Things Software Leaders Should Know

Reflecting on a tumultuous but ultimately successful year. Here’s what I’ve learned, re-learned, or cemented in my “2015 things (software engineering) leaders should know”: On Measurement Measure everything, as early as possible. Collecting data is cheap. You will not know you need it until after you need it. Do not build anything (teams, features, processes) without […]

Where are the Developers?

The amazing recruiting team at Vend have hired a few awesome software developers to add to our already incredible team. But it is hard work. Really, really bloody hard. So hard that I sometimes wonder what we’re doing wrong. Are we looking for the right people? Are we sending the right messages to attract those people? I’ve been thinking […]

Using TeamCity and PowerShell to Deploy Automated Builds to Windows Azure

We’re building an ASP.NET MVC3 website that runs in Windows Azure, using the fabulous TeamCity as our build server. So far we have been just building and running the site locally on the build server, but we wanted to extend our build process into the cloud.