Motley says: "Inspections suck… time that is"

Summary   Motley:  Inspections seem a bit heavy. They suck up too much time for little gain.   Maven:  Inspections are actually a fairly light-weight structured process that find more issues compared to ad-hoc peer reviews and team reviews. ______________________________   [Context: Maven and Motley are continuing a conversation about code reviews, now with a…

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Motley says: "Quick peer reviews are sufficient. Team reviews? Waste of time."

Summary   Motley:  Quick ad-hoc peer reviews are sufficient to nail bugs early in the development cycle.   Maven: A more structured team-based code review process can lead to more issues found. ______________________________   [Context: Maven overhears a code review that is happening in Motley’s office]   Maven: Hey Mot. Were you and Marvin just…

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Motley says: "The only tool I need is the debugger (Part 2)"

Summary Motley: The debugger is my most valuable tool as a developer. Maven: Check out other tools that will give you the big picture of the current state of your system, including .NET Reflector, NotePad++, Regulator, TestDriven.NET, and Fiddler. ______________________________ [Context: A couple days after the initial conversation about developer tools, Maven and Motley are…

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Motley says: "The only tool I need is the debugger (Part 1)"

Summary Motley: The debugger is my most valuable tool as a developer. Maven: Check out other tools that will give you the big picture of the current state of your system, including Process Monitor, Process Explorer, and AutoRuns. ______________________________ [Context: Maven is observing Motley work and notices that Motley’s favorite tool is the debugger] Maven:…

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Motley says: "Seeing my manager in the hallway is all the interaction I need"

Summary   Motley:  Regular one-on-one meetings with my manager are pointless. Hallway conversations are good enough.   Maven: Schedule weekly 1:1 meetings with your manager. Track your agenda throughout the week, and have a monthly discussion about your performance. ______________________________   [Context: Maven has been thinking about management best practices and thought he would ask…

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