A modern day agile analysis of the Mythical Man-Month and the system that almost destroyed IBM.

In writing “The Mythical Man-Month”, Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. provided insight into the firestorm of software management, innovation, and leadership of the 1960s. Brooks was one of the people leading the delivery of IBM’s OS/360 project, an ambitious family of machines that scaled up in ability and implemented new and exciting technologies. IBM’s OS/360 was also over-due by more than a year, over-budget by five billion dollars, and over-complicated by today’s standards. …


Job hunting inevitably comes with rejections, and for people with rejection sensitive dysphoria those rejections can be physically painful.

[Disclosure: The humble author is not a medical professional and cannot provide medical advice.]

[Content warning: This article makes brief mention of self-harm and suicidal ideation/behaviors.]

In the past month, I’ve received at least thirty job rejections.

Job hunting is a numbers game. Every job listing has a pool of candidates at different points in hiring pipelines, with subjective judgment from hiring teams, with seemingly on-a-whim financial decisions from the hiring company. A candidate is left at the mercy of luck…


I’m a woman and a software engineer, and I should’ve known better than to ask the internet.

As the child of a blue collar, middle class family, I grew up around feelings of fealty to employers. My parents grew up impoverished, so their fear of financial instability takes the form of loyalty to the bossman. (As laborers, they also have a deep love for unions. Power to the workers!) They taught me to be grateful for stable income, and to not ask for too much for fear of retracted offers or resentment.

But how much is “too much” to ask…


Because sometimes you gotta do a work around!

If you got overzealous with the badge selection, or accidentally selected one, you need a way to clean that up.

First, click the “Show More” button, and then the “Edit” button under the badges section.

Once you click the “Edit” button, your badge selection menu will pop up.

A pop up from Polywork of badges chosen by @grem. Listed is “Dark Mode Enthusiast”, “Neurodivergent”, “Mental Health”, and “Software Engineering”.
A pop up from Polywork of badges chosen by @grem. Listed is “Dark Mode Enthusiast”, “Neurodivergent”, “Mental Health”, and “Software Engineering”.
Dark Mode ftw

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AKA “The Agile Approach to Rainbows”

The intention of this post is to give a brief presentation and explanation of data regarding LGBT+ people in tech, and how that data relates to teams practicing DevOps.

The CA(L)MS Model

The CA(L)MS Model is a model developed by Damon Edwards and John Willis, intended to give a simple formula for organizations looking to adopt DevOps.

Image description: A triangle is separated into four different layers. The bottom layer says Culture, the layer above Culture says Automation, the next layer says Measurement, and the top layer says Sharing. Between the Automation and Measurement layer, an arrow leaves the pyramid and has “Lean” above it. Each layer has an arrow leaving it with a description of each concept, which are also described in the text below.
Image description: A triangle is separated into four different layers. The bottom layer says Culture, the layer above Culture says Automation, the next layer says Measurement, and the top layer says Sharing. Between the Automation and Measurement layer, an arrow leaves the pyramid and has “Lean” above it. Each layer has an arrow leaving it with a description of each concept, which are also described in the text below.
It’s like a more agile Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

Starting from the bottom, we have Culture.

Culture in this definition is how team members interact with each other. It primarily focuses on encouraging team members to learn; embracing failure as a method of learning; and having trust in other…

Jess Schalz

Software engineer, non-profit fundraiser, and autistic as heck. (she/they) @jessica_schalz

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