Estimating the Size of a Feature

Estimates are important. Get it right and you can deliver at regular intervals. Get it wrong and you’ll languish it “when is that going to be done?” land. Software engineers are notoriously terrible at estimates. Recently, I sold my house. One thing that stood out to me during the appraisal process was that the appraiser ….  Read More

Twenty Minutes of Code: To Eject or Not to Eject

There are some side projects that I have tried to work on in only twenty minutes at a time. This is an interesting constraint because software is notoriously time-consuming. The result is interesting too. I spend a lot of time distilling my next step down into something that is 1) an improvement and 2) complete. ….  Read More

Beta Testing: Robotic Secretary

At American Appworks, we’ve developed a significant amount of technology to automate secretarial work. Now, we’re taking it one step further. Starting today, we are opening our beta testing program to the public for an initiative we lovingly call “Robotic Secretary” or “RoboSec.” Using Natural Language Processing technology, our app allows you to *quickly* track ….  Read More

Beta Testing: Phone to Slack

We are currently accepting beta testers for a program we refer to as “Phone to Slack” because, well… it routes text and voice telephony directly into Slack. If you haven’t tried Slack, you should. It’s a great way to help your team keep in touch. It’s one of the few pieces of software that “just ….  Read More