About author

Trevor Hunter

I am a leader and coach with a knack for technology. I’m a Chief Technology Officer, a mountain biker, a husband and a Dad. My curiosity to understand out how things work and my desire to use that understanding to help others are the things I hope my kids inherit from me.

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” - Albert Einstein

I started BinaryRefinery as a way for me to bring my infectious curiosity and useful experience to a wider variety of situations. I have a talent to absorb many threads of noisy information and act to create a signal that teams can act on. I try to quickly start making sense of most situations and rapidly become a trusted advisor.

I am currently the Chief Technology Officer of Rakuten Kobo. Here I lead the Research & Development organization where our mission is to deliver the best devices and the best services for our readers. We innovate, create partnerships, and deliver software, hardware, and services to millions of users worldwide.

Author's posts

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I discuss how we tested and adopted RavenDB at Rakuten Kobo, comparing it to Couchbase and MongoDB.

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How to do a POC instead of a design

We to do up-front design because it we think it is hard to change code. What should we do when it’s easy to change and deploy new code?

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Agile Fundamentals

To me, agile isn’t a process or methodology. Its a set of fundamental principles put into practice. Here are my fundamentals.

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Redefining Velocity

In agile circles, measuring velocity is usually frowned upon. Here’s a way to use it for good.

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In my author profile, I describe myself as “curious”. Here are a few of those ways that curiosity drives me to be better.

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Competence vs. Confidence

Today, a friend told me they were worried they wouldn’t be promoted because they lacked confidence in a technology. I explained how I value competence over confidence.

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Important Priorities

When we feel busy, some of us usually reach for a pen and write down our priorities for the upcoming week. We have an intention that we tackle that list from top to bottom, but we never do. Why is that?

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Hello World

Here’s a bit of meta info about what we’re doing here.

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Distributed Workforces

One day, I’d like to go to work in the place I choose to live, not lose time commuting to a central office.