefox is taking a one-piece-at-a-time strategy to replace the Gecko rendering engine with a modern one coded in Rust.

 

Mozilla’s been working on a brand new, top-secret engine. Except it’s totally not top-secret. Never was. At another company it would have been a top-secret project. At Mozilla, it’s all done out in the open.

The project is called Servo. It was started as an experiment. It’s coded in a new programming language called Rust. (Gecko is written in C++.) And it’s open source. You can totally help us make it.

Read more from the source: jensimmons.com

Lessons Learned from Scaling Uber to 2000 Engineers, 1000 Services, and 8000 Git repositories

From 200 engineers to 2000 in 18 months: Uber has some great takeaways on growing development teams

 

That’s crazy 10x growth in a crazy short period of time. Who has experienced that? Not many. And as you might expect that sort of unique, compressed, fast paced, high stakes experience has to teach you something new, something deeper than you understood before.

Read more from the source: highscalability.com