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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.

A photo of colourful graffiti depicting Albert Einstein overlaid with the word "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious."


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.

Blocks of wood that spell "If not now when"

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?

A scene from Pixar's "Inside Out" that shows a pink elephant and two characters sorting through blocks labelled "facts" and "opinions"

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.