Hiring a ruby on rails developer

One of our team is moving on. So we’re looking to hire one full-time, experienced developer. At Simon & Schuster, we’ve created a small, collaborative team where people can do their best, learn in a collegial environment and get home at a reasonable hour. We work at a sustainable pace because after five years as a Ruby on Rails team we know the value of staying current, refactoring our codebase, and cleaning up tech debt. We pair, we test drive, … Read More

Presentation: Agile Values, Innovation and the Shortage of Women Software Developers


Ken Judy Agile Values Innovation And The Shortage Of Women Software Developers.Shared View more PowerPoint from kenjudy Presentation notes: http://khj.me/KLKm0u Judy, K.H.; , “Agile Values, Innovation and the Shortage of Women Software Developers,” System Science (HICSS), 2012 45th Hawaii International Conference on , vol., no., pp.5279-5288, 4-7 Jan. 2012 doi: 10.1109/HICSS.2012.92 Abstract: The percentage of women software developers in the U.S. has declined from 42% in 1987 to less than 25% today. This is in a software/internet marketplace where women … Read More

Agile’s broad adoption and mediocrity – the fault lies…

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I have to admit, I cringe whenever I say “agile” or “scrum” (™?) Even as I practice both every workday and care deeply for the values they represent. Successful movements take on a cloying “fill me with your knowledge” cast. A perpetual newbie state where new adherents come on faster than existing practitioners have opportunity to develop experience and wisdom. I really don’t need to have another conversation about how to phrase the first sentence of a user story. And … Read More

Making an iteration/sprint burn up chart with Thoughtworks Studio Mingle

As I’ve said before, we use Thoughtworks Studio Mingle to track our backlogs. One thing Mingle has not provided for us in the time we’ve worked with it is a daily burn up. Kind of shocking. Last month, we migrated our instance to the EC2 cloud. I took advantage of that migration to un-cruft our Mingle instance, apply the XP template and simplify card types and states. Now time to stop dumping data out of mingle to report status. Yes. … Read More

Our team is hiring an agile ruby on rails developer

Hi, We’re looking for a developer to join our team at Simon & Schuster. We’re a small shop mainly working in Ruby on Rails. We practice Extreme Programming (XP) and Scrum. We value sustainable pace, work/life balance, and the sanity and happiness of our team members. You can look at the full posting on Craig’s List or Simon & Schuster’s corporate jobs extranet. Unfortunately, no recruiters. Thanks.