Cats and Kids

We have two cats.

They have every reason to be the same. They are from the same litter, have the same parents. They were raised together, by their mother and family, and then by our family.

But they aren’t the same. Ginger is black and Hazel is gray.

More importantly, Ginger knows how to get my attention. She follows me through the house. She jumps up on the bed in the morning and kneads me. She paws me when I’m at the computer. When I pick her up and scratch behind her ears, she purrs immediately. Ginger loves my attention.

Hazel, well Hazel is a cat. She doesn’t ask for attention. She watches me from a “safe” distance. She doesn’t jump up on my bed. She doesn’t paw me. When I pick her up and scratch behind her ears, she is slow to purr. Yet, Hazel loves my attention.

We have four kids.

AgilePalooza Reading List

It’s Friday the 13th — what better way to spend it then attending AgilePalooza? I added to my reading list today.

ISBN is 0201745763 Michael Tardiff of SolutionsIQ gave me his business card with Pair Programming Illuminated by Laurie Williams and Robert Kessler written on the back. Oh, and a comment like, “Very illuminating.” One more book for my to-read list.
ISBN is 0307887898 I learned about The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries at Intel’s 2012 Agile Conference. It was recommended again in an open space session at AgilePalooza.

I added these books to my interesting books page. Do you have a favorite Agile book to recommend to me?

UC Berkeley CS169 SaaS Online for Free

UC Berkeley offers its CS169 Software as a Service class online for free.

Software Engineering – Ideas and techniques for designing, developing, and modifying large software systems. Function-oriented and object-oriented modular design techniques, designing for re-use and maintainability. Specification and documentation. Verification and validation. Cost and quality metrics and estimation. Project team organization and management. Students will work in teams on a substantial programming project.

Agile is a major component. Useful links:

You won’t get any credit for taking this course online, just knowledge.

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