Upcoming Talk on Effective Mobile Engineering Teams

I’m working on a talk about running effective mobile engineering teams – I’d love to know what questions you have about this, what you worry about when it comes to mobile teams in your organization, and what you’ve found most helpful to communicate about them. Comments or email or DMs on Twitter welcome! Title: YOLO […]

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Speaker Notes: How To Be Invisible

Speaker notes from a talk I gave earlier this year at Try!Swift, and 360iDev. There was an article I read last September that profoundly affected my thinking. It was by Sarah Tavel, and is called “Times have changed — going after dollars vs minutes”. She breaks products down into minutes – which I think of as attention […]

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Giving Up on Android Wear

I discarded my Android watch in the UK. My brief period as the kind of idiot that wears two smart watches is over. I’m all in on iOS. The irony is I actually preferred the Android wear, I haven’t really made sense of the Apple Watch and it’s even more annoying to have a bunch […]

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Empathy and Mobile Development

One of the (many?) things my team may be tired of hearing from me is “empathy is part of our job”. What do I mean by that? Well as mobile developers, we are the closest to the humans that use our product. We need to have empathy for our users – what do they need? […]

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Android: Touch to Change Image

On iOS I do this using a button (with different pressed state), and I figured it would be the same on Android, but turns out, no. Step 1: Add a second image to the XML, and set the visibility to “gone”. Step 2: Add a tap target that changes visibility. Step 3: There is no step […]

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Mobile is a Systems Problem

Whistler Spring Skiing

Notes from a talk I gave at @NSConf and @iOSDevUK. I used to be a ski instructor. Back when I was in grad school. Weekdays I would write code, academic papers, and teach first year programming. And at the weekend I would be out in the fresh air, teaching people, mostly kids, to ski. One […]

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Cross-Platform Development Decisions

I’ve started to port Show and Hide to Android. There’s still a lot to do, but I hit a milestone of having it working end to end on the emulator last week, which was exciting. One of my friends asked if I was using any libraries to make it easier, and the short answer is no. But […]

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#iOSDevUK: Tehila Sabag: Mobile Monetization – Navigating in a Free Eco-System

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My notes from Tehila’s talk at iOSDevUK. StartApp – mobile monetisation platform. Brains and beauty of the mobile industry. Right ad, right time, right user. Using BA tools and data. Beauty side – most engaging and appealing ads. How do you make your app stand out in a crowd? How do I retain the user? […]

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The Entire Dev Team is Sick

I’m working on an app right now. I’ve been working on it since I escaped my gilded cage, modulo distractions – consulting, travel, talks, writing. It’s fun, working on my idea, and thankfully I met a great designer so it’s not going to be Developer Art. And it’s cool. I’ve had a working demo for a while […]

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