What skills and knowledge are developers lacking? How do developers view their current skill sets? How do we help developers add to their toolbox of skills? How can we promote better software engineering practices? At a time when qualified development talent is at a premium, any organization with a development team must be asking these […]

Our Next Bold Move

It is a very exciting day for us at Don’t Panic Labs. Today, we are announcing that we have completed the purchase of investment fund Nebraska Global’s interest in the company. I’m not sure how to put this other than saying that this is a big deal. Perhaps it’s as significant as the steps taken […]

Get to Know SWEBOK

Last week, I had the privilege to give the opening keynote at the 2021 Nebraska.Code() conference. My topic was Musings on Developer Maturity and Growth where I laid out a model for creating developer maturity proto-personas using IEEE’s Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge, or SWEBOK for short. I mentioned as I introduced […]

The countless tragic deaths, most recently of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, and the recent violence we have seen play out have reinforced the need for our society to participate in some difficult conversations about who we are and who we want to be. As we witness powerful expressions of grief and anger […]

Have you ever been asked a question along the lines of … “Are you an Agile dev shop?” In my experience, this question is asking, “Are you following an Agile methodology?” and not, “Are you agile?” I think the distinction is important. It seems we have come to a point where whether you are following […]