Blog of Rob Galanakis (@techartistsorg)

Archive for May, 2014

There is no essence of Agile

real agile is: talk to the users directly, know their pain point, address it, repeat. -someone on Twitter who I disagree with In many conversations about Agile, especially as of late, I read something like the above tweet. I don’t know where the idea that Agile can be distilled...

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Deploying a C# app through pip

“If we bundle up this C# application inside of a Python package archive we can deploy it through our internal CheeseShop server with very little work.” That sentence got me a lot of WTF’s and resulted in one of the worst abuses of any system I’ve ever committed. We...

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Adjustable standing desks should be mandatory

At CCP’s Iceland office, everyone’s desk is able to adjust into a sitting or standing position. I don’t know who decided this perk. It must have been a huge expense. Adjustable sit/stand desks are already expensive in the USA, and in Iceland I’m sure they were three to five...

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Maya Python Binaries for Windows

I’ve put together a page to link and host all the various Python C extensions compiled for various flavors of Autodesk Maya on Windows: http://www.robg3d.com/maya-windows-binaries/ This is due to Maya using newer VS compilers than Python 2.6/2.7, which uses VS2008. Much more info on the page. I’ll try and...

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The myth of the brilliant jerk

Do not tolerate brilliant jerks. The cost to teamwork is too high. – Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO So I was all prepared to write about how much I hate this quote, but Freddy Nager already did. It is thorough and insightful and explains how out of context this quote...

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Results are not the point, followup

In response to a previous post explaining the phrase “Results are not the point“, commenter RenRen Gabás says: Both approaches have their own place. It’s easy to see why Toyota/Lean works well with manufacturing and operations. Continuous service and operations needs continual improvements. However, there are times when you...

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Book done, back to blogging

This morning, I send in my final-est drafts for my book, Practical Maya Programming with Python. This is actually the second time it’s gone to production. The editing process has been, uh, challenging, which resulted in several months of delays. I’ll post with more information when it’s for sale,...

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